Professor William Siembieda Recognized as Distinguished Scholar
Professor William Siembieda of the City and Regional Planning Department is one of three recipients of the Distinguished Scholarship Award for his significant contribution to Cal Poly in the area of building safe and resilient communities.
Two events shaped Dr. Siembieda’s current research agenda: formulating a Central America assistance program for people recovering from Hurricane Mitch, and preparing the State of California‘s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. These events ask the same research question: how do we make the places where we live safer from natural hazard disasters? Dr. Siembieda does this through the design of methods and policies that help mitigate natural hazards impact, while increasing the resiliency of the built environment.
“Making cities safer from hazards means less damage to people’s lives and to the built environment,” says Siembieda. “I help lower disaster risk through resilient land use planning and informed public policy making."
His global work is on how to implement the best possible recovery and reconstruction outcomes after a large-scale disaster occurs. Locally, his focus is on resiliency and adaptation, making use planning policy decisions that result in risk reduction through partnerships between the civil society, the private sector, and government.