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Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design Certificate

Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design Certificate

The imperative motivating the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design is to educate the next generation of practitioners and scholars to apply knowledge gained in the classroom and in the field to reduce the rise in disaster losses and assist communities to adapt to a changing climate. The aims of the certificate reflect the NC State vision of “Think and Do”, to include using evidence-based information, assessing existing policy constraints and opportunities, and visually depicting examples of policy achieved through good planning, engineering and design.

Technical knowledge to be obtained and applied by students in this graduate certificate program include:

  • visualization of varied policy options;
  • the critical assessment of existing and proposed natural hazards, disaster and climate change adaptation policies;
  • the development of scenario-based governance strategies, interdisciplinary problem solving spanning architecture, building sciences, engineering, landscape architecture and land use planning;
  • understanding hazard mitigation (risk reduction) and disaster recovery, to include its connectivity to climate change adaptation;
  • and applying policy, design and engineering concepts to these issues.

How to Apply

Contact Gavin Smith at or Courtney Ray at to enroll in this certificate program.