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Dr. John (Jack) R. Hayes, Jr.

Dr. John (Jack) R. Hayes, Jr. is the Director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Hayes joined the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) at NIST in early 2006. NEHRP is the Federal government's program to reduce risks to life and property from earthquakes. NEHRP consists of four federal agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and NIST.  As director, Dr. Hayes provides overall program management, coordination and technical leadership; strengthens program effectiveness by facilitating implementation of earthquake risk mitigation measures; and builds and maintains effective partnerships with NEHRP program agencies and stakeholders in industry, academia and government. Specific duties include strategic and management plan development and implementation; program evaluation and performance measurement; budget review, guidance and coordination; preparation and submission of coordinated annual program budgets; submission of an annual report to Congress on consolidated program priorities, budget and results, including an assessment of program effectiveness; information dissemination on earthquake hazards and loss-reduction measures; and related interagency programs and policies. Dr. Hayes also leads in-house NIST efforts to perform earthquake engineering research in support of NEHRP.

Dr. Hayes joined NIST after serving since 1988 as leader of seismic and structural engineering research at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) in Champaign, IL. At CERL, Dr. Hayes was actively involved in earthquake engineering research for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also collaborated extensively with the earthquake engineering program at NSF, including work within the Mid-America Earthquake Center, and has been directly involved with a number of significant earthquake mitigation projects for FEMA. Working with key personnel at USGS, Dr. Hayes helped develop the seismic provisions for the American Society of Civil Engineers' ASCE 7-05 standard and a new Department of Defense tri-services seismic design manual.

Prior to his tenure at CERL, Dr. Hayes was Research Civil Engineer and Senior Scientist at the Engineering Research Division of the U.S. Air Force Engineering and Services Laboratory (1984-1988); Structural Engineer at the U.S. Air Force Armament Division (1982-1984); Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute (1980-1982);  Civil Engineer and NATO Infrastructure Staff Officer at the Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe (1977-1980); and Civil Engineer Officer at Tinker AFB, OK (1975-1977).

Dr. Hayes is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Virginia.

Dr. John (Jack) R. Hayes, Jr.


Engineering Laboratory
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 1998

University of Virginia, M.E. (Tau Beta Pi), Civil Engineering, 1975

Virginia Military Institute,  B.S. (Distinguished Graduate), Civil Engineering, 1973,


Phone: 301-975-5640
Email: john.hayes@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-xxxx