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FIU and USAID sign historic agreement to increase jobs, internships and research opportunities for students

FIU and USAID sign historic agreement to increase jobs, internships and research opportunities for students. Extreme Events Institute’s Juan Pablo Sarmiento and Meenakshi Jerath also briefed Samantha Power, administrator for the U.S. Agency…

FIU to build new wind & surge testing facility

FIU was recently awarded a grant to build a new facility that could also simulate storm surge. Dr. Ioannis Zisis, Co-Director, Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research, Extreme Events Institute, explains what the facility…

Florida university to design ‘Category 6’ hurricane wind and surge simulator

FIU was the recipient a four-year, $12.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to design a facility that will subject makeshift homes and other structures to winds of 200 mph and a…

Professor and renowned wind researcher Amal Elawady receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Dr. Amal Elawady, recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award! Elawady will receive more than $700,000 in the form of an NSF grant earmarked to advance research into…

FIU receives $12.8M NSF grant to design an extreme wind, surge and wave testing facility

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $12.8 million four-year cooperative agreement to Florida International University’s Extreme Events Institute to support the design of a national full-scale testing facility capable of…

FIU researcher testifies before House science committee on storm preparedness, workforce

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted a hearing on the importance of storm preparedness, the forecasting workforce and fostering a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) featuring Erik Salna, associate director for education…

FIU receives $1M for storm surge risk mapping throughout the Caribbean

FIU researchers will help hurricane-vulnerable regions map and forecast flooding to save lives and infrastructure with a two-year $1 million award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (Read More)

FIU hurricane researcher to testify before Congress on storm preparedness

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has invited Erik Salna, associate director of the International Hurricane Research Center at FIU, to provide expert testimony on the importance of storm preparedness and…

FIU-led hurricane loss model recertified by the state of Florida

The FIU-led Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model (FPHLM) was recertified by the state of Florida for the next two years. The model is the State of Florida’s benchmark for evaluating the financial risks…

University helps community prepare for hurricane season

The FIU-sponsored, annual “Eye of the Storm” event shared hurricane preparedness tips for the whole family in a fun-filled day at the Museum of Discovery and Science. (Read More)

Hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods – whatever your local risk, here’s how to be more weather-ready

Recognizing that Americans are increasingly vulnerable to extreme weather, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative is helping communities plan for events like violent tornadoes, destructive hurricanes and widespread flooding. (Read…

FIU-EEI hosts congressional briefing on preparing communities for hurricane season

FIU in Washington, D.C. and FIU’s Extreme Events Institute hosted a national briefing to explore these questions and hurricane predictions for 2021. (Read More)

Stepping up to make Miami more resilient and sustainable

As Miami-Dade seeks solutions to climate change and sea level rise-related issues, a number of individuals have stepped up to help make us more resilient and sustainable, including Aris Papadopoulos, EEI Distinguished Expert…

Mellon Foundation grants address inequities of vulnerable, marginalized communities

Vulnerable communities are often disproportionately impacted by hazards such as hurricanes and floods. Thanks to major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Florida International University is addressing these inequities through two innovative…

Wall of Wind competition inspires high school students to become engineers, tackle real-world problems

FIU hosts its Wall of Wind Mitigation Challenge, in which teams of local high school students develop innovative wind mitigation concepts and solutions within guidelines set by FIU’s wind engineers. (Read More)

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