About the Student Merit Competition
EISG organizes a student merit competition to promote excellence in risk analysis research for engineering and infrastructure management. Students at any level are encouraged to submit an extended abstract on their research during the SRA call for presentations at the Annual Meeting (occurs in the spring). Finalists are selected and invited to submit a video presentation, usually in the late summer. Each finalist should also be prepared to present his or her research during the SRA Annual Meeting in December. The winner is announced at the EISG business meeting at the annual meeting.
Jinzhu Yu Wins 2017 Student Merit Competition
Congratulations to Jinzhu Yu for winning the student merit award given by EISG at its business meeting during the SRA Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA, on December 11, 2017.
Mr. Yu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Before joining Vanderbilt, Mr. Yu received his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Tongji University, China. His research is focused on the quantification of community resilience using statistical methods. Due to the nature of extreme events, a big challenge in this problem is the lack of data. As such, the objective of his work is to develop statistical learning tools that provide accurate predictions of parameters describing a community’s recovery trajectory in order to inform resource allocation before, during, and after a disaster. Jinzhu has been working on a new class of models, hierarchical Bayesian kernel methods, and testing it on a case study assessing the recovery rate of communities from power outages. This work will ultimately help risk managers and disaster responders in identifying effective recovery strategies for communities that are bouncing back from disruptions.
Jinzhu also takes great interest in the fields of uncertainty quantification, and decision making. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jinzhu-yu-878063b5/
Watch the Videos of the Student Finalists for the 2017 Student Competition!
Mr. Yu won based on his YouTube videos describing his research. In addition to Mr. Yu, three other finalists submitted YouTube videos. Members of the EISG community were invited to watch the videos and vote for the winner based on several criteria. All four finalists produced excellent videos and demonstrate some of the wonderful research produced by graduate students in engineering and infrastructure risk. The EISG executive committee wishes to congratulate and thank all of the finalists, and we were extremely impressed by their videos and presentations. You can watch their videos by clicking on the links:
- Jinzhu Yu, Vanderbilt University, Modeling Community Resilience Using Hierarchical Bayesian Kernel Method
- Huiling Hu, University of Maryland, Extreme Precipitation Models with Serial Dependency in a Changing Climate
- Zachary Collier, University of Virginia, Scenario-Based Schedule Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Systems
Past Winners with Links to Their Videos
- 2017 Jinzhu Yu, Vanderbilt University, Modeling Community Resilience Using Hierarchical Bayesian Kernel Method
- 2016 Travis Carless, Carnegie Mellon University, The economic and societal impact of baseload power generation on local communities
- 2015 Scott Thacker, A Multi-Scale Analysis of Interdependent National Infrastructure Network Risk
- 2014 Elizabeth Connelly, University of Virginia, Risk Analysis Methods as Roadmap for Engineering Innovations
- 2013 (tie) Hiba Baroud, University of Oklahoma, Modeling Resilience Stochastic Metrics with Bayesian Kernel Methods: Application to Inland Waterway Networks
- 2013 (tie) Mahalia Miller, Stanford University, Simulation Approaches for Assessing the Impacts on Equity in a Region due to Earthquakes
- 2012 Stephen Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, Quantifying the Hurricane Risk to Regional Offshore Wind Power
- 2011 (tie) Sarah LaRocca, Johns Hopkins University, Broadening the Discourse on Infrastructure Interdependence by Modeling the "Ecology" of Infrastructure Systems
- 2011 (tie) Stephen Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, Quantifying the Hurricane Risk to Offshore Wind Turbines
- 2010 (tie) Cameron MacKenzie, University of Oklahoma, Integrating Simulation with Risk-based Interdependency Modeling to Evaluate the Consequences of Closing an Inland Waterway Port
- 2010 (tie) Shital Thekdi, University of Virginia, Risk-based Priorities to Protect Transportation Infrastructure Corridors from Adjacent Commercial and Residential Development
- 2009 M. Rapik Saat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Environmental Risk Analysis of Rail Transport of Hazardous Materials
- 2008 B.D. Dickey Oris
- 2007 Nilesh Joshi
Many students can also receive travel awards from SRA to help reimburse travel and conference fees for the Annual Meeting.
Please contact a member of the EISG executive committee for more information about the specialty group's student merit competition. Professors should encourage their graduate students and research assistants to submit their research abstracts for this competition.