Christopher Clavin is a Research Environmental Engineer in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Community Resilience Group. Chris’ educational background is in environmental engineering and energy and environmental policy. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has an academic and research background in developing assessment methodologies to characterize the environmental impacts of energy technologies and infrastructure systems. His current research interests lie at the intersection of resilience planning and policy, decision science and support, science and technology policy.
At NIST, Chris’ research supports the development and deployment of methods and processes that aid community-scale resilience planning and decision making. In this role, Chris leads the Community Resilience Group’s research to advance and deploy NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide. This project and research involves developing methods for and engaging with communities in facilitated planning processes to plan for the impacts of hazards, changing conditions, and develop physical, administrative, and policy solutions that increase a community’s resilience to these factors. This research project aims to incorporate and deploy scientific advances in resilience research, particularly in other areas of NIST’s community resilience research portfolio, and create decision support tools for deployment and use by community end-users.