The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter). The renewal award provides $12.75M over the next 4 years to develop and promote advanced modeling and simulation technologies for natural hazards engineering to understand and quantify the effects of earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural hazards on buildings, lifelines, and communities. The SimCenter is creating computational tools and complementary education programs that are empowering researchers to innovate new strategies for mitigating risk and promoting community resilience to natural hazards.
The SimCenter is headquartered at UC Berkeley and led by principal investigator (PI) Sanjay Govindjee (UC Berkeley) and co-PI Gregory G. Deierlein (Stanford University), who serve as co-directors. Other Stanford participants include Jack Baker, Catherine Gorle, Kincho Law, Adam Zsarnoczay (Associate Director for Research Outreach), Kuanshi Zhong (Post-Doc), and Lup Wai (Post-Doc). To learn more, visit https://simcenter.designsafe-ci.org/