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Visiting Scholar Meets with CDRA Faculty and Research Assistants in a Cross-U.S. Journey

Salman Algarni, a master’s student at the University of Newcastle in Australia, has always been fascinated by disaster research. He also has had a longstanding desire to visit the United States. In the fall of 2012, Salman took time off of his schooling to travel to the U.S. to visit research centers specializing in disaster across the country.


Starting out in New York City, Mr. Algarni was able to tour the Big Apple and meet up with both CDRA Co-Directors (Lori Peek is currently a Visiting Research Scientist at Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) and Sammy Zahran is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University). While in New York, Salman presented his research at the NCDP. After this, he visited the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University to learn about research being conducted there. While in the city, Salman toured areas of the region impacted by Hurricane Sandy to see the response and recovery processes unfolding.


After about four weeks in New York, Salman flew to Colorado and drove to Fort Collins to visit the faculty and students affiliated with CDRA. Specifically, Salman had the opportunity to meet with Professors Suren Chen, Hussam Mahmoud, and John van de Lindt in the College of Engineering; and with Mostafa Khattab, Head of the Department of Construction Management. Toward the end of his visit, Salman presented to CDRA students on the recent flooding disaster in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


After nearly two weeks in Colorado, Salman boarded a plane and flew to the West Coast. His first stop there was California State University, Northridge, which was heavily damaged in the 1994 earthquake. He then continued to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was able to meet with students and take a tour of the campus.


It was a pleasure having Salman as a visiting scholar at CDRA, and we look forward to his next visit!