Amy Javernick-Will

Professor Javernick-Will’s group, Global Projects and Organizations (GPO), conducts research in Civil Systems and Construction Engineering and Management.  Visit their website here. The group focuses on the interface between the built and social environment and uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods.  The GPO group has focused primarily on the following themes:

  • Disaster Recovery
    • Example: What combinations of pre-disaster conditions and post-disaster strategies are associated with recovery (infrastructure, social, economic, and risk-reduction? [India, Sri Lanka]
    • Example: What combinations of coordination, stakeholder participation, and training are associated with resilient and sustainable infrastructure? [Philippines]
    • Potential Collaborators: Abbie Liel, Shideh Dashti, Ross Corotis
  • Knowledge mobilization within projects and project-based organizations
    • Example: What governance and network structures facilitate knowledge exchange? What forms of post-disaster training facilitate global and local knowledge exchange in building practices?
    • Potential Collaborators: Paul Goodrum
  • Engineering Education
    • Example: How do engineers involved in Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) compare to engineers not involved in EWB-USA in regards to motivations, personality traits, professional and technical skills, and career pathways?
    • Potential Collaborators: Angela Bielefeldt
  • Engineering with Developing Communities
    • GPO’s disaster recovery work often studies recovery within developing communities; in addition, the group has studied Water, Sanitation and Hygiene within developing communities.
    • Potential Collaborators: Karl Linden, Scott Summers, Abbie Liel

Potential Projects

In addition to the above projects, Professor Javernick-Will is actively recruiting students for the following topics:

  1. What community networks form in opposition to, or support of, oil and gas activities? How do these networks use and disseminate information regarding induced seismicity?  [Potential collaborator: Abbie Liel]
  2. How are decisions made regarding risk reduction strategies in post-disaster environments? What intervention strategies can be used to consider systems levels factors within these decisions? [Potential collaborators: Ross Corotis, Abbie Liel]
  3. How do different training and stakeholder participation strategies facilitate local and global knowledge exchange within post-disaster contexts? [Potential collaborators:  Angela Bielefeldt, Paul Goodrum (3D Printing)]
  4. What information infrastructure is necessary for pre-disaster resiliency and post-disaster recovery? What are the information deficits that exist and how can we address these?  [Potential collaborators: Abbie Liel, Shideh Dashti]
  5. How can we diversify the engineering population? How can we develop global competency amongst engineering students? [Potential Collaborators: Angela Bielefeldt, Karl Linden, Bernard Amadei]