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This document codifies lab practices and expectations for new and existing group members.

This lab guide is divided into three main sections:

  1. Expectations for conduct
  2. Specific policies and resources
  3. Information for new and prospective members


This is intended to be a living document and remains a work in progress. Lab and community members are strongly encouraged to contribute to this document! See the README file on of the GitHub repo for detailed instructions.


Our mission is to support the social, environmental, and financial resilience of communities around the world by creatively informing the design and management of infrastructure systems. Through mission-oriented basic research guided by community engagement, we develop tools and methods to accurately, transparently, and collaboratively link decisions, outcomes, and preferences.

Core values


As academics, we enjoy the luxuries of freedom and space that allow us to question the status quo and explore new ideas. With this privilege comes a responsibility to imagine new possibilities and speak uncomfortable truths.


We recognize the burdens of systemic inequality and seek to promote fairness and justice.


We strive for excellence in all our activities and aim to be role models in all that we do. We seek to do what is right, not what is easy, and acknowledge when we fall short.


We understand the limitations of our expertise and celebrate the academic and community partners with whom we coproduce knowledge. We overcome our limitations by actively seeking out diverse perspectives and challenging our preexisting assumptions.

Open Science

Our research is accessible to all levels of society. We approach complex problems with a collaborative mindset. When we make mistakes, we recognize them and do our best to fix them.


The organization and framing of this document borrows heavily from lab guides written by

Where specific sections borrow not only ideas but also words, specific credit is given. Thanks also to the following contributors for their comments and suggestions:

  • Jordy E. Padilla-Solis
  • Yash Vijay Amonkar

Last update: September 23, 2022