Rachael Lau is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on geophysical disaster mitigation. She is a 2022 Fulbright Scholar and Rhodes Graduate Fellow in Interdisciplinary Research and a co-founder of the National Academy of Engineering’s Call to Action on the COVID-19 Crisis. In addition to her research, Rachael co-founded and co-manages a research cohort on earthquake risk and resiliency between Duke and the Institute of Engineering in Kathmandu, Nepal. Rachael is a May 2020 undergraduate from Duke who majored in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on water resources engineering and a Certificate in Global Development Engineering. Rachael will be working with the Institute of Engineering and the National Society for Earthquake Technology, Nepal. Her interests include disaster response, human rights, and running.