photo of Casie Venable
PhD Graduate
Civil Systems • Engineering for Developing Communities

Casie's doctoral research focused on post-disaster housing safety, examining 10 post-disater housing programs in the Philippines following 2013's Typhoon Haiyan. She assessed both household perceptions of housing safety and the wind performance of post-disaster housing, eventually comparing the two to identify where household perceptions and engineering assessments aligned and misaligned. Her work was supported through the National Science Foundation Building Capacity for Safer Shelter: Leveraging Local Understanding and Advanced Engineering Assessments project and the University of Colorado Boulder Seed Grant for Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction: Participation, Performance, and Community Resilience. She was awarded a United States Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements Graduate Fellowship. She was collaboratively advised by Dr. Amy Javernick-Will and Dr. Abbie Liel.


  • PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 2020

  • Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities, University of Colorado Boulder, 2018

  • MS in Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 2018 

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016

  • BS in Construction Engineering and Management, Virginia Tech, 2016


  • USAID/OFDA Humanitarian Shelter & Settlements Fellow, 2019 

  • ASCE New Face of Civil Engineering, 2018 

  • Department of Education Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow, 2016