Elizabeth Hausler, CEE alumna, Academy of Distinguished Alumni Member (Class of 2014) and past CEE Distinguished Lecturer has been chosen as the keynote speaker at the graduate student commencement ceremony. She is the founder and CEO for Build Change, a nonprofit that builds resilient homes for communities impacted by disaster. Her organization has built over 50,000 houses, schools and other buildings in the Philippines, China, Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala and Nepal, as well as trained over 25,000 local engineers to build sustainable homes in areas with a high risk of disaster. She also helps communities in seismically active areas get subsidies for disaster-resistant development. She has received numerous honors and accolades for her work.
Hausler received her M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in Civil and Environmental (Geotechnical) Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received a B.S. (1991) degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign and an M.S. (1995) degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, Denver.