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Patrick Hancock

Dr. Patrick I. Hancock (he/him) is an engineering researcher and educator with a passion for social justice, sustainability, and actioning science. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. His work leverages systems engineering principles and behavioral science insights to develop engineering approaches that enhance social and environmental outcomes through design. He received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Saint Cloud State University, MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Saint Thomas, and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.

In addition to his academic experience, Patrick has professional experience in engineering production, manufacturing, and design. His research has been featured in journals such as the International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice and Peace, American Psychologist, and Nature Sustainability. Additionally, his work has been featured in outlets like The Conversation, Grist, and Anthropocene.

At the Institute on the Environment, Patrick will be working with the Center for Building Research and the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership to assess climate adaptation risks for the built environment across Minnesota. Recommendations from the study will be shared with the Minnesota state government to inform future statewide infrastructure adaptation priorities and policy approaches.