Under the guidance of Professor Alexandros Taflanidis, Marie Bond is researching the connection between humanitarian relief efforts and long-term recovery after disasters. As a member of the Engineering2Empower Housing Team, Bond will be investigating methods of communicating and managing quality control in the construction of low-budget earthquake-resilient housing. She is investigating what type of policies are needed to offer a bridge between short-term disaster relief and long-term recovery options. Ultimately, Bond hopes to find a structural engineering solution to the global challenge of inadequate disaster relief. She is also assisting other Kellogg International Scholars on their Haitian microdevelopment team.
Bond is a member of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, in which she addresses the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge “Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure” through community engagement, multidisciplinary classes, and research. During her summers, she contributed to research in New Zealand and Italy on the vulnerability and resiliency of unreinforced masonry heritage buildings.
I am interested in the structural integrity and vulnerability of infrastructure in areas prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes. Specifically, I would like to learn more about the disparities of infrastructure resilience across countries of varying wealth. Ultimately, I would like to develop a long-term solution to insufficient infrastructure around the globe, especially in underdeveloped regions.
Currently, I am researching potential solutions to the disconnect between day-one disaster relief efforts and long-term solutions. Particularly, I am exploring various design options for transitional shelters. Additionally, I am investigating what type of policies are needed in regional and NGO levels to offer a bridge between short-term disaster relief and long-term recovery options, as well as assisting other Kellogg Scholars on their Haitian micro development team.