NIST approves $20 million grant for resilience planning center


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has approved a second $20 million, five-year grant for Rice and a consortium of other universities to support the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning. Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of CEE, has joined Jamie Padgett, who serves on the center’s leadership team.

The center has developed a computer model for community resilience, IN-CORE, or the Interconnected Networked Community Resilience Modeling Environment. Built on an open-source platform, the model, software and databases will incorporate a risk-based approach to decision-making.

Over the next five years, Padgett, Dueñas-Osorio and other center researchers will work in a cooperative agreement with NIST to advance resilience models for infrastructure and interdependent socio-economic systems, as well as test the modeling framework in communities.

Dr. Padgett and Dr. Duenas-Osorio