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Susan Tighe is an Endowed Chair Professor in Sustainable Pavement Engineering and a founding member and director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT) at University of Waterloo. She is the President Elect of Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE). She is a member of the inaugural class of the New College of Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her leadership and vision with respect to the Canadian Transportation Community. She received the Transportation of Canada Academic Merit Award, Inaugural Bleeds Black Award from the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association.

Track 3- Presentation Title: Development of Infrastructure That is Resistant to Natural Disasters

Abstract: Transportation infrastructure is experiencing changed climate conditions due to global warming and human activity. Various fragility modeling frameworks will be presented which evaluate the risk associated with these natural disasters. Recommendations for build-in resilience strategies for floods and other potential natural hazards will also proposed for future infrastructure design and hazard management.

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Waheed Uddin is a professor and Director of Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology at University of Mississippi. While working at the United Nations, he has made presentations worldwide in 29 countries. He  published a book on “Public Infrastructure Asset Management” and currently serves as Editot-in-Chief for International Journal of Pavements. He received 2016 iSMARTi Achievement Award, 2015 Engineering Senior Research Award, and 2014 Award of the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Alumni of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.

Track 3- Presentation Title: Disaster Resilience Management and Flood Hazard Assessment of Infrastructure Using Computational Modeling and Geospatial Risk Mapping

Abstract: Natural disasters are increasingly becoming more frequent and pose destruction threats to economic and social well-being, human lives, and industrial and commercial supply chains worldwide. This presentation is focused on disaster resilience management of public infrastructure assets in cities and the built environment to minimize adverse impacts of natural disasters. Examples of computational modeling and risk mapping are presented for selected port cities.


Song Bo is a Professor of University of Science and Technology Beijing and a national expert for the Ministry of Construction in China,  He currently serves on the examination committee of urban earthquake disaster prevention plan and the academic committee of the urban planning society in China.  He is a vice director of the soil dynamics of vibration engineering in China. His main research area is the seismic engineering, seismic design on complicated engineering structure and the structure optimization design.

Track 3- Presentation Title: Seismic Damage Mechanism of Offshore Wind Turbine Tower in Complicated Environment


Gerardo Flintsch, PhD, PE is a professor and a director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. He is an expert in the areas of pavement engineering and infrastructure management and currently serves as associate editor of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and as chair of the TRB standing committee on General and Emerging Pavement Design. He also serves as vice-president of FM Consultants and provides consulting services for several international organizations, private companies and government organizations.

Track 3- Presentation Title: Managing the transportation infrastructure in the age of autonomous vehicles, intelligent infrastructure, and human-centered communities