Briar Goldwyn
PhD Student
Construction Engineering and Management • Engineering for Developing Communities

428 UCB
ECCE 153
Boulder, CO 80309-0428

Briar is a second year PhD student in Construction Engineering & Management (CEM) focusing on post-disaster reconstruction and resilience. She is co-advised by Dr. Amy Javernick-Will and Dr. Abbie Liel. As the former Project Manager of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Engineers Without Borders Thailand Team, Briar discovered her passion for international development while working closely with a community in rural, northern Thailand to design a Slow Sand Water Filtration System.

Briar is focusing on understanding local perceptions of shelter safety and structural performance of homes built after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. This project aims to determine local preference and understanding of building components that are safe; assess the structural performance of shelters in multi-hazard environments; and create a communication design to assist communities and organizations in enhancing their resiliency to natural hazards.


  • BS in Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 2018, Magna Cum Laude


Goldwyn, B., Opdyke, A., Javernick-Will, A., and Liel, A. (2019). “Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Research Priorities”. 2019 Engineering Project Organizations Conference, Vail, CO.