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Janey Camp

Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR)

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

I have a broad range of interests, but ultimately I'm interested in studying the interactions of nature and man-made systems utilizing geospatial technologies. This includes modeling future flooding and the potential impacts on communities and infrastructure systems to identify key risk areas. Using a holistic, all hazards approach, we can use risk management techniques to not just identify those key risk areas, but also consider future planning and adaptation strategies that may pose low-cost, high-reward opportunities to assist in informed decision-making. I'm also strongly interested in sharing knowledge with the next generation on these issues by integrating engineering and geospatial technologies in K–12 education to prepare the next group of engineers and scientists to address the challenges of the future. In addition, I'm involved in several interdisciplinary projects focused on infrastructure system adaptation to climate change, risk management and also STEM integration into education.

Dr. Camp's research work ranges from development of new methodologies for enterprise risk management to development of a spill management information system (SMIS 2.0) which links an advanced hydrodynamic and spill model with a geographic information system (GIS) interface. Dr. Camp is also interested in the impacts of climate change on civil infrastructure including freight transportation structures and facilities which led to her helping organize a national summit focused on this topic in June 2011 at Vanderbilt University.

Janey also sees the value of integrating GIS in pre-secondary education and is working with Metro Nashville Public Schools to integrate GIS into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy curriculum.  Another area of research focus is involved with include a study of the impacts and “true costs” of flooding from high intensity, short duration precipitation events as may be seen in the future due to climate change; the combination of social, ecological, and economic factors to measure consequences of such events; and land use management techniques and policies to manage flood events through mitigation or adaptation efforts. 

Dr. Camp is one of several researchers involved in an interdisciplinary project to investigate the extent to which environmental stressors may prompt migration or adaptation in coastal low-lying areas; a project that combines risk management, GIS, environmental hazard mapping and modeling along with social science studies of human behavior and coupled human and nature interactions.

Professional Societies & Affiliations

Dr. Camp is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Tennessee and actively participates in professional societies such as:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
  • Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFM)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)

Dr. Camp is also a member and/or affiliate of:

In her spare time, Dr. Camp serves on the committee for TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) in addition to volunteering as a Science Communication Fellow for the Adventure Science Center.



2017 to Present - Certified Floodplain Manager

2015 to Present - Hazus Certified Professional

2014 to Present - Certified GIS Professional

2010 to Present - Licensed Professional Engineer

2016 - 2017 - President, Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)

2016 - Outstanding Engineering Educator, Nashville Branch, American Society of Civil Engineers

2015 - 2018 - Appointment to the National Committee on America's Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers to assist with the Report Card on America's Infrastructure

2015 - Inspiring Women in STEM Award, INSIGHT into Diversity Magazing (1 of 100 honored across the U.S.)

2015 - Nashville Emerging Leaders Award Recipient in Environment and Sustainability, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Nashville

2014 - Nashville Emerging Leaders Award Finalist in Environment and Sustainability

2014 - Graduate of the 5th Class of the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy of Middle Tennessee

2012 - 2013 - Appointment to the National Committee on America's Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers to assist with the Report Card on America's Infrastructure

2012 - Citizen Engineer Award - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

March 2012 - Appointed to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Committee on America's Infrastructure

2012 - Eastern Region Younger Member Council (ERYMC) Outstanding Younger Member in Community Service Activities Award, American Society of Civil Engineers

2011 - Young Engineer of the Year - American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Section

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