Oregon Resilience Work Earns Wang Recognition

March 22, 2018


ASCE has honored Yumei Wang, P.E., with the 2018 Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction for her outstanding contributions to the field of lifeline engineering and for promoting seismic lifeline resilience and fuel resilience in Oregon, including the development of a statewide resilience plan.

Wang has spent her career at the State of Oregon working to educate, encourage, and further seismic hazard awareness and lifeline resilience. She has been a longtime member and leader of the Technical Committee on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE), now the Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD), participating in several earthquake and storm reconnaissances and studies over more than a decade.

ASCE Oregon and its members feel that Wang has been a driving force in the recent work in Oregon to improve seismic resilience of lifelines. She was an integral part of the statewide resilience plan, as well as a statewide energy vulnerability study that has led to several efforts to improve fuel resilience of the state. These activities, along with her extensive work with local and national legislators and state agencies, excellent use of press and media to educate, and work with utility owners, have made her one of the most influential people in the northwest on lifeline resilience issues. She understands not only the engineering aspects of our vulnerabilities, but also the political aspects of getting resilience efforts funded and supported by both government and the public. She has also worked extensively with emergency planners in the state to merge both sides of this effort.

Beyond her local experience with DOGAMI, Wang has conducted technical earthquake damage assessments and recovery efforts on such disasters as the 2011 Japan, 2010 Chile, and 2008 China earthquakes, the 2007 Pacific NW storm, and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. She has also chaired numerous policy and technical groups, including the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission. She is a co-author on over 100 papers on this subject matter, which illustrate her extensive experience in engineering, economic analyses, policy development, and collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders. Her experience and significant policy contributions to Oregon Legislature and U.S. Congress are of note.

The Le Val Lund Award for Practicing Lifeline Risk Reduction recognizes an individual for contributions to the practice of reducing risks to lifeline systems and preparing communities for natural and man-made hazards.

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