CEE Leadership Seminar Series - Engineering and Leadership for Resilience: The Case of Disaster-Resilient Housing

Lecture | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Elizabeth Hausler, Build Change

 Computers & Structures, Inc.

Where can your CEE degree take you? Hear from alumna Elizabeth Hausler as she reflects on pivotal moments in her career and best practices for new graduates!

Dr. Hausler is the Founder and CEO of Build Change and a global expert on resilient building and post-disaster reconstruction. Elizabeth’s strategic direction and leadership have grown Build Change from a few employees in 2004 to over 230 strong working on three continents in 2019. Her emphasis on a holistic money – technology – people approach to rebuilding to withstand future disasters has profoundly influenced global development policy by making resilience a major consideration for reconstruction efforts. Her training as a bricklayer and extensive field experience in the developing world, including a Fulbright Fellowship in India, led Elizabeth to found Build Change in 2004 to ensure reconstruction efforts would be safe and sustainable.

According to the World Bank, 3 billion people will be living in substandard housing by 2030 if we don’t rapidly universalize access to safe, healthy housing solutions. To shift the housing stock in emerging economies from deadly to disaster-resilient, a combination of innovative structural engineering, policy change, accessible financing, and tech solutions is needed. Using Build Change as a case study, Dr. Hausler will discuss engineering leadership challenges, policy advances, and opportunities for innovation.

 Students - Graduate

 Priority will be given to CEE MS students, but all are welcome based on space availability.


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 Following the lecture, a themed reception featuring "chocolate inspirations" will take place from 5-7pm.

 pong@berkeley.edu, 510-664-5249