Pathways for Resilient Infrastructure of Islanded Communities: A Science Driven Approach

The Objective of this Workshop is to convene the academic, civilian, and stakeholders communities to review lessons learned, scientific strategies, and identify gaps for the long term and future recovery process of Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria, as unique case for Islanded Communities. The workshop invites the university community, community leaders, industry and government representatives to attend and share their findings of the state of vulnerabilities, scientific approaches for enhanced resiliency, results up to now, gaps and open challenges with a forward looking perspective.

The workshop is organized by The City College of New York (CCNY), New York University (NYU), The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM), and Arizona State University (ASU), and sponsored by the US National Science Foundation.

Tue, June 22, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Register at:

    • 10:00-10:15 am Context of Disaster and Recovery of Natural Disasters of Islanded Communities ( Prof. Jorge Gonzalez, CCNY; Prof. Masoud Ghandehari, NYU )
    • 10:15-10:35 am Invited Speaker: Critical Infrastructure, Social Vulnerabilities and Resilient Communities (Susan L. Cutter, University of South Carolina )
    • 10:35-10:50 am Pathways for Future Physical Resilient Infrastructure of Islanded Communities (Prof. Ismael Pagan Trinidad, UPRM)
    • 10:50-11:20 am Using Science for Quantifying Social Resiliency of Islanded Communities (Juanita Uribe & Thomaz Carvalhaes, ASU; TBD)
    • 11:20 am-11:35 pm How to Achieve Resiliency of the Water infrastructure of Islanded Communities? (Prof Eric Harmen, UPRM & Prof. Reza Khanbilvardi + Said Mejia, Doctoral Student CCNY)
    • 11:35 pm-12:00 pm Pathways to more Resilient Communities: Assessing Current and Future Resilient Power Infrastructure of Islanded Communities (Prof. Petar Jevtic, ASU; Juan Pablo Montoya, Doctoral Student, CCNY)
    • 12:00-12:45 pm Lighting Talks (Short presentations by members of the academic community)
    • 12:45-1:00 pm An Integrated Scientific Approach for Future Resilient Scenarios for Islanded Communities (Prof. Jorge E. González; Prof. Agami Reddy, ASU)
    • 1:00-2:00 pm Panel Conversation: A Scientific Approach to Guide Policy Making and Investments in Long Term Recovery (moderated by Amy Chester, NYU)


For questions please contact:

Prof. Jorge E. Gonzalez, Ph.D. FASME

Presidential Professor of City College of New York