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Engineering and Infrastructure

Student Spotlight

Each quarter, we feature one EISG student member and ask them about their research. If you or your student would like to be profiled, please contact Hiba Baroud.


Name: Huiling Hu
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Professor Bilal M. Ayyub

Briefly describe your research and the impact it may have

My research focuses on using big-data analytics and statistical methods to study extreme climate change and its future trend. The primary goal is to design systematic ways to predict future extreme precipitation so that future design standards can be resilient to climate change.

How did you become interested in infrastructure and risk analysis?

I learned that climate change is becoming one of the most prominent threat to the human being and it can potentially cause a significant impact on everyone. I want to research this topic to reduce its potential risk to us.

How has SRA contributed to your growth as a researcher?

I have attended the SRA conference for two years. It is an excellent opportunity for me to meet leading experts in the field all over the world. I have got a lot of inspiration by talking to people at the SRA conference.

Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years in the future?

My goal is that, in 5 to 10 years from now, I can contribute to mitigating the risk of climate change by doing innovative research and implementing novel systems.

What is one topic in risk that you’re not working on, but wish you were?

I am very interested in Cybersecurity and the associated risks. This is becoming a critical aspect in our life since everyone is spending so much time online and has so much sensitive information stored in the cloud.

When you’re not doing research, you are…

I like watching movies in my free time. I enjoy movies that are touching and insightful.