Christine Z. Beyzaei, Ph.D., P.E. (Zee) is a research engineer in the Earthquake Engineering Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division in the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She is also a member of the National Construction Safety Team investigating the Champlain Towers South collapse.
At NIST, Dr. Beyzaei is involved in research to improve the performance of the built environment. Her research interests include geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, failure investigations, post-extreme-event reconnaissance, performance-based seismic engineering, hazard assessments, infrastructure assessment, liquefaction, case history development through field and laboratory investigations, material characterization, and community resilience.
Dr. Beyzaei earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from George Washington University. Her doctoral research focused on investigating post-earthquake liquefaction observations in Christchurch, New Zealand following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. Dr. Beyzaei is an advisory panel member of GEER and has served on GEER reconnaissance teams following the 2018 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake and the 2014 South Napa, California earthquake. She also supported post-event research investigations following the 2011 Mineral, Virginia earthquake. Dr. Beyzaei is a steering committee member of the ASCE Innovative Technologies and Tools in Geotechnical Engineering Committee and serves as co-chair of the EERI Safety, Advocacy, and Messaging Subcommittee of the School Earthquake Safety Initiative.
Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Beyzaei worked as a practicing engineer on U.S. and international projects at consulting firms in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.