Professor Lauryn Spearing
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Materials, and Environmental Department at the University of Illinois Chicago. I am passionate about improving people’s quality of life by increasing the level of service received from infrastructure and ensuring access to critical infrastructure systems. My research interests include infrastructure system management during uncertain contexts (e.g., disasters, pandemics) and improving the level of water services received by end-users (e.g., water access in underserved communities). I take a systems thinking approach, involving both qualitative and quantitative methods, to understand complex problems at the intersection of technical, social, and natural systems.