Dr. Yalda Saadat is a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellow and currently works with the Earthquake Engineering group of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, her research focuses on the resilience and risk assessment of infrastructure networks prior to natural hazards such as earthquake and post-earthquake functional recovery of infrastructure networks and built environment. She also explores network approaches to address the human factors that may affect the functional recovery time following earthquake and other community resilience related complex issues.
Dr. Saadat holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, and her dissertation centers on developing the resilience metric and recovery analysis of infrastructure networks including urban rail transit networks. During her Ph.D. studies she was a Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) fellow at NIST as part of the economic office working on the resilience of supply chains (small- and medium-sized businesses) in response to hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Dr. Saadat also holds two master’s degrees in civil engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a focus on sustainable design and renewable energy harnessing. She has always been fascinated by the nature of multidisciplinary research where knowledge of different science fields interconnects problems in the engineering and social domains.
Dr. Saadat is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), member of Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) and the plenary member of Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD). For more information about her please see her personal website: yaldasaadat.com