Allison Reilly is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on identifying governance systems that enable resilient infrastructure and strong communities. Prior to her appointment at the University of Maryland, Dr. Reilly was a research fellow at the University of Michigan and a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Dr. Reilly was a research analyst for a federally-funded research and development center in support of the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Reilly holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
U.S. disaster policy emphasizes recovery rather than prevention. The Federal Government must overhaul disaster policy to eliminate devastating billion-dollar disasters.