Graduate Research Assistant
Susan Brink is a PhD student and NSF graduate fellow in Civil Infrastructure Systems.
For her dissertation she is focusing on the long term interactions between disasters and development. Her research involves building a model capable of showing the feedback between policy choices in both development and disaster mitigation and restoration. She has traveled twice to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to study the impact and recovery after the January 2010 earthquake.
Susan's master’s degree focused on post earthquake water restoration in Los Angeles. She calibrated a simulation model of the restoration process which depicts the water service as well as detailing the steps in the restoration. She is has applied the model to a suite of earthquakes to estimate the total seismic risk to the water system as well as to evaluate various restoration strategies.
Her interest in civil engineering and development was inspired by her travels and work experience in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and teaching English in South Korea. She intends to work in international development after completing her graduate studies.