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Reilly, Allison

Reilly, Allison

Assistant Professor
Pedro E. Wasmer Professor in Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
1174 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Mondays and Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 PM and by appointment
  • Contact via email (areilly2@umd.edu) for Zoom link


Dr. Reilly is a civil engineer specializing in risk and resilience of infrastructure systems. She is particularly interested in characterizing the interplay between the resilience of infrastructure and individual decision-making. Recent projects include examination of investment decisions by managers of interdependent infrastructure systems and the movement of hazardous materials under threat of terrorism.

Dr. Reilly holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY. She holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering, also from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Society for Risk Analysis, INFORMS Decision Analysis Society, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • Hazard risk assessments
  • Decision-making
  • Infrastructure system performance and protection

  • FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and its role in community recovery
  • Assessing resilience of Maryland state parks
  • Adaptation of municipal infrastructure under sea level rise

  • ENCE 302 Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineers
  • ENCE 688k Risk and Resilience of Infrastructure Systems and Services

  • Reilly, A., S. Guikema, L. Zhu, T. Igusa. (2017) “Evolution of vulnerability of communities facing repeated hazards.” PLOS ONE, 12(9): e0182719. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182719
  • Reilly, A., G. Tonn, C. Zhai, and S. Guikema. (2017) “Hurricanes and Power System Reliability – The Effects of Individual Decisions and System-Level Hardening.” Proceedings of the IEEE. 105(7): 1429 – 1442. DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2017.2689720
  • Reilly, A., A. Staid, M. Gao, and S. Guikema. (2016) “Computer parallelization for risk analysis: A tutorial.Risk Analysis. 36(10): 1844-1854. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12565
  • Reilly, A., R. Davidson, L. Nozick, T. Chen, and S. Guikema. (2016) “Using data envelopment analysis to evaluate post-hurricane electric-power restoration performance.” Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 152: 197-204. DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.ress.2016.03.007
  • Reilly, A., A. Samuel, and S. Guikema. (2015) “Gaming the ‘system’: Decision making by interdependent critical infrastructure.”  Decision Analysis. 12(4): 155-172. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1287/deca.2015.0318

Grant Awarded for Study of Climate-Induced Septic Tank Failures

A research team led by UMD’s Allison Reilly examines a growing hazard.

Attoh-Okine Named UMD CEE Chair

University of Delaware Professor, ASCE Fellow to lead department.

Maryland Engineering Graduate Programs: Top 10 Public, Four Years in a Row

Maryland Engineering earns a top spot in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings among over 200 colleges.

Allison Reilly Wins NSF CAREER Award

CEE researcher to study resilience disincentives baked into federal public assistance programs.

No Easy Way Home

Zeinab Yahyazadeh Jasour tracks the impact of rising sea levels on Eastern Shore road networks.

Improving Disaster Communication for Marginalized Communities

Nnenia Campbell to deliver inaugural CEE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seminar.

More Effective, Equitable Disaster Policy

Three leading disaster scientists--Deb Niemeier, Allison Reilly and A.R. Siders--present a roadmap for change.

Researchers Urge Overhaul of Disaster Policy

The Day One Project has tapped a proposal led by UMD’s Allison Reilly as one of 100 sci-tech ideas for the next U.S. administration.

UMD’s Reilly Lands Gulf Research Program Fellowship

Award will support research on inequities in disaster relief.

What Does a Pair of Dice Have to Do With Disaster Recovery?

Resilience experts use gaming techniques and more to understand utility operator behaviors.

UMD Resilience Experts Awarded NSF Grant to Accelerate Disaster Recovery

The $750,000 CRISP grant will allow the team to investigate operator decision-making following disasters.

Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel Featured in the News

Reporters from national and regional television networks experienced hurricane-force winds firsthand.

UMD Resilience Experts Offer Insights Throughout Active Atlantic Hurricane Season

The season was among the most active in records dating back to 1851.

UMD Engineers Answer Questions about Record-Breaking Harvey, Flooding

National and local news outlets turned to University of Maryland engineers for their disaster expertise.

Allison Reilly Joins CEE Faculty

CEE assistant professor contributes expertise in hazard risk assessments, infrastructure system performance and protection.