Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Associate Professor of Engineering
Tracy Kijewski-Correa is the Linbeck Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She leads the Structural DYNamics And MOnitoring (DYNAMO) Laboratory, which is dedicated to addressing 21st Century Civil Infrastructure Challenges posed by increased urbanization and hazard vulnerability, using inter-disciplinary collaborations and context-driven technologies ranging from advanced sensing, simulation and cyber-infrastructure to innovative sustainable systems suitable for developed and developing countries. These efforts include an NSF-funded, full-scale monitoring program for signature buildings in three countries around the globe, including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, allowing systematic validation of the design process for tall buildings. Other activities include research in cyber-physical systems and embedded sensing, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary, college-wide research team focused on wireless sensor networks for detection of damage in civil infrastructure and terrorist activities in major cities. Dr. Kijewski-Correa has also helped to lead two recent NSF-funded cyber-infrastructure projects. VORTEX-Winds: A Virtual Organization for Reducing the Toll of EXtreme Winds was one of the first Engineering Virtual Organizations (EVOs) and the Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI Type II) program to develop OSD-CI: Open Sourcing the Design of Civil Infrastructure, a project that creates new paradigms for cyber-collaboration and crowd-sourcing of engineering tasks. Recently, these efforts have been extended by Notre Dame’s Strategic Research Initiatives Program to include the seeding of CyberEye: A Cyber-Collaboratory for National Risk Modeling and Assessment to Mitigate the Impacts of Hurricanes in a Changing Climate. These efforts are now setting the foundation for new efforts in integrated cyber-infrastructure and citizen sensing to create a scalable paradigm for natural hazard mitigation, post-disaster response, and distributed sensing to enhance societal resilience and sustainability of our built environments.
Dr. Kijewski-Correa’s scholarship has focused increasingly on Natural Hazards Mitigation and is now being extended to the developing world. This began with her founding of an NSF-funded REU site to allow undergraduates to work on sustainable and culturally appropriate housing designs in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, including conducting three years of field reconnaissance and recovery evaluation in Thailand and Indonesia. Her most prominent work now focuses on rebuilding of Leogane, Haiti, the effective epicenter of the 2010 Earthquake. To this end, she and her collaborators have conducted numerous reconnaissance trips following the earthquake and have developed and implemented a sustainable model for low-income housing in Haitit, funded by the National Collegiate Inventors Association and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies under the banner of Engineering2Empower (E2E). E2E now has a permanent presence in Leogane, with its first home now under construction and a successful Innovation Incubator program that builds community participation in sustainable reconstruction efforts in Haiti, flanked by a prototype exposition on campus opening in the Fall of 2014. These efforts are now being leveraged to develop community-based Disaster Risk Reduction strategies enabled by mobile devices with target applications in Latin America and The Caribbean. This project and another effort she advises, ND SEED: Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development, allows students to engage in service-based research and scholarship to help deliver critical infrastructure to developing countries.
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This professorship was established by the Linbeck family to honor its patriarch and matriarch. Founders of the Linbeck Construction Corporation, Leo and Patti Ruth were also devoted Catholics; he was a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and she was a Dame of Malta.