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Lisa Choe

Dr. Lisa Choe is a Research Structural Engineer in the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) with the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dr. Lisa Choe joined the NFRL in August 2012. Dr. Choe’s research interests include large-scale experiments and computational assessments on performance of structural members, subassemblies, and systems subject to combined mechanical loads and real fire. Dr. Choe’s doctoral research at Purdue University involved experimental investigation on mechanics of large-scale steel members under fire loading. Dr. Choe developed and validated the nonlinear computational models to predict the performance of steel columns and beam-columns.

After completion of her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Purdue University in 2011, Dr. Choe joined the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Department of the Interior (DOI). She was a structural engineer to evaluate design, installation, modification, and removal of offshore structures including oil and gas fixed leg platforms and semi-submersible production systems in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. She was involved in the development of technical guidance for lessees, operators, federal and state agencies to promote the operational safety of aged platform facilities subject to severe ocean environmental loads.

Currently, Dr. Choe is involved in the development of the infrastructure for the NFRL, including laboratory/testing operational procedure, standard test protocols, and design of mechanical loading systems to ensure safe and effective operation of the laboratory, and completion of commissioning by 2014.


Research Structural Engineer
Fire Research Division
National Fire Research Laboratory


Purdue University, Ph.D., Civil (Structural) Engineering, 2011

The Ohio State University, B.S., Civil (Structural) Engineering, 2006


Phone: 301-975-5644
Email: lisa.choe@nist.gov