December 11, 2013
The New York State Resilience Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE) was recently launched at the Governor’s Conference on Emergency Preparedness in Albany. The institute is housed jointly at NYU-Poly and Stony Brook University. The new center will apply the expertise available at New York’s top universities to aid state and local communities and first responders in their preparation and response to extreme weather, and to ensure long-term resilience.
The center will study cause-and-effect mechanisms for damage to infrastructure, evaluate existing assessments of vulnerabilities of communities and critical facilities, and extrapolate storm risks from climate change conditions, among other research projects.
Professor Fletcher (Bud) Griffis of NYU-Poly’s Department of Civil and Urban Engineering will serve as director of NYS RISE, and Stony Brook’s Minghua Zhang will serve as co-director. They will be joined by faculty at Columbia University, Cornell University, Brookhaven National Lab, and the City University of New York.
“We are proud to be a partner of this public-private project that will serve as a hub of research and education on coastal preparedness and sustainability,” says Katepalli Sreenivasan, president of NYU-Poly. “At a time when New York has truly felt the devastating effects of extreme weather conditions, NYS RISE will help prepare our region for climate change in the long term and bring us closer to becoming a hurricane- and flood-resilient city.”
Additional NYU faculty who will be involved in NYS RISE include NYU-Poly professors Francisco de Leon, Masoud Ghandehari, Kaan Ozbay, Stephan Bless, and Haralambos “Bob” Vasiliadis; professor David Holland, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences; professor Rae Zimmerman, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; and professor Constantine Kontokosta, Center for Urban Science and Progress.