Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Cameron A. MacKenzie


Community resilience is an important component of long- term planning for a town or a city. Resilience generally refers to the ability of a system or a community to withstand a disruption and to recover from a disruption, but specific definitions and measures for resilience can vary widely from researcher to research or from discipline to discipline. Community resilience is often measured using a set of indicators based on census, socioeconomic, and community organizational data, but little research has attempted to assess how closely these measures correlate with a community’s ability to withstand or recover from a disruption. Engineering resilience metrics often are based on the “resilience triangle” concept. The resilience triangle assesses the loss in performance for a system and the time until the system’s performance returns to its pre-disruption (or a better) state. Although these concepts can be applied to community resilience, determining appropriate metrics for the performance of a community remains a difficult challenge. This research proposes to measure community resilience based on value-focused thinking. We propose an objectives hierarchy that begins with a community decision makers' fundamental values or objectives for community resilience. Each of these five objectives is further broken down into measurable attributes that focus on specific outcomes that a decision maker would like to achieve if a disruption occurs. Since these attributes are very diverse and have different units, value functions can be used to assess the contribution of each attribute toward the overall resilience.

Copyright Owner

Rohit Suresh



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64 pages