Jennifer Rice speaks at eMerge Americas.

Resilient Coastal Infrastructure Expert Speaks to Thousands in Miami

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UF civil engineering professor Jennifer Rice addresses challenges of vulnerable coastal communities at this year’s eMerge Americas conference. 

Jennifer Rice is an assistant professor of civil engineering in the Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment. Her research focus is monitoring of the health of structures – including roads and bridges – using both “smart” sensor systems and drone inspections. She will speak this week at the eMerge Americas conference in Miami.

Rice takes a multidisciplinary research approach to dynamic monitoring, and to addressing the challenges of vulnerable and aging infrastructure. She is a key collaborator in the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World and with the University of Florida Transportation Institute. Along with fellow resilient coastal infrastructure experts Forrest Masters, Ph.D. and David Prevatt, Ph.D she helps run the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure Experimental Facility at UF. It’s home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of wind engineering research infrastructure in the world, including the Terraformer wind tunnel.

eMerge Americas is a technology conference held in Miami that engages thousands of people each year. In a panel titled Ripple Effects of Coastal Cities, Rice will join the City of Miami’s chief resiliency officer and Salvador, Brazil’s municipal secretary for sustainable cities and innovation to discuss the effects of rising sea levels on infrastructure in vulnerable coastal areas. If you’re at eMerge – stop by booth H4 to say hello.  

Click here to check out Dr. Rice’s CV.