Research Goal

The ultimate research goal of MHS-DRISK LAB. is to identify Resilient Modern Society against Natural and Man-made Hazards including NaTech (Natural Hazard Triggered Technological) hazards by protecting critical infrastructure systems

 MHS DRISK Research Lab Research Interests                                                   

- Multi-Scale Numerical Modeling and Simulation for Nonlinear Dynamic Structural Behavior
- Probabilistic Multi-Hazard Analysis for both Natural Phenomena and Man-made Conditions
- Probabilistic Risk and Reliability Assessment and Mitigation for Structures and Complex Systems
- Blast / Earthquake Engineering
- Big Data Analysis Application to Structural Engineering

Structures and Complex Systems include (not limited to) Buildings, Hospitals, Energy Production Facilities, Offshore Installations, Infrastructure Network Systems, Biomedical Devices, etc.

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 MHS DRISK Research Lab Resilient Community Research Modules               

Module I: Multi-Hazard Research
The main research tasks of Module I are to identify, characterize, and assess critical hazards to inform the frequencies and intensities at a specific site, and the correlations between hazards.

Category 1 - Natural Hazards
                      A. Earthquake
                      B. Floods
                      C. Stroms
                      D. Future items
Category 2 - Technological Hazards
                      A. Explosions
                      B. Fires
                      C. Impact Loads
                      D. Collisions
                      E. Future items

Module II: Multi-Scale Failure Research 
The main research tasks of Module II are to perform modeling and simulations for structural behavior at the system level based on material responses and to quantify the risks to the community based on the system level structural damage.

Category 1. Constitutive/Component Level
                      A. Structural components
                      B. Pipelines
                      C. Future items

Category 2. System Level
                      A. Structural systems
                      B. Lifeline systems
                      C. Transportation systems
                      D. Future items

Category 3. Community Level; (coastal, waterfront, urban, rural ... )
                      A. Economic impact
                      B. Human safety
                      C. Environmental impact

 Research Opportunities at MHS DRISK Research Lab                                      

► MHS-DRISK Lab. is seeking for outstanding candidates for Graduate Student Research Assistants and Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Highly motivated individuals with strong GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Instinct, and Tenacity) please visit the Job Posting webpage for more details.

► Also, Highly motivated K-12 and undergraduate students are always welcome to MHS-DRISK Lab for research experience. Please contact Professor Heo via email to yaheo [at] case [doc] edu identifying a specific MHS DRISK LAB Research Module of interest. 


 MHS DRISK Research Lab Research Personnel                                                 

Graduate Students

P2. Zahra Ameli (Fall 2018~Present) Ph.D. Candidate in University of Tehran, Iran
       Research Topic: "Effective Parameters on Seismic Behavior of Secondary Systems"

P1. Maryam Mortazavi (Fall 2016~Present) Ph.D.
       Research Topic: "The Effects of the Climate Change on Lifetime Probabilistic Risk Modleing for Natrual Gas Infrastructure Systems and Coastal Communities"
       M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran (2015)
       B.S., Civil Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran (2011)

M2. Samuel Shiau  (Winter 2018~Present) BS/MS
       Research Topic: "Probabilistic Risk-Based Three-Dimensional Seismic Performance Evaluation for Hospitals" 

M1. Jennifer DoVale  (Fall 2017~Present) BS/MS
       Research Topic: "System Level Performance Evaluation of Oil Refinery Infrastructure Subjected to Multiple Dynamic Actions

Undergraduate Students 
U8. Rachel Zable (Spring 2017)
       2017 Research ShowCASE Team member

U7. Olivia Okafor (Spring 2017)
        2017 Research ShowCASE Team member

U6. Saurav Sharma (Spring 2017)
Research ShowCASE Team member

U5. Jessica McCoy (Spring 2017)
       2017 Research ShowCASE Team Leader
Impact of Natural Gas Pipeline System Failure on Urban Communities"

U4. Annastasia Wong (Fall 2016)
       2017 Research ShowCASE Team member
Underground Natural Gas Pipeline Failure Incidents"

U3. Spencer Ehl (Spring 2017) 
       Review of Waterborne Debris Impact

U2. Zachary Lyon (Spring 2017) 
       Review of Waterborne Debris Impact

U1. Benjamin Allen (Fall 2015)
       ECIV300: Undergraduate Research

Summer Interns 
U2. Han Liu (2017) from Wuhan University, China (Admitted to UC Berkeley for MS in Fall 2018)
       "Ice Impact on Offshore Infrastructure Systems"

U1. Benjamin Allen (2015)
       "Nonlinear Dynamic Fiber Element Analysis"

K1. Amanda Agui (2015) from Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville, OH
       "Validating Mander’s Constitutive Model for the Monotonic Behavior of Reinforcing Steel Bars"
        Amanda is currently studying at University of Connecticut as STEM Scholar student.