While studying Civil and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University, John Thomas and Dan Eisenberg made an unfortunate discovery: resilience knowledge could help protect infrastructure systems from disaster, but few people were aware of it. There were three reasons for this: 1) resilience theory and expertise was primarily held by specialists in social science rather than engineering; 2) resilience knowledge perspectives often exist in isolated academic domains; and 3) recent popularity of the term resilience has led to a bloated library of research that was not well integrated or citing the original theory and practice. Resilience Engineering Institute was first conceived by John and Dan as a way to integrate diverse perspectives and disseminate resilience knowledge to a broader audience. They are especially interested in sharing ways to apply resilience engineering in everyday life. The initial ideas for the organization and its function were developed during their PhD studies from 2014-2017.