ASCE has honored Amy Javernick-Will, D.Eng., A.M.ASCE, with the 2018 Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction for her outstanding scholarship in the areas of disaster recovery and enhancement of the global quality of life through socially sustainable infrastructure, and for her contribution to advancing construction engineering through scholarship, mentoring, and a commitment to diversity.
Javernick-Will’s research aims to enhance the global quality of life through infrastructure that is socially sustainable. In one of her main research areas, disaster recovery, she is using multimethod approaches, including fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) and social network analysis (SNA), to determine postdisaster infrastructure reconstruction strategies, structures, and processes that enhance holistic community recovery (infrastructure, social, and economic recovery). Recently, she completed National Science Foundation–funded research in India which found that one disaster recovery “pathway” achieved combined economic, infrastructural, and social recovery.
The above projects demonstrate her contributions to the creation of original knowledge. Javernick-Will is also very committed to dissemination of this knowledge through journal publications and conference presentations. She has received four research grants in the area of disaster recovery and three best paper awards. She has disseminated findings in traditional peer-reviewed journals as well as social media and the popular press. Since 2009, she has published 39 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 59 peer-reviewed conference proceeding papers. In addition, she created and assessed a teaching case study based upon the findings from the India work, and has been invited to present her research to the United States Agency for International Development and other humanitarian aid organizations.
The Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship that advances construction engineering as a science.