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Annual Kerr Lecture, April 30, will focus on managing risk after natural disasters

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma did $265 billion in damage, making them three of the five costliest hurricanes in United States history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Engineers are working on strategies to mitigate these losses, such as improved systems for insurance and retrofit, but it is challenging to integrate these strategies into effective policies.

On Monday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in the University of Delaware's Mitchell Hall, Linda K. Nozick, director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, will speak on a dynamic computational framework of tightly coupled integrated mathematical models that explicitly integrates the perspectives of homeowners, insurance carriers and the government to understand how different policies impact uninsured regional losses.

In her lecture, titled “Modeling to Support Regional Hurricane Risk Management Policy Design,” she will describe a detailed case study of residential eastern North Carolina. A reception will precede the lecture at 3 p.m. in the lobby of DuPont Hall.