Rachel A. DavidsonPh.D, Stanford University
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Rachel Davidson is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a core faculty member in the
Davidson conducts research on natural disaster risk modeling and civil infrastructure systems. Her work involves developing new engineering models to better characterize the impact of future natural disasters, and use that understanding to support decisions to help reduce future losses. It focuses particularly on lifelines (e.g., electric power, water supply) and risk from a regional perspective; on earthquakes and hurricanes. Problems in this field typically involve a great deal of uncertainty, a long time horizon, multiple and competing objectives, and sometimes numerous and conflicting constituencies. They are often spatial and dynamic, and the technical aspects must be understood in the social, economic, political, and cultural context in which they exist.
She is a Fellow and Past-President of the
Education1997: Ph.D, Stanford University
1994: Master, Stanford University
1993: Bachelor, Princeton University
Honors and AwardsVisiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: 2014
Fellow: Society for Risk Analysis
Best paper award: Society for Risk Analysis, Risk Analysis journal (2007)
Best poster award: 9th International Association of Fire Safety Science Symposium (2008)
Nominated for Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize: American Society of Civil Engineers (2006)
Chosen as Most Influential Faculty Member by a Merrill Presidential Scholar: Cornell University (2005)
Dorothy Swanson Excellence in Teaching Award: Cornell University College of Engineering (2004)
Invited participant in the National Academy of Engineering Seventh Annual Symposium on Frontiers: Irvine, CA (3/02)
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award: (7/00-6/04)
National Science Foundation Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education: (7/00-12/01)
National Science Foundation Three-Year Graduate Fellowship: (9/93-6/97)
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Paper Competition winner: 1997
Li, S., and Davidson, R. 2013. Application of an urban fire simulation model. Earthquake Spectra 29(4), 1369-1389.
Li, S., and Davidson, R. 2013. Parametric study of urban fire spread using an Urban Fire Simulation model with fire department suppression. Fire Safety Journal 61, 217-225.
Li, A., Nozick, L, Davidson, R., Brown, N., Jones, D, and Wolshon, B. 2013. Approximate solution procedure for Dynamic Traffic Assignment. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering 139(8), 822-832.
Han, Y., Davidson, R., Black1, G., and Pei, S. 2013. A regional perspective on defining seismic performance objectives for woodframe buildings. Structural Safety 43, 50-59.
Legg, M., Davidson, R., and Nozick, L. 2013. Optimization-based regional hurricane mitigation planning. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 19(1), 1-11.
Vaziri, P., Davidson, R., Apivatanagul, P., and Nozick, L. 2012. Identification of optimization-based probabilistic earthquake scenarios for regional loss estimation. Journal of Earthquake Engineering 16(2), 296-315.
Vaziri, P., Davidson, R., Nozick, L., and Hosseini, M. 2009. Resource allocation for regional earthquake risk mitigation: A case study of Tehran, Iran. Natural Hazards 53, 527-546.
Davidson, R. 2009. Modeling Post-earthquake fire ignitions using generalized linear (mixed) models. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 15(4), 351-360.
Tabucchi, T., Davidson, R., and Brink, S. 2010. Simulation of post-earthquake water supply system restoration. Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems 27(4), 263-279. #1 most read article in journal as of April 2012.
Lee, S., Davidson, R., Scawthorn, C., and Ohnishi, N. 2008. Fire following earthquake- Review of the state-of-the-art modeling. Earthquake Spectra, 24(4), 1-35.
Han, S., Guikema, S., Quiring, S., Lee, K., Rosowsky, D., and Davidson, R. 2009. Estimating the spatial distribution of power outages during hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region. Reliability Engineering and System Safety 94(2), 199-210.
Liu, H., Davidson, R., and Apanasovich, T. 2008. Spatial generalized linear mixed models of electric power outages due to hurricanes and ice storms. Reliability Engineering and System Safety 93(6), 897-912.
Liu, H., Davidson, R., and Apanasovich, T. 2007. Statistical forecasting of electric power restoration times in hurricanes and ice storms. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 22(4), 2270-2279.
Cagnan, Z., and Davidson, R. 2007. Discrete event simulation of the post-earthquake restoration process for electric power systems. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 7(8), 1138-1156.
Xu, N., Guikema, S., Davidson, R., Nozick, L., Cagnan, Z., and Vaziri, K. 2007. Optimizing scheduling of post-earthquake electric power restoration tasks. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Special Issue: Electric Power 36(2), 265-284.
Xu, N., Davidson, R., Nozick, L., and Dodo, A. 2007. The risk-return tradeoff in optimizing regional earthquake mitigation investment. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering 3(2), 133-146.
Jain, V., and Davidson, R. 2007. Application of a regional hurricane wind risk forecasting model for wood-frame houses. Risk Analysis 27(1), 45-58. Winner of Best Paper Award, Society for Risk Analysis.
Jain, V., and Davidson, R. 2007. Forecasting changes in the hurricane wind vulnerability of a building inventory. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 13(1), 1-12.
Dodo, A., Davidson, R., Xu, N., and Nozick, L. 2007. Application of regional earthquake mitigation optimization. Computers and Operations Research 34(8), 2478-2494.
Cagnan, Z., Davidson, R., and Guikema, S. 2006. Post-earthquake restoration planning for Los Angeles electric power. Earthquake Spectra 22(3), 1-20.
Guikema, S., Davidson, R., and Liu, H. 2006. Statistical models of the effects of tree trimming on power system reliability. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery 21(3), 1549-1557.
Davidson, R., Lembo, Jr., A., Ma, J., Nozick, L., and O'Rourke, T. 2006. Optimization of investments in natural gas distribution networks. Journal of Energy Engineering 132(2), 1-9.
Liu, H., Davidson, R. Rosowsky, D. and Stedinger, J. 2005. Negative binomial regression of electric power outages in hurricanes. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 11(4), 258-267.
Dodo, A., Xu, N. Davidson, R. and Nozick, L. 2005. Optimizing regional earthquake mitigation investment strategies. Earthquake Spectra 21(2), 305-327.
(Kumar) Jain, V., Davidson, R., and Rosowsky, D. 2005. Modeling changes in hurricane risk over time. Natural Hazards Review 6(2), 88-96.
|Fall||CIEG 641||Risk Analysis|
|Spring||CIEG 315||Probability and Statistics|