Resilience Engineering

Taking on today’s pressing challenges – intractable and emerging diseases, cybersecurity, aging infrastructures, economic uncertainties and big data management – requires expertise from many disciplines. Arizona Environment focuses engineering research on far-reaching, interdisciplinary solutions for high priority societal issues.

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UArizona engineering faculty and students collaborate with researchers across the university and around the globe on projects that improve quality of life. Arizona Environment focuses on sustainability and infrastructure, such as water treatment and reuse, bioremediation, biofuels and renewables, infrastructure networks including water, transportation and energy; our research also focuses on advanced manufacturing, such as materials testing, nanotechnology and computer modeling. Our unique approach to resilient design uses an interdisciplinary, systems-based approach to prepare for a future that is anticipates and prepares for rapid change in social and physical systems.

Research Spotlights in Resilience Engineering

Edward Franklin

Agriculture Education and Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering

Franklin works on the adoption and integration of sustainable agricultural practices, such as rainwater harvesting collection systems and portable solar-powered water pumping systems.

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Aletheia Ida

College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture

Ida’s research interests include integrating design theory in emergent environmental building technologies, incorporating aspects of material inventions with socio-environmental performance criteria.

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Vicky Karanikola

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Karankola is developing water purification systems for groundwater high in salinity and contaminated with metals, including uranium.

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Robert Arnold

Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Arnold’s research aims to minimize energy demands for water distribution systems and membrane distillation systems, to help provide potable water in low-population areas.

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