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102J Dupont HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassEC53E49D18234145A2818F9621767112"><p>Rachel Davidson is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a core faculty member in the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. After completing her B.S.E. from Princeton University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, she spent two years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, then six years at Cornell University, both as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. Following a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University, she joined the faculty at the University of Delaware and the Disaster Research Center in 2007. She was a Visiting Professor and Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for the 2013-14 academic year.</p><p>Davidson conducts research on natural disaster risk modeling and civil infrastructure systems. Her work involves developing new engineering models to better characterize the impact of future natural disasters, and use that understanding to support decisions to help reduce future losses. It focuses particularly on lifelines (e.g., electric power, water supply) and risk from a regional perspective; on earthquakes and hurricanes. Problems in this field typically involve a great deal of uncertainty, a long time horizon, multiple and competing objectives, and sometimes numerous and conflicting constituencies. They are often spatial and dynamic, and the technical aspects must be understood in the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts in which they exist.<br></p><p>She is a Fellow and Past-President of the <a href="">Society for Risk Analysis</a>, winner of the 2019 ASCE <a href="" title="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award</a>,  and past-Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE). Davidson is a 2016 Fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (<a href="">ELATE at Drexel </a>) program. She has been a mentor for the NSF-funded Career Enhancement of Academic Women in Earthquake Engineering (ENHANCE) program and the NSF-funded “Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disaster Researchers” program.</p></div><div class="ExternalClass3251043B36C14FB48896FA376F7A8F2D"><p>​Natural disaster risk modeling and civil infrastructure systems​</p></div>Research, Rachel302-831-4952<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/DAVIDSON%20Rachel.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Core Faculty, Disaster Research CenterAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of EngineeringProfessor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering



Collaborative Research: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Modeling Multiple Stakeholder Decision Making to Reduce Regional Natural Disaster RiskDavidson, Rachel;Trainor, Josephrdavidso;jtrainorNational Science Foundation; Department of Homeland Security
Infrastructure System Damage Modeling with Data from the 2010-2011 Christchurch, New Zealand EarthquakesDavidson, RachelrdavidsoInternally Funded
Hazards SEES Type 2: Dynamic Integration of Natural, Human, and Infrastructure Systems for Hurricane Evacuation and ShelteringDavidson, Rachel;Wachtendorf, Triciardavidso;twachtenNational Science Foundation
NSF COLLAB RSH CRISP Type 2: Defining and Optimizing Societal Objectives for the Earthquake Risk Management of Critical InfrastructureDavidson, Rachel;Kendra, Jamesrdavidso;jmkendraNational Science Foundation
NSF LEAP HI: Embedding regional hurricane risk management in the life of a community: A computational frameworkDavidson, Rachel;Trainor, Josephrdavidso;jtrainorNational Science Foundation; Cornell University; East Carolina University
NSF SCC-CIVIC-PG Track B: An Integrated Scenario-based Hurricane Evacuation Management Tool to Support Community PreparednessDavidson, Rachel;Wachtendorf, Triciardavidso;twachtenNational Science Foundation
NSF HDBE: Collaborative research: Leveraging massive smartphone location data to improve understanding and prediction of behavior in hurricanesDavidson, Rachel;DeYoung, Sarah;Trivedi, Jennifer;Wachtendorf, Triciardavidso;sedeyoun;jtrivedi;twachtenNational Science Foundation

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