Rachel Davidson, Associate Professor

360B DuPont Hall
302-831-4952
rdavidso@udel.edu
fax: 302-831-3640

Curriculum Vitae
EDUCATION
7/94 - 6/97 Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Ph.D., Civil Engineering
9/93 - 6/94 Stanford University, Stanford, CA, M.S., Civil Engineering
9/89 - 6/93 Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, B.S.E., Civil Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
8/07 - present Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
7/06 - 8/07 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, NY
7/00 - 8/07 Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
8/98 - 6/00 Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
9/97 - 8/98 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, School of Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
6/94 - 9/94 Summer Intern, Risk Management Solutions, Inc., Menlo Park, CA
9/93 - 6/97 Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

HONORS AND AWARDS
MEMBERSHIP ON BOARDS, PANELS, AND IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
PUBLICATIONS

A. Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers
1. Liu, H., Davidson, R., and Apanasovich, T. Statistical forecasting of electric power restoration times in hurricanes and ice storms. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, in press.
2. Liu, H., Davidson, R., and Apanasovich, T. 2007. Spatial Generalized Linear Mixed Models of Electric Power Outages due to Hurricanes and Ice Storms. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, in press (available online).
3. Çagnan, Z., and Davidson, R. Discrete event simulation of the post-earthquake restoration process for electric power systems. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 7(8), 1138-1156.
4. Xu, N., Guikema, S., Davidson, R., Nozick, L., Çagnan, 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Dodo, A., Davidson, R., Xu, N., and Nozick, L. 2007. Application of regional earthquake mitigation optimization. Computers and Operations Research 34(8), 2478-2494.
9. Çagnan, Z., Davidson, R., and Guikema, S. 2006. Post-earthquake restoration planning for Los Angeles electric power. Earthquake Spectra 22(3), 1-20.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Dodo, A., Xu, N. Davidson, R. and Nozick, L. 2005. Optimizing regional earthquake mitigation investment strategies. Earthquake Spectra 21(2), 305-327.
14. (Kumar) Jain, V., Davidson, R., and Rosowsky, D. 2005. Modeling changes in hurricane risk over time. Natural Hazards Review 6(2), 88-96.
15. Lembo, A., Davidson, R., Nozick, L., O'Rourke, T. 2003. Computing distance to nearest utility: As the crow flies vs. As the gas flows. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 30(4), 335-342.
16. Davidson, R., and Rivera, M. 2003. Projecting changes in the Carolina building inventory and their effect on hurricane risk. Journal of Urban Planning and Development 129(4), 211-230.
17. Davidson, R., Zhao, H., and Kumar, V. 2003. A quantitative model to forecast changes in the hurricane vulnerability of a regional building inventory. Journal of Infrastructure Systems 9(2), 55-64.
18. Davidson, R., Liu, H. Sarpong, I. Sparks, P., and Rosowsky, D. 2003. Electric power distribution system performance in Carolina hurricanes. Natural Hazards Review 4(1), 36-45.
19. Davidson, R., and Lambert, K. 2001. Comparing the hurricane disaster risk of coastal counties in the U.S. Natural Hazards Review 3(3), 132-142.
20. Davidson, R., Gupta, A., Kakhandiki, A., and Shah, H. 1997. Urban earthquake disaster risk assessment and management. Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering 1(1), 59-70.
21. Davidson, R. 1997. A multidisciplinary Urban Earthquake Disaster Risk Index. Earthquake Spectra 13(2), 211-223.

B. Journal Papers In Review
1. Vaziri, P., Davidson, R., and Nozick, L. Identification of hazard-consistent probabilistic earthquake scenarios for regional loss estimation. Earthquake Spectra, in review.
2. Nelson, M., Nozick, L., and Davidson, R. Optimizing the selection of hazard-consistent probabilistic scenarios for long-term regional hurricane loss estimation. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, in review.
3. Lee, S., Davidson, R., Ohnishi, N., and Scawthorn, C. Fire following earthquake: Reviewing the state-of-the-art of modeling. Earthquake Spectra, in review.

C. Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
1. Lee, S., and Davidson, R. Simulation-based model of fire following earthquake. Proc., 8th U.S. National Conf. on Earthquake Engineering in San Francisco, CA, April 18 - 22, 2006.
2. Guikema, S., Xu, N. Davidson, R., Nozick, L., and Çagnan, Z. Optimization of crews in post-earthquake electric power restoration. Proc., 8th U.S. National Conf. on Earthquake Engineering in San Francisco, CA, April 18 - 22, 2006.
3. Guikema, S., and Davidson, R. 2004. Ridge regression and genetic algorithms for efficient simulation-based integer optimization. Winter Simulation Conf. '04, Washington, DC, December 5-8, 2004.
4. Davidson, R. 1998. Evaluation and use of the Earthquake Disaster Risk Index. Proc., Sixth U.S. National Conf. on Earthquake Engineering, Seattle, WA, May 31-June 4, 1998, paper 119.

D. Reports and Book Chapters
1. Davidson, R., and Çagnan. Z. 2004. "Restoration Modeling of Lifeline Systems." Research Progress and Accomplishments 2003-2004, Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research.
2. Cardona, C., Davidson, R., and Villacis, C. 1999. Understanding urban seismic risk around the world. In Natural Disaster Management, official commemorative volume for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR), ed. Jon Ingleton. Leicester, England: NDM.

E. Other Conference Proceedings
1. van de Lindt, J., Filiatraut, A., Symans, M., Rosowsky, D., and Davidson, R. Towards a performance-based seismic design philosophy for woodframe construction," Proc., 9th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ottawa, Ontario, June 27-29, 2007.
2. Guikema, S., and Davidson, R. 2006. Modelling critical infrastructure reliability with Generalized Linear (Mixed) Models, Proc., 8th International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management, New Orleans, May 14-19, 2006.
3. van de Lindt, J., Rosowsky, D., Filiatraut, A., Symans, M., and Davidson, R. 2006. Development of a performance-based seismic design philosophy for mid-rise woodframe construction: Progress on the NEESWood project. Proc., World Conference on Timber Engineering in Portland, OR, August 6-10, 2006.
4. Davidson, R., Nozick, L., Dodo, A., and Xu, N. 2005. Equity in regional earthquake mitigation investment. Symposium on Risk Modeling and Loss Reduction Strategies for Natural and Technological Hazards, Part of Ninth International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability - ICOSSAR'05, Rome, Italy, June 19-23, 2005.
5. Çagnan, Z., and Davidson, R. 2004. Post-earthquake restoration modeling of electric power systems. Proc., 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 1-6, 2004, paper no. 109.
6. Dodo, A., Xu, N. Davidson, R., and Nozick, L. 2004. Optimizing the selection of regional earthquake mitigation strategies. Proc., 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 1-6, 2004, paper no. 269.
7. Davidson, R., and Lambert, K. 2001. Comparative assessment of the hurricane disaster risk of coastal counties in the U.S. Proc., Americas Conference on Wind Engineering-2001, Clemson, SC, June 3-6, 2001.
8. Rivera, M., Davidson, R., and Zhao, H. 2001. Forecasting the effect of changes in building inventory and vulnerability on hurricane risk in the U.S. Proc., Americas Conference on Wind Engineering-2001, Clemson, SC, June 3-6, 2001.
9. Sarpong, I., Davidson, R. Sparks, P. Rosowsky, D., and Shaik, B. 2001. Performance of electric power distribution systems in recent hurricanes. Proc., Americas Conference on Wind Engineering-2001, Clemson, SC, June 3-6, 2001.
10. Cardona, C., Villacis, C., and Davidson, R. 2001. A project to study urban earthquake risk worldwide. Proc., Fourth International conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics and Symposium in Honor of Professor W.D. Liam Finn, San Diego, CA, March 26-31, 2001.
11. Davidson, R., Villacis, C., Cardona, C., and Tucker, B. 2000. A project to study urban earthquake risk worldwide. Proc., Twelfth World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand, Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2000, paper no. 791.
12. Davidson, R. 1999. Indirect assessment of the earthquake vulnerability of a city's physical infrastructure. Proc., Eighth Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 13-16, 1999, paper CAEE-172.
13. Davidson, R. 1998. Innovation in earthquake risk assessment. Proc., First International Conference on Computer Simulation in Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation (Risk Analysis 98), Valencia, Spain, Oct. 6-8, 1998.
14. Davidson, R. and Shah, H. 1997. Risk classification of megacities. Proc., First International Workshop on Earthquakes and Mega-cities, Frankfurt, Germany, September 1-4, 1997, organized jointly by 17 professional organizations from Europe and the USA, including the IDNDR Secretariat, IAEE, IASPEI, UNESCO, UNCRD, UNU, USGS, and WSSI. Invited paper.
15. Davidson, R., Gupta, A. Kakhandiki, A. 1996. The critical problem of urban earthquake disaster risk assessment and management. Proc., ISET Symposium on Earthquake Effects on Structures, Plants & Machinery, Nov. 13-15, 1996, Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi, India.
16. Davidson, R., and Shah, H. 1996. Earthquake disaster risk: A critical problem for the world's urban regions. Proc., Pan-Pacific Hazards '96 Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 29-Aug. 2, 1996.
17. Davidson, R. 1996. Development of a multidisciplinary urban earthquake disaster risk index. Proc., Eleventh World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Acapulco, Mexico, June 23-28, 1996, paper no. 1927.
18. Wang, F., Windeler, Jr., D., Mortgat, C., Boley, J., and Davidson, R. 1996. Seismic hazard analysis in New Zealand. Proc., Eleventh World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Acapulco, Mexico, June 23-28, 1996, paper no. 886.
19. Wang, F., Davidson, R., and Bendimerad, F. 1995. Attenuation of intensity with epicentral distance in Jamaica. Proc., Fifth International Conference on Seismic Zonation, Nice, France, Oct. 17, 1995, 1197-1204.
20. Çakmak, A., Davidson, R., Mullen, C., and Erdik, M. 1993. Dynamic analysis and earthquake response of Hagia Sophia. Proc., Sixth International Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 881-898.
21. Mark, R., Çakmak, A., Hill, K., and Davidson, R. 1993. Structural analysis of Hagia Sophia: A historical perspective. Proc., Sixth International Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 867-880.

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOP PLANNING
A. Invited research presentations
1. Davidson, R. "Lifeline restoration modeling: Measuring, understanding, and improving rapidity," Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) National Science Foundation Site Visit, Buffalo, NY, October 2006.
2. Davidson, R., Nozick, L., Dodo, A., and Xu, N. "Equity in regional earthquake mitigation investment," Symposium on Risk Modeling and Loss Reduction Strategies for Natural and Technological Hazards, Part of Ninth International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability - ICOSSAR'05, Rome, Italy, June 19-23, 2005.
3. Davidson, R., and Çagnan, Z. "Post-earthquake restoration modeling," Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) National Science Foundation Site Visit, Buffalo, NY, June 2004.
4. Davidson, R. "Earthquake risk around the world," Bridging the Divide: EWF-USA National Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, September 17-20, 2003.
5. Davidson, R., Stedinger, J., Liu, H., and Rosowsky, D. "Modeling electric power distribution system outages in hurricanes," Southeastern Electric Exchange meeting, San Destin, FL, March 17, 2003.
6. Davidson, R., Stedinger, J., Liu, H., and Rosowsky, D. "Modeling electric power distribution system outages in hurricanes," Edison Electric Institute Mutual Assistance Conference, Houston, TX, February 5-7, 2003.
7. Davidson, R., Rosowsky, D., Rivera, M., Zhao, H., and Huang, K. "Modeling the change in hurricane losses over time," 27th Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Boulder, CO, July 2002.
8. Davidson, R., Liu, H., Sarpong, I., Rosowsky, D., and Sparks, P. "Hurricane vulnerability of electric power distribution systems in the Carolinas," United States-New Zealand Workshop on Civil Infrastructure Systems: Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems in Multihazard Environments, Christchurch, New Zealand, October, 2001. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and various governmental/non-governmental agencies in New Zealand.
9. Davidson, R. "Development, Application, and Extension of the Earthquake Disaster Risk Index (EDRI), Cornell University Council 50th Annual Meeting, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 26, 2000.
10. Davidson, R., and Lambert, K. "A Hurricane Disaster Risk Index," Expert Meeting on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Indexing, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2000. Sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Emergency Response Division, Disaster Reduction and Recovery Programme.
11. Davidson, R., Villacis, C., Cardona, C., and Tucker, B. "Understanding urban seismic risk around the world project," Vulnerability Assessment Techniques Workshop, Charleston, SC, March 2000. Sponsored by the Organization of American States, Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment (OAS-USDE) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center (NOAA-CSC).
12. Davidson, R. and Shah, H. 1997. Risk classification of megacities. Proc., First International Workshop on Earthquakes and Mega-cities, Frankfurt, Germany, September 1-4, 1997, organized jointly by 17 professional organizations from Europe and the USA, including the IDNDR Secretariat, IAEE, IASPEI, UNESCO, UNCRD, UNU, USGS, and WSSI.
13. Davidson, R. "A multidisciplinary urban Earthquake Disaster Risk Index," Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, February 1997. Presented as the Student Paper Competition winner.
14. Davidson, R., and Gupta, A. "An integrated approach to earthquake disaster risk assessment and management," United Nations University/World Seismic Safety Initiative Workshop on Urban Earthquake Disaster Mitigation, Tokyo, Japan, September 1995.

B. Other invited presentations
1. Davidson, R. "A Review of 'HAZUS Development and Current Applications for Catastrophic Planning' by T. Durham with P. Johari, and D. Bausch." Workshop on Strategic Directions for (Seismic) Risk Modeling and Decision Support, Boulder, CO, July 14-15, 2006.
2. Davidson, R. "Engineers for a Sustainable World: A new sustainability initiative," Merrill Presidential Scholars Faculty Panel, Cornell University, May 25, 2005.
3. Davidson, R. "Engineers for a Sustainable World: Engaging engineers in reducing poverty and promoting sustainability worldwide," University of Rochester, February 28, 2005.
4. Davidson, R. "Engineers for a Sustainable World," Bovay Program in Engineering Ethics, Cornell University, September 24, 2004.
5. Davidson, R., Warhaft, Z., and Clewlow, R. "Engineers Without Frontiers and Cornell," Engineering College Council meeting, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, April 15, 2004.

C. Other presentations and workshop planning
1. Liu, H., Davidson, R., and Apanasovich, T. "Assessing the risk of electric power outages due to hurricanes and ice storms using spatial Generalized Linear Mixed Models," Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, December 3-6, 2006. [Abstract accepted]
2. (Kumar) Jain, V., and Davidson, R. "Projecting changes in the hurricane risk of residential wood frame structures in North Carolina." Proc., 10th American Conference on Wind Engineering, Baton Rouge, LA, May 31-June 4, 2005.
3. Davidson, R., Ma, J., Nozick, L., O'Rourke, T., and Lembo, Jr., A. "Decision support for managed network expansion of gas services," CORS/INFORMS Joint International Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 16-19, 2004.
4. Cagnan, Z., and Davidson, R. "Post-earthquake lifeline service restoration modeling," Technical Conference on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE), Long Beach, CA, August 10-13, 2003.
5. Davidson, R., and Kumar, V. "Regional hurricane assessment for a dynamic built environment," Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Dec. 2004.
6. Liu, H., Davidson, R., and Rosowsky, D. "A model to estimate expected hurricane-related outages in electric power systems in the Carolinas," Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, December 2002.
7. Davidson, R., Rivera, M., and Zhao, H. "Modeling the effect of building inventory and vulnerability changes on the evolution of hurricane risk in the Carolinas," Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2002.
9. International Workshop for an Earthquake Safer World in the 21st Century, Kobe, Japan, 1/01. Organized by the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) Disaster Management Planning Hyogo Office. In Collaboration with the UN Secretariat for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) RADIUS Japan Team, GeoHazards International, Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe City, and the Yomiuri Shinbun. Helped plan and lead.
10. Davidson, R. "UUSRAW risk assessment methodology: The Earthquake Disaster Risk Index," Risk Assessment Tools for Diagnosis of Urban Areas against Seismic Disasters (RADIUS) Project Final Meeting, Tijuana, Mexico, October 1999. Sponsored by the United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction Secretariat.
11. Megacities and Earthquake Risk, a White House conference, Washington, DC, 1/98. Helped to organize 3rd of 14 forums in Toward Natural Disaster Resistant Communities in the 21st Century series, sponsored by the Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction.
12. Davidson, R. "A Multidisciplinary Urban Earthquake Disaster Risk Index," The 28th International Geographical Congress, The Hague, The Netherlands, August 1996.

RESEARCH AND OTHER FUNDING

Project Title Sponsor Researchers Period Amount
Investment Planning for Regional Natural Disaster Mitigation
National Science Foundation PI: Rachel Davidson; Co-PI: Linda Nozick 7/06 to 6/09 $250,000 (~$125,000 to Davidson)
NEES-SG. NEESWood: Development of a Performance-Based Seismic Design Philosophy for Mid-Rise Woodframe Construction National Science Foundation, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program PI: John van de Lindt; Co-PIs: Rachel Davidson, Andre Filiatrault, David Rosowsky, Michael Symans 10/05 to 9/09 $1,240,000 (~$109,000 to Davidson)
Water Supply Restoration and Fire Modeling Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research PI: Rachel Davidson 10/06 to 9/07 $65,000
Storm Preparedness and Recovery for the Electric Power System National Science Foundation PI: Rachel Davidson; Co-PIs: Art DeGaetano, David Rosowsky 7/04 to 6/07 $380,024 (~$268,000 to Davidson)
Lifeline Restoration and Fire Modeling for Disaster Response Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research PI: Rachel Davidson 10/05 to 9/06 $72,500
Restoration Modeling for Lifelines Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research PI: Rachel Davidson 10/04 to 9/05 $60,000
Optimizing Post-Earthquake Restoration for Electric Power and Water Supply Systems
President's Council of Cornell Women Affinito-Stewart Grant Program PI: Rachel Davidson 6/04 to 5/05 $11,432
Restoration Analysis for Lifelines Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research PI: Rachel Davidson 10/03 to 9/04 $61,000
Forecasting Change in Hurricane Risk Over Time National Science Foundation PI: Rachel Davidson; Co-PI: David Rosowsky 8/01 to 7/04 $274,979 (~$177,000 to Davidson)
CAREER: Research and Education in Natural Disaster Risk National Science Foundation PI: Rachel Davidson 7/00 to 6/04 $275,000 ($200,000 + $75,000 matching, max. allowed for 3 years)
Restoration Analysis for Lifelines Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research PI: Rachel Davidson 10/02 to 9/03 $59,555
GIS-Based Decision Support for Gas Distribution Systems
Keyspan Energy, Inc. Co-PIs: Thomas O'Rourke, Linda Nozick; Senior Personnel: Rachel Davidson, Arthur Lembo, Jr., Richard Schuler 6/01 to 6/03 $272,820 (~$90,000 to Davidson)
Use of Scientific Maps in Community Natural Hazard Mitigation Decisions U.S. Geological Survey PI: Rachel Davidson 2/01 to 12/03 $50,000
POWRE: Hurricane Risk Modeling and Forecasting National Science Foundation PI: Rachel Davidson 9/00 to 2/02 $25,000
Engineers Without Frontiers
Cornell University Faculty Fellows In Service Program PI: Rachel Davidson; Co-PI: John Mbwana 1/03 to 5/03 $2,000
Total: $3,153,088 (about $1,468,487 to Davidson)

ADVISING

TEACHING

A. Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

B. Short Course Teaching and Planning

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

OTHER SELECTED SERVICE

A. Professional

B. Cornell University