About Us


Improving human resilience through effective risk understanding, communication, management, and response by bringing together current industry problems, communities, government agencies, and state-of-the-art research.

Providing data informed risk assessments.

People have always managed risk. Different hazards have posed significant challenges to the well-being of our society including: natural hazards, industrial accidents, and intentional disasters, such as those caused by terrorists and cyber attacks. The Center maintains a vision of improving human resilience throughout the world using data analytics as a mechanism to better understand and communicate risk concepts.


Disseminating risk to shareholders and addressing risk perceptions.

Insurers claim that the majority of clients are severely underinsured, and that they do not understand the true and total risk to which they are exposed. This deficiency in risk perception can be attributed to poor awareness of risk and associated threats. There exists a need to promote enhanced risk perception to improve risk understanding, communication, management and response. 


Help stakeholders reduce the damages and impacts resulting from a hazard.

Risk is everyone’s problem. Ultimately, losses following a failure event are impacted by the socio-technical environment in which they occur. By synthesizing data and resources from such entities we can help promote risk awareness and resiliency, risk can be mitigated and total expected losses can be reduced.


Identify mechanisms and methods for responding to and recovering from a disaster.

While the threats presented today are sophisticated and complex with a varying degree of parameters and outcomes depending on the stakeholder, the underlying premise of risk as a function of frequency and consequence is common throughout. Today, data is ubiquitous. High-resolution information is regularly generated on both the frequency and consequences of potential hazards. To improve hazard response we must harness the power of this data to better understand the risk involved.



At RESA, we believe innovation in the modern world requires thinking beyond one sector.

Solutions to tomorrow’s problems will be built to serve the multidisciplinary world. This is why we have positioned ourselves in the nexus of innovation. By leveraging data, resources, and knowledge from industry professionals, academic intellectuals, communities, and government-funded agencies, we are able to create break-through technologies designed for real world needs.


Three Pillars. One Organization.

Education & Training

The Center provides both education and training to Clemson students, industry partners, and non-partnering professional students. RESA offers a Masters of Engineering degree, with an emphasis in risk engineering, and three graduate certificate programs. These programs are designed to meet the needs of the current risk engineering workforce with an aim of enhancing fundamental knowledge and skills in the areas of risk engineering and risk management through system analytics. In addition, training classes and programs are offered to enhance on-the-job skills and proficiencies with regard to risk assessment.

Research & Innovation

The Center conducts research which addresses both fundamental scientific gaps, and has a direct alignment with industry deficiencies. The research areas in focus are highlighted on our home page, which are continuously under development as new areas emerge from a continuous dialogue between industry partners and academic researchers and will be selected to solve immediate and critical business needs. In this way, the Center serves as the conduit for providing services, solving problems, and helping to bring new innovations to market.

Global Engagement

The Center acts as a hub for engagement and interaction with research and academic institutions, governmental entities, and collaborative partners. Furthermore, active collaborations focused on the exchange of information and knowledge will be supported in the fields of risk engineering, data analysis, catastrophe modeling, and community resilience, to name a few. The current focus of RESA’s international collaboration efforts are to enhance its existing relationship with Tongji University.


The Center is located in Greenville, South Carolina on the CU-ICAR campus (1 Research Drive, Suite 400). Currently, the RESA facility supports researcher, student, and partner interaction through an open and collaborative workspace. An additional 5,000 square feet of adjacent floor space just opened featuring two new classrooms and a virtual reality cave to support education activities. The Center is also home to a hydro-engineering lab located at the Advance Material Research Laboratory (AMRL) in Anderson, South Carolina.


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