Improving the Disaster Resilience of Communities and Housing

Welcome! The Sutley Research Group is aimed at Improving the Disaster Resilience of Communities and Housing. Our team has active research projects on earthquake, tornado, hurricane, and flood disasters. Acros these projects, we are investigating the entire disaster timeline, including how to model the hazard load, structural response, household risk perception, community planning, local mitigation, community response, structural repair processes, and community and housing recovery processes. Most of our projects operate from a either a multi- or interdisciplinary perspective. Across our on-going projects, we are collaborating with other engineers, including structural, environmental, and aerospace engineering, and natual and social sciences, including behavioral science, sociology, urban planning, computer science, geology, economics, seismology, geography, and public administraion.

We have positions open! We're looking for one Post-Doctoral Researcher in Community Resilience to start in June 2020. Go to the Positions Available tab to learn more.

Looking for the Report on the EF4 Tornado that impacted Northeastern Kansas in May 2019?

Find it here. Read more about the study on the Projects Tab. Wave 2 report coming soon.

In the News

“Infrastructure and Climate Change” Dr. Sutley participated on a recent panel hosted by KS Rep. Sharice Davids. During the panel, Dr. Sutley discusses the need to use more renewable materials in construction, adopting and enforcing building codes everywhere, and more equitable housing recovery policies. Watch the one-hour panel discussion.

NIST renews $20M Award to Community Resilience Center of Excellence. Read the story here .

“These houses gutted by Linwood tornado never stood a chance. Here’s how to change that.” Read The Kansas City Star article.

“TCEP 120: The State of the Structural Engineering Industry from the ASCE SEI Structures Congress Part 1 and Part 2.” Listen to the Structural Engineering Podcast.

“Rapid-response damage assessment gives new insight into recent Kansas tornado.” Read The KU Today article.

“Researchers look to see how elevated housing in Florida stood up to Hurricane Michael.” Read The KU Today article.

“KU professors receive grant to study earthquakes in Nepal.” Read The University Daily Kansan article.

“Female professors hold only 26 percent of tenured positions at KU.” Read The University Daily Kansan article.

“After Florence: Your house has flooded. Here's what you should do.” Read the USAToday article.

“Researcher’s fieldwork builds understanding of community resilience, recovery in face of disaster.” Read the KUToday article.

“SEI Futures fund and donors support young professionals to develop standards.” Read the ASCE article.