Meet the Teams
University of Delaware & Delaware Technical Community College
“Big storms and rising water: Resilience planning for Phoebus and Fort Monroe”
After attending the first CERF competition meeting with Hampton community representatives, the University of Delaware’s multidisciplinary team immediately fell in love with Phoebus and Fort Monroe. The synergy between Phoebus’s small-town charm, diverse composition, and can-do neighborhood attitude, as well as Fort Monroe‘s guarding offshore presence, drew us into their shared story.
In June, the team visited Hampton, meeting with community representatives, local business owners, and visitors to the Fort Monroe’s outdoor park areas. After touring the neighborhoods and striking up conversations with locals in Mango Mangeaux Café and El Diablo Loco Cantina, we began to understand a deep-felt pride shared by residents of this community. We recognize this is a place of diversity and inclusion, with an unparalleled significant history. We came home feeling this is a place worth protecting.
We decided that we would not let our engagement end with one visit. We kept in touch with several local leaders and also shared UD’s coastal observer phone application with several community members. The app allows citizens to document weather and water events, which are then uploaded and geo-located on a publicly viewable map. This tool allowed us to keep up with the experiences of residents throughout the summer as we designed our plan.
Dr. Jules Bruck
Christopher Fettke von Koeckritz
Doug Janeic, Sovereign Consulting & former Army Corps project manager
Emma Ruggiero, University of Delaware-Living Shoreline Design
Stefanie Simpson, The Nature Conservancy- Resilient Funding Markets
Rodrigo Vargas, University of Delaware- Carbon Sequestration
Jocelyn Wardrup, University of Delaware -Soil Carbon Stocks
Neils Lindquist, University of North Carolina- Oyster Substrate
Penn State University
“Coastal resilience in historical social ecological context”
The team effort began with pre-project organization by professors Stempel, Cole, and Grady. The bulk of the team’s work, including background research and preparation and evaluation of designs, took place in the Spring of 2021 and was conducted by student members of the team with input from the team organizers and experts as is customary in a studio classroom. All policy, statistical, and technical analysis was conducted by students, except for downscaling ocean model data. Work took place remotely via zoom and asynchronous collaboration. This remote work continued through summer of 2021.
Student texts were compiled into documents by professors Stempel, Grady, and Cole. Editing was done by students Madison Borsos, Emily Miller, and Lauren Taylor. Final edits by student Madison Borsos and Professor Stempel. Image design, compilation and editing throughout was by student, Minh Anh Kieu. The background, recommendations, proposals, and designs are the products of the students. All graphics and visuals are
Mak (Minh Anh Kieu)
Nina (Christina) Flores
Katherine (Qiannan) Guo
Jack (Won Byoung) Kang
Jake (John) Tiernan
Michael Thurston, Outside Expert – History
Alanna Casey, Outside Expert – Interpretation
Vivek Shrikrishnan, Expert consultant – Deep Uncertainty
“Advancing Towards a Resilient Hampton 2050 by Supporting Population Mobility”
This project was conducted during the Spring semester at Virginia Tech (January 19 – May 05, 2020) and involved eight students and four faculty from different disciplinary backgrounds. The project team was divided into three groups focused on the geospatial analysis, economic assessment, and evaluation of planning options. Groups of undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G) students were led by a faculty with relevant expertise in Geography (GEOG), Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP), and Economics (ECON).
The whole project team met once a week for project updates and integration, while individual task force groups also gathered independently to work on their specific assignments. During the performance period, the team specifically focused on the problem identification that involved learning and problem-solving activities, data collection and analysis, and integration and interpretation of individual components.
Florida International University
“Coasting into resilience: A green new infrastructure for Hampton's Buckroe Beach”
Zooming into Hampton’s community of Buckroe, Florida International University’s competition kickstarted their work by getting a community-focused understanding of sea-level rise history and projections. Their work involves analysis of the sustainability of existing water infrastructure and management systems, as well as adaptation scenarios centered around green infrastructure. In doing so, they propose an outcome that would also inform residents and tourists of the community’s historical gems, natural ecosystems, flooding, and climate change.
Jose Gonzalez Del Pinal
These individuals are not part of the design team. They visited our classroom in 1-3 times during the semester to give lectures and provide critiques to improve the student work):
Malone Matson, Phyla Studio
Valeria Quintanilla, City of Coral Gables
Katie Poppel & Alex Fenech, EDSA
Kerby Kersaint, Dixie Landscape
Samira Damiscar, Strang Design
Alexandra Viala, Witkin Hults + Partners
Mairin Subervi, AECOM
Jennifer Daoulas, Kimley Horn