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Stephen A. Cauffman

Stephen Cauffman is currently the Lead for Disaster Resilience within the Engineering Laboratory. He is responsible for convening the diverse body of stakeholders to develop a community-centric Disaster Resilience Framework for buildings and infrastructure lifelines and to produce Model Resilience Guidelines, intially focused on critical buildings and lifelines, to improve the way that communities prepare for, resist, respond to, and recover from disruptive events such as natural hazards.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Cauffman was the Deputy Chief and for 20 months the Acting Chief of the Materials and Structural Systems Division before stepping down to lead the Disaster Resilience Initiative. The Division that included the Polymeric Materials Group, the Inorganic Materials Group, Structures Group, and Earthquake Engineering Group, as well as Wind Engineering and Disaster and Failure Studies. The division had roles in three statutory programs including the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, in which NIST is the lead agency, National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, and the National Construction Safety Team Program Mr. Cauffman led NIST's initiative on Resilience Strategies for the Built Environment. he also served as the co-leader of the Disaster Resilient Structures and Community Goal within EL. Mr. Cauffman was a member of the team that studied the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility.

Before moving to division management positions, Mr. Cauffman was the Leader of the Structures Group. The major research thrusts of the Structures Group were mitigation of progressive collapse, structural fire safety, and next-generation standards for wind loads. Mr. Cauffman led the 26 member team that conducted the reconnaissance of the performance of buildings and physical infrastructure following Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Mr. Cauffman was the program manager for the Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster, providing programmatic support to the technical team. He developed a model for an interagency program to address the mitigation of blast risk in bridges, buildings, and tunnels, an effort that NIST and the Technical Support Working Group are developing. His work at NIST includes coordination of the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC) as its Technical Secretariat. Mr. Cauffman also served as Technical Secretariat for the U.S.-side panel of the U.S.-Japan Joint Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects (UJNR). He was the technical point of contact for the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing Cooperative Research Program. Mr. Cauffman also has provided support to the Advanced Technology Program in outreach to the construction materials industry.

Before joining NIST, Mr. Cauffman was a Senior Program Manager with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF). In that capacity, he was responsible for conducting studies related to advanced technology for the construction industry. Mr. Cauffman also served as Secretariat to the High-Performance CONstruction MATerials and Systems (CONMAT) Council, an industry/government group dedicated to promoting research, development, and deployment of advanced construction materials. Working with CONMAT and NIST, Mr. Cauffman developed an industry plan for participation in the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and conducted workshops to educate industry on ATP.

Mr. Cauffman's experience also includes 11 1/2 years with the Atlantic Research Corporation. He was a Program Manager with the Solid Propulsion Division, leading efforts to develop main and divert propulsion systems for a small interceptor missile and gas generator-based fire suppression systems. Mr. Cauffman also was a Program Manager in the Advanced Materials Division, where he was responsible for programs to develop composite aerospace and marine structures. His experience at the Atlantic Research Corporation also included thermo-mechanical and thermo-physical testing and characterization of advanced carbon-carbon, metal-matrix, ceramic-matrix, and polymer-matrix composites.

Stephen A. Cauffman


Lead for Disaster Resilience
Materials and Structural Systems Division


George Mason University, B.S., Physics, 1988

Phone: 301-975-6051
Email: mcrdstaff@nist.gov