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NCST Advisory Committee Members

Committee Member Title and Organization

Reginald DesRoches


NCSTAC Reggie DesRoches

Provost, Rice University, Houston, TX

Term Expires: September 30, 2023

Dr. DesRoches has published over 150 articles in the general areas of earthquake engineering and seismic risk assessment and has given over 100 presentations in 30 different countries on his work. Dr. DesRoches served as a key technical leader for the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake of 2010 and was a member of an early response team which traveled to Haiti immediately following the earthquake to conduct critical building safety assessments for the United Nations.  He later led a team of 28 engineers, architects, city planners, and social scientists to study the impact of the earthquake. This deployment resulted in a series of recommendations on the recovery and rebuilding of Haiti, and was the foundation for the Earthquake Spectra special issue on the Haiti earthquake, which consisted of a compilation of research papers on the lessons learned from the Haiti earthquake. Dr. DesRoches currently serves as an Executive Committee Member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, and served as Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seismic Effects Committee from 2006 to 2010. Dr. DesRoches has received numerous awards for his work in the engineering field, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2002. The PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. In 2015 Dr. DesRoches was inducted into Berkeley’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni from Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Ross Corotis

(Vice Chair)

NCSTAC Ross Corotis

Professor, Colorado State University Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering, Boulder, CO 

Term Expires: September 30, 2023

Dr. Ross Corotis is a member of the National Academy of Engineering with a background in structural mechanics and stochastic vibrations. Dr. Corotis' primary research interests are in the application of probabilistic modeling in design, new methods of reliability assessment, optimization of structures, and innovations in engineering education. He has also conducted research regarding the coordinated roles of engineering and social science with respect to framing and communicating societal investments for long-term risks and resiliency. He began his career as a faculty member at Northwestern University, where he served for eleven years. In 1981, Dr. Corotis took a position with the Johns Hopkins University, where he re-established and chaired the Department of Civil Engineering until becoming Associate Dean in 1990. In 1994, Dr. Corotis accepted the position of Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder. In 2001, Dr. Corotis took a position as a professor at the CU Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering where he currently resides.

William Holmes

NCSTAC William Holmes

 Senior Consultant, Rutherford & Chekene, San Francisco, CA

Term Expires: September 30, 2023

Mr. Holmes has over 45 years of professional experience in all aspects of structural design, with a focus on seismic design. Mr. Holmes has been active in local, national, and international professional committees and workshops and in research and development in seismic engineering. In 2017 Mr. Holmes was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his excellence in structural design and leadership in improving the seismic safety of buildings. Mr. Holmes’ leadership experience in the structural engineering field includes his term as President of the Applied Technology Council corporation, serving on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and serving as the Chair of the NIST National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program Provisions Update Committee. Mr. Holmes is also an expert in seismic vulnerability of buildings and loss estimation; he served as the Senior Technical Advisor for the development of FEMA 273, which is the current standard for seismic analysis of buildings and is the basis for state-of-the-art vulnerability calculations. He served on the controlling committee for the development of FEMA’s Hazards U.S. (HAZUS) application since its inception in 1991. HAZUS is a nationally applicable standardized methodology that contains models for estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.

José Izquierdo-Encarnación

NCSTAC Jose Izquierdo

Principal, PORTICUS, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

Term Expires: September 30, 2023

José Izquierdo-Encarnación has over 35 years of experience as a civil engineer specializing in structural engineering. Puerto Rico. For the past 25 years he has worked in the international field of engineering, becoming president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) from 2003 to 2004. He has held several professional, civic, and public positions in Puerto Rico, including serving as Secretary of State and Secretary of Transportation and Public Works for the Commonwealth, as well as President and Board member of the Institute of Engineers and Land Surveyors. Mr. Izquierdo-Encarnación has also served as a Board member and Vice President of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and Trustee of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

Gary Klein

NCSTAC Gary Klein

Executive Vice President and Senior Principal, WJE Associates Inc., Northrook, IL

Term Expires: July 31, 2023

Mr. Klein is an Executive Vice President and Senior Principal at WJE Associates Inc., specializing in the investigation of collapsed structures. Mr. Klein has investigated hundreds of collapsed concrete, steel, and wooden structures. Most of his assignments have involved deterioration, distress, or failure of buildings and bridges. Mr. Klein has a wide range of structural engineering experience that also includes the investigation of parking structures, tunnels, transit structures, stadiums, piers, environmental facilities, and wind turbines. From 1973 to 1979 Mr. Klein worked at the Chicago firms of McDonough Engineering Inc. and the HNTB corporation. While with these firms he was responsible for structural design and plan preparation for new bridge and tunnel construction as well as the investigation and rehabilitation of existing structures. Mr. Klein has also served on several technical committees within the American Concrete Institute (ACI) including: ACI 318 - Standard Building Code, ACI 318C - Safety, Serviceability, and Analysis, ACI 318E - Shear and Torsion, ACI 342 - Evaluation of Concrete Bridges and Bridge Elements, ACI 445 - Shear and Torsion, and ACI 445A - Strut-and-Tie Models.

Kimberly Shoaf

NCSTAC Kimberly Shoaf

Professor, Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Term Expires: April 30, 2023

Dr. Kimberley Shoaf is a Professor in the Division of Public Health and Associate Chief for Community-Engaged Scholarship at the University of Utah. Dr. Shoaf is a practice-based public health systems and services researcher utilizing mixed-methods.  Her expertise is in the combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies for studying disasters.  Her research in emergency public health includes the study of the health impacts of various hazards with an emphasis on earthquakes; casualty estimation modeling for earthquakes and other natural and human-induced hazards; the study of public health workforce issues relative to the field of emergency public health; as well as the study of factors related to the resilience of health systems.  She has worked with more than 50 local health departments in preparing for a response to disasters through training, assessments, and exercises as well as in the development of written response plans.  Prior to joining the University of Utah, Dr. Shoaf was the Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, including serving as the principal investigator for the UCLA Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center.

Jeannette Sutton

NCSTAC Jeannette Sutton

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, University at Albany, SUNY

Term Expires: July 31, 2023

Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, SUNY.  Dr. Sutton specializes in disaster and risk with a primary focus on online informal communication, and public alerts and warning disseminated via terse messaging channels. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of information and communication technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Dr. Sutton has held numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, DHS, NOAA, USGS, and the Office of Naval Research.  Her research has been published in Risk Analysis, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; the Proceedings of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management; Information, Communication, and Society; Health Communication; and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Natural Hazards Center.  

Created October 26, 2011, Updated November 6, 2021