Dr. Marc Levitan leads R&D to improve model codes, standards, design guidance, and practices for the construction and rehabilitation of buildings, structures, and lifelines. Marc’s R&D program will (1) support the development of instrumentation, data processing, archival capabilities, and standards for the instrumentation and its deployment, to measure wind, wind loading, and other properties of severe wind and structural response; (2) improve knowledge of the impact of severe wind on buildings, structures, lifelines, and communities; (3) develop cost-effective windstorm impact reduction tools, methods, and technologies; (4) work, in conjunction with private sector organizations and other appropriate Federal agencies, to support the development of wind standards, model codes, and better building practices. Marc will coordinate with EL’s Disaster and Failure Studies Program and with the other NWIRP agencies and stakeholders to respond to disaster and failure events following severe windstorm events. He will also support the development of tools and methods for the collection of data on the loss of and damage to structures, and data on surviving structures after severe such events.
Leader of NIST’s R&D program under the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP)
Dr. Levitan comes to NIST after a 18 year career at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he had been an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the founding Director of the LSU Hurricane Center. Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Levitan spent five years as the Managing Director of the Wind Engineering Research Field Laboratory at Texas Tech University studying wind effects on full scale buildings.
Bachelor’s degrees (1985) in architecture and in civil engineering as well as a master’s degree (1988) and doctoral degree (1993) in civil engineering, all from Texas Tech
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