California Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, 2007
University of California, Berkeley, M.S., Structural Engineering & Mechanics of Materials, 2001
University of Florida, B.S., Civil and Coastal Engineering, 2000
Mitriani-Reiser, a recognized expert on the structural, infrastructural and social impacts of disasters ranging from earthquakes to tsunamis, comes to NIST after serving for the past 8 years on the civil engineering faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Among her areas of expertise are disaster management, risk assessment, resilience, emergency preparedness and evacuation modeling. Mitriani-Reiser will lead the multidisciplinary staff responsible for conducting fact-finding investigations of structural failures and fires that resulted in substantial loss of life or that posed significant potential for substantial loss of life; promoting the implementation of recommendations from those studies to improve codes, standards and practices; and carrying out the statutory responsibilities assigned by the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act.