Working in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, a region with one of the highest tsunami risks in the world,Veronica Cedillos leads an international team promoting tsunami preparedness.
In 2009, Cedillos’ team evaluated the need for developing Padang’s tsunami evacuation infrastructure including earthquake-resistant bridges and structures that rise above the maximum tsunami water level and withstand the expected levels of earthquake and tsunami forces. The 2009 project team created and led a course at Stanford University and undertook several field investigations in Padang. In the wake of the September 30, 2009 earthquake that devastated Padang, killing over 1,000 people, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) selected Cedillos to join the team of engineers and scientists that evaluated the damage.
Cedillos has also participated in projects to promote earthquake safety within communities in developing countries. In 2007, she investigated earthquake-resistant features of traditionally built structures in the Himalayas, in order to develop techniques that could decrease the risk of earthquakes devastating structures.
Cedillos earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her master’s degree in structural engineering from Stanford University. She is a resident of San Francisco, California.
Awards and Accomplishments
2010 New Face of Civil Engineering