UBC Okanagan becoming a world leader in disaster resiliency

27 March, 2023

When earthquakes shake buildings to the ground anywhere in the world, Dr. Lisa Tobber can’t look away. As a structural engineering researcher at UBC Okanagan who specializes in disaster resiliency, Dr. Tobber instead leans into the chaos.

There is too much to learn, she says, and there is much to do to prevent the next tragedy—and they can be prevented.

“We all know natural disasters are inevitable. But we can design buildings to survive—not collapse—so they’ll be more resilient and functional shortly after disasters,” says Dr. Tobber, UBCO’s Principal Research Chair in Women in Engineering and the BC Housing Professor in Resilient Reinforced Concrete Buildings.

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