Collaborating Research Centers and Departments

UB-NEES team working on the NEES Grand Challenge entitled "Seismic Risk Mitigation for Port Systems" .

UB-NEES team working on the NEES Grand Challenge entitled "Seismic Risk Mitigation for Port Systems"

The Strategic Strength in Extreme Events is built around UB departments, research centers and institutes whose work has been recognized for its innovation and record of success in disaster planning and mitigation.

Collaborating Research Centers

MCEER, the anchor organization for extreme events.

A 20-year track record with more than $150 million in NSF- and FHWA-funded research targeted to help enhance the disaster resilience of communities, expanding its research activities into the field of extreme events since the 9/11 disaster. MCEER’s research has encompassed all aspects of mitigation and response, in partnership with researchers at UB or universities located across the country.

Center for Geohazard Studies

Seeks to decrease harmful societal effects of natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, landslides, mudflows and avalanches through research, service and education

Research Institute on Safety and Security in Transportation (RISST)

Provides experimental evidence for improving the human/machine systems that detect and respond to threats in aviation and airport security operations.

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA)

Among the top three Geographic Information Science research and doctoral education centers in the U.S.

Center for Multi-Source Information Fusion (CMIF)

Research focus is on basic and applied research in multiple-source information processing environments, such as in multiple-sensor or multiply-instrumented systems.

Calspan-UB Research Center (CUBRC)

A diverse research, development, engineering and testing company focused on providing defense, intelligence, transportation and homeland security solutions.

Participating Departments:

School of Management (SOM)

Faculty work with both the problems of emergency organizations responding to extreme events and the challenges of commercial organizations seeking greater resilience against disruption. Areas of research include the work processes of emergency management, supply chain risk, the use of social media and other technology-enabled platforms in successful disaster response.

School of Social Work (SSW)

Our faculty are a diverse community of scholars, teachers and activists for change with interests that span the globe from India to Canada, from Pakistan to Korea, from the U.S. to the United Kingdom. We share a common passion for community-university partnerships in research and practice.

School of Nursing (SON)

The mission of the School of Nursing is to produce outstanding clinicians and researchers and to improve nursing outcomes to meet the current and future needs of society through our academic programs, research and scholarship.  

School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP)

Creates an environment in which researchers, educators, public health and other health professionals and students can together explore problems and produce innovative solutions to address emerging health needs for populations and individuals.

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE)

Faculty members bring over 20 years of national and international exposure and recognition for their research, and a strong expertise directly relevant to infrastructure systems.

Department of Communication

Devoted to the scientific study of communication phenomena. Our major areas of research include social influence, health communication, new communication technology and the analysis of social networks.

Department of Geography

Primarily concerned with the locations and arrangements in space of human and natural phenomena, and with the interrelationships between people, businesses, public and social institutions, and their spatial environments.

Department of Geology

As a nationally and internationally known center for research and scholarship, UB's Department of Geology is a vital node of intellectual activity.

Department of Industrial Engineering (IE)

Expertise in optimizing systems of humans and technology to achieve accuracy, rapid response and human well-being.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines; mechanical engineers are involved in research and development, design, manufacturing and technical sales of a variety of products. Aerospace engineering includes the traditional aeronautics and astronautics applications (subsonic and supersonic aircraft, satellites, space shuttle, space station, etc.), as well as aerospace-related component development (design of structures, devices and instruments) and vehicle and propulsion system design.

Department of Psychiatry

In collaboration with colleagues throughout the university, psychiatry faculty have conducted studies of brain imaging, health-services interventions, epidemiological risk-factor research, experimental investigations and longitudinal cohort studies.

Department of Urban and Regional Planning (with Department of Architecture)

Faculty offer general capabilities in the processes and outcomes of plan-making to avert multiple hazards at facility, city, region and state levels. Fields of specialization include preparedness planning, metropolitan health emergencies, facility disasters, ethics of disaster planning and socio-economic impacts of disaster.