Short Course
Objective Resilience Short Course

Objective Resilience Short Course

Abstract / Proposal

Resilience can be defined as “the ability to reduce the magnitude and/or duration of disruptive events. The effectiveness of a resilient infrastructure or enterprise depends upon its ability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and/or rapidly recover from a potentially disruptive event.” As such, resilience represents a major issue for society, especially given the magnitude of disaster costs. Because of this, the subject of resilience has emerged recently at an all-important subject for engineers, decision-makers, owners of infrastructures, educators and researchers.

Unfortunately, the knowledge gaps in the subject of resilience are huge. As of the writing of this note, most of the efforts and available resilience-related documents are 1-subjective, and / or 2-address only limited components of resilience. The body of work that comprehensively addresses resilience from objective viewpoints is fairly limited. We can safely propose that without addressing resilience both comprehensively and objectively, it will be difficult to close the above mentioned knowledge gaps in a meaningful manner, and to accommodate the needs of society to improve the resilience of its assets and communities. Such an effort always starts by educating the stakeholders of the basics of objective and comprehensive resilience-related issues.

The proposed short course aims at closing the above-mentioned gaps. The course will address the essential comprehensive nature of resilience from two viewpoints: First, the four components of resilience is addressed (Robustness, Resourcefulness, Recovery, and Redundancy) are presented. The other and equally important viewpoint are the five components of resilience management: assessment, acceptance, treatment (mitigation), monitoring, and communications. Those two viewpoints will be presented throughout the course from both objective and subjective viewpoints as pertinent.

The course is envisioned to last six hours. It will cover several aspects of comprehensive / objective infrastructure resilience, including:

  • Definitions, and Components.
  • Resilience management and decision making tools.
  • Technology (as related to resilience management).
  • Applications and case studies.
  • Asset vs. Community Resilience.
  • Sustainability and Climate Resilience.

The short course is sponsored by EMI Objective Resilience Committee. It is expected to be offered by three lecturers.

  • Prof. Jerry Lynch
  • Prof. Chris Mullen
  • Dr. Mohammed Ettouney

Note: the cost of the short course is 100 USD. Attendees who would like to enrol in could pay during registration.



Jerome P. Lynch, Ph.D., M.EMI, M.ASCE

Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering,


Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of Michigan

Jerry LynchJerome P. Lynch, Ph.D. is the Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems Technology (LIST). At the University of Michigan, Dr. Lynch has been on the faculty since 2003 and is the Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition, he is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also the Director of the University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory Initiative. Dr. Lynch completed his graduate studies at Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2002, M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1998, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2003. Prior to attending Stanford, Dr. Lynch has co-authored one book and over 200 articles in peer reviewed journal and conferences. Dr. Lynch has been awarded the 2005 ONR Young Investigator Award, 2009 NSF CAREER Award, 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2012 ASCE EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award and 2014 ASCE Huber Award.


Chris Mullen, Ph.D., PE, M.SEI, M.EMI, M.ASCE

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

 University of Mississippi


Chris Mullen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi where he served three years as Interim Department Chair. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University, MSCE at Rice University, preceptorship at what is now the NIST Engineering Laboratory, and BSCE at Rice. Before earning his PhD, Dr. Mullen worked 5 years at Mobil R&D Corp. in their Offshore Engineering Division including 2 years at Mobil E&P Southeast. He then joined the consulting firm ADAPCO Inc. as an FE analyst and later WAI in their Transportation Division.

Dr. Mullen has served UM for over 20 years, conducting research projects for US DOE, DOT, DHS, MEMA and MDOT as well as consulting for private clients as an expert in bridge collapses and hurricane mitigation. He has taught courses on engineering and structural mechanics, steel design, pre-stressed concrete design, civil engineering design, finite element analysis, multihazard analysis and design, and response of structures to extreme loading. He has served the state in a variety of outreach capacities, co-founding the UM Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness and co-writing the first earthquake component of the state Mitigation Plan and first Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for UM. He served in the EOC during Hurricanes Dennis and Katrina then as MS representative on the FEMA MAT. He first joined ASCE in 1978, more recently serving as chair of the SEI Methods of Analysis technical committee, Associate Editor for the Journal of Structural Engineering. and a soon to be contributor of a proposed Manual of Practice for Objective Resilience on the topic of Asset versus System Modeling.


Mohammed M. Ettouney, Ph.D., PE, MBA, M.EMI, M.SEI, F.AEI, Dist.M.ASCE

Principal and Founder

Mohammed Ettouney, LLC


Inline image 2Mohammed Ettouney, Sc.D. has been in the field of consulting engineering for over 49 years. He received his D.Sc. from MIT with major in Engineering Mechanics and minors in Applied Mathematics and Hydrodynamics.


He produced over 400+ publications, 6 book chapters, and 8 books. He has practical, research and teaching experience in several fields, including finite elements / boundary elements, multihazards considerations, risk management, resilience management (he coined the ‘resilience management’ expression in 2013), seismic analysis and design, vibration of solids and fluids (low, medium, and high frequencies), structural health, blast, and progressive collapse.


He has numerous awards and honors including AEI fellow, ACEC Project of the year award, NIBS Honors award, NJ inventors Hall of Fame (theory of progressive collapse), Anchin Innovation Award, Life Time achievement (NY MET Section), and Distinguished ASCE member.


He is a past president of AEI. He served on several professional boards, including AEI board of governors, Building Security Council board of directors, Journal of Advanced Materials Editorial board, and Multihazards Mitigation Council Board. He served as a member and chair of numerous technical committees and advisory boards of ASCE, SEI, AEI, BSC, AISC, ACI, US-DHS, ATC, and ASNT. He is current chair of EMI Objective resilience committee.


His current activities include several civil infrastructure-related projects, including progressive collapse of steel bridges. He is currently writing three books: Objective Resilience Manual of Practice, Editor (Expected 2019 by ASCE Press), and Climate Change Effects on Civil Infrastructure (Expected 2019 by CRC Press).


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