Judith Mitrani-Reiser

National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Judith Mitrani-Reiser is the director of the Disaster and Failure Studies Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an assistant professor of civil engineering and emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Her research is focused on disaster metrology, the performance assessment of critical infrastructure, the safety and economic impact of hazards on the built environment, the effective communication of these risks to the public, informed decision making for use in emergency management and policy making, and the interaction of humans with the built environment. She is leading a multidisciplinary staff responsible for conducting fact-finding investigations of structural failures and disasters that resulted in substantial loss of life or that posed significant potential for substantial loss of life; promoting the implementation of recommendations from those studies to improve codes, standards and practices; and carrying out the statutory responsibilities assigned by the National Construction Safety Team Act.

Mitrani-Reiser is an associate of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the Seismological Society of America, and the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. She is the vice chair for ASCE’s Subcommittee on Multi-Hazard Mitigation, and is a member of ASCE’s Committee on Disaster Resilience of Structures and of the Committee of Critical Facilities in ASCE’s Infrastructure Resilience Division and EERI’s Learning From Earthquakes Committee.