Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences; Associate Professor of Global Affairs; Co-Director, Integration Lab

2130F Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-2980

Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Areas of expertise: Engineering for international development, disaster risk reduction, collaborative innovation, citizen engineering

Tracy Kijewski-Correa is the Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, and Associate Professor of Global Affairs.

She is co-director of the Integration Lab (i-Lab) in the Keough School and co-founder of Engineering2Empower. She also is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, on the faculty board of the Real Estate Institute, and is an affiliated faculty member for Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative.

Kijewski-Correa’s research focuses on disaster risk reduction and civil infrastructure challenges posed by increased urbanization and vulnerability. Her interdisciplinary scholarship links science and technology to communities in greatest need, delivering scalable paradigms to enhance the resilience and sustainability of civil infrastructure and inform the decisions of stakeholders such as homeowners, designers, planners, emergency managers and policymakers.

Recently, Kijewski-Correa’s team launched a new platform for coastal risk assessment and geospatial decision-support for the State of New Jersey called NJcoast. Her other projects include the green resilience project, developing practitioner-facing integrated life-cycle analysis tools, as well as interdisciplinary research examining homeowner attitudes and actions in reconstruction following major disasters and in adopting pro-active mitigation measures.

In addition to serving as a core faculty in the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Simulation Center, Kijewski-Correa is serving as the inaugural director of the Structural Engineering Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network, building on her experiences coordinating responses to the 2017 hurricane season in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess the damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Her efforts rallied more than 70 engineers from two dozen organizations who volunteered to assess over 2,600 homes and businesses in the United States, including damage to homes in Naples, Marco Island, and the Florida Keys. She is currently coordinating the response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, and also has conducted reconnaissance experiences and longitudinal recovery studies following the 2005 Boxing Day Tsunami in Indonesia and Thailand, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Recent Work

Video: “Fighting to Protect Our Community”