RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Maria Dillard

Research Social Scientist

National Institute of Standards and Technology


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Dr. Maria Dillard is a research social scientist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Program. Maria is also a member of the National Construction Safety Team for the Technical Investigation of Hurricane Maria’s Impacts on Puerto Rico and serves as a project lead in the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program’s Study of Hurricane Maria Impacts and Recovery in Puerto Rico. Her research is focused on community response to hazards and chronic stressors and the development of methods for measurement and modeling community resilience, well-being, and vulnerability. Her work includes development and application of a measurement model for community well-being following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, integrated assessments of community vulnerability to climate change for climate adaptation planning, and quantification of human use and dependence on natural resources. In her current role, Maria is working to expand NIST’s research on community resilience with an emphasis on the social dimensions of disasters and recovery.