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Expert to discuss society's resilience to man-made and natural disasters


Expert to discuss society's resilience to man-made and natural disasters

Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2012

 

BY KELLY KLINE

START researcher Jun Zhuang, an expert on industrial engineering, will discuss "Strategic Interactions in Disaster Preparedness and Relief in the Face of Man-Made and Natural Disasters" at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in Symons Hall, Room 3121.

Zhuang focuses his research on integrating operations research and game theory to diminish, prepare for, respond to and recover from both natural and man-made hazards. His talk will discuss how society is faced with increased property damage and causalities due to such disasters, and that societal resilience is jointly determined by federal and local governments, private and non-profit sectors and private citizens.

Zhuang is an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo). He holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Southeast University in China.

Zhuang's other areas of interest include healthcare, sports, transportation, supply chain management and sustainability. His research has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, Industrial Engineer, Stanford GSB News and The Pre-Engineering Times, along with many others. Much of his research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF); the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START); the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

For more information or questions regarding this event, contact infostart@start.umd.edu.