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
Dr. Judith Mitrani-Reiser is the Director of the Disaster and Failure Studies Program, where she leads a multidisciplinary staff responsible for conducting fact-finding investigations focused on: building and infrastructure failures; successful building and infrastructure performance; evacuation and emergency response systems; and disaster recovery and community resilience. These investigations can be carried out under four different statutory authorities at NIST: National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP), National Wind Impact Reduction Program (NWIRPM), National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, and the NIST Organic Act. The results of these investigations are intended to inform recommendations to improve codes, standards, and practice.
Mitrani-Reiser earned her B.S. from the University of Florida, M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. During her B.S., Mitrani-Reiser worked at a forensic engineering firm, where her curiosity for understanding the technical causes of failures first began. Mitrani-Reiser maintains a strong professional involvement to ensure her research has practical applications. She is currently a member and a Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where she serves as Vice Chair for SEI’s Committee on Multi-Hazard Mitigation.
Mitrani-Reiser came to NIST after serving eight years on the Civil Engineering faculty and three years on the Emergency Medicine faculty at the Johns Hopkins University. At Johns Hopkins, her research focused on the seismic safety of healthcare facilities, performance-based design, resilient-based design, community resilience, structured tool development for field reconnaissance, safety and economic impacts of hazards on the built environment, the effective communication of these risks to the public, informed decision making for use in emergency management and policy making, and the interaction of humans with the built environment. At Hopkins, Mitrani-Reiser founded and was the faculty advisor for the Homewood Postdoc Association. She also served as the faculty advisor for the EERI Student Chapter and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter.