Dr. Matthew Speicher is a Research Structural Engineer in the Earthquake Engineering Group at NIST. His research interests include performance-based seismic design and assessment, design of steel structures, recentering systems, rocking structures, passive damping, and advancement and application of new materials. He focuses on applied research that helps advance earthquake resilience and has active projects investigating the collapse performance of code-complaint steel buildings, comparing traditional design standards to performance-based seismic design standards, exploring alternative assessment criteria to account for loading histories, coming up with ways to easily account for the beneficial effects of overstrength in the assessment of cold-formed steel framed structures, and investigating the effects of stability provisions in seismic design.
Dr. Speicher is actively involved in codes and standards development, including being a voting member on AISI Committee of Framing Standards Lateral Design Subcommittee, an associate member of the ASCE 41 committee, and liaison to the Building Seismic Safety Council’s Provisions Update Committee. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He also participated in earthquake reconnaissance missions to Christchurch, New Zealand (2011, ASCE 41 team) and Anchorage, AK (2019, NIST team).
Prior to joining NIST in 2010, Dr. Speicher received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology (2004-2010). His doctoral thesis involved the development, testing, and assessment of seismic resisting systems using nickel-titanium shape memory alloys.