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Marie Bond

Maria Bond

Project Title

Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure

Project Description

As a member of Engineering2Empower’s Best Practices Team, I research the cultural and financial constraints to sustainable housing in Léogâne, Haiti. Ultimately, our team hopes to engineer a housing solution that answers the structural, financial, and cultural challenges to building and maintaining urban infrastructure in developing areas. I conduct my research under the guidance of Professor Alexandros Taflanidis through the Kellogg International Scholars Program in the Keough School of Global Affairs.

I also research the seismic integrity and vulnerability of unreinforced masonry (URM) structures. The summer after my sophomore year, I employed nondestructive testing techniques to collect data from various URM buildings around the world, including heritage buildings along the Alpine Fault in New Zealand and medieval churches in various regions of Italy. I plan to utilize the collected data in order to understand and analyze the seismic risk of
infrastructure in urban areas.

Department Affiliation

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences