Princeton University Resilient-City Lab

2016 Faculty Research Award

Award Period: 2016-2018

Associate Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens and Professor Maria Moreyra Garlock, both in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Steven Strauss, visiting lecturer in public affairs and the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor, will work to understand and prepare for possible scenarios following extreme events such as earthquakes, the outbreak of fire after an earthquake or storm surges following a hurricane. Through collaborations with city and emergency personnel in Seattle, New York City and New Jersey, the researchers will examine the interconnectedness of urban social, economic and infrastructure networks. By understanding how damage to one network affects the others, they plan to create a tool for policymakers and emergency workers focused on disaster preparedness and prevention. Their project will examine systems such as the interdependency of water and electrical systems, the consequences of an earthquake on roadway accessibility for emergency operations, and the reliability of storm-surge barriers and the consequences of barrier failure.

Seattle Fire Dept. in a meeting with Princeton Univ. representatives (M. Garlock and research team)

Educational Impacts

Undergraduate students will be offered internships working on resilience-related projects with government agencies and communities. A colloquium and new course will be developed that encourage academic and practical approaches to real-world policy questions. For the course, students will undertake a semester-long research project to address a resiliency issue for an actual urban government entity. Finally, results from the projects could lead to case studies that other researchers, institutions and policymakers can use.

Participating Department


Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Visiting Lecturer in Public Affairs and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor

Undergraduate Students

  • Hanna Berhane, Class of 2019 (CEE)
  • Stuart Pomeroy, Class of 2018 (WWS)