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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

Allison Reilly Wins NSF CAREER Award

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

Student Spotlight: Hamed Ghaedi

Meet Hamed, who found his passion for engineering from his Civil Engineer siblings.

UMD's Reilly Lands Gulf Research Program Fellowship

The fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they work to improve offshore energy system safety.

Multiple students win travel award to present at SRA

Graduate students of Dr. Allison Reilly and Dr. Shelby Bensi will present at SRA 2019

Dr. Allison Reilly elected to INFORMS Decision Analysis Society Council

Dr. Reilly will serve a three-year term as a council-member.