New York State Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the New York State Resilience Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE) at the Governor's Conference on Emergency Preparedness in Albany in early November.
The institute is housed jointly at Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Stony Brook University, Long Island, N.Y. The new center will apply the expertise available at New York's top universities to aid the state, local communities, and first responders in their preparation and response to extreme weather as well to ensure long-term resilience.
The center will undertake research including cause-and-effect mechanisms for damage to infrastructure, evaluating existing assessments of vulnerabilities of communities and critical facilities, and extrapolating storm risks from climate change conditions. The research will be undertaken cooperatively and collaboratively with agencies of New York State as well as local government and communities.
Professor Fletcher (Bud) Griffis of NYU-Poly's Department of Civil and Urban Engineering will serve as director of NYS RISE, and Dr. Minghua Zhang of Stony Brook 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," said Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan, president of NYU-Poly. "At a time when New York has truly felt the devastating effects of extreme weather conditions, the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies will help prepare our region for climate change in the long term and bring us closer to becoming a hurricane- and flood-resilient city."
"This initiative is unprecedented in the history of disaster recovery in the nation," said Kurt H. Becker, NYU-Poly associate provost for research and technology initiatives. "NY RISE will support agencies and communities, as well as push the bounds of knowledge, both to ensure that New York will recover more intelligently and more sustainably for the long-term future, as well as to share that knowledge with the numerous people around the world facing similar challenges."
Additional NYU faculty who will be involved in NYS RISE include:
- Professor Francisco de Leon, NYU-Poly Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Professor Masoud Ghandehari, NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
- Professor David Holland, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
- Professor Kaan Ozbay, NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
- Professor Rae Zimmerman, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Dr. Stephan Bless, NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
- Professor Haralambos "Bob" Vasiliadis, NYU-Poly Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
- Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress
NYU-Poly, founded in 1854, is the nation's second-oldest private engineering school.