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Dr Megan Boston

Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Qualifications: PhD, MSE, MS, BS

Research Interests

My research area is structural engineering focusing on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. I am interested in how buildings respond to natural disasters in terms of physical damages, but also how the organizations with in the buildings fair with the damage. I do interdisciplinary research combining structural engineering, public health and sociology and use tools such as risk analysis, probability, and structural analysis to analyse and predict damages to buildings and the subsequent impacts on society. The goal of my research is to improve disaster preparedness and create resilient communities.

Teaching Commitments

Expertise

Risk analysis, structural engineering, resilience, earthquake engineering, hazard mitigation, disaster risk reduction, critical infrastructure

Recent Publications

  • Boston, M. (2017). Building Resilience through Design: Improving Post Earthquake Performance of Hospitals. (PhD Thesis, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering).

  • Boston, M., & Mitrani-Reiser, J. (2016). Improving post disaster hospital functionality using resilience rating sytems. In 4th International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction (4ICUDR). Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Jacques, C. C., Boston, M., & Mitrani-Reiser, J. (2014). Quantifying the Performance of Healthcare Facility in Disasters: A Multi-Hazard Approach. In Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering. Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Boston, M., Liu, Z., Jacques, C., & Mitrani-Reiser, J. (2014). Towards Assessing the Resilience of a Community in Seismic Events using Agent Based Modeling. In Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering. Anchorage, Alaska.

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Contact Details

Email: megan.boston@waikato.ac.nz
Room: G.3.06
Phone: +64 7 837 9459