Dr. Therese McAllister is a Research Structural Engineer in the Community Resilience Group and Community Resilience Group Leader and Program Manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. McAllister conducts research on community resilience, with a focus on the integrated performance of physical infrastructure systems and social and economic systems. She has expertise in structural reliability, risk assessment, and failure analysis of buildings and infrastructure systems. Her research supports the resilience of the built environment, from design and mitigation to recovery of function, through performance based design and the development of guidelines to inform codes and standards.Dr. McAllister is an ASCE Structural Engineering Institute Fellow and a registered professional engineer in Maryland.
Mr. Christopher Clavin is a Research Environmental Engineer in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His 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 research project aims to incorporate and deploy scientific advances in resilience research for use by communities, private and non-profit sector entities, through the use and creation of planning and decision support tools. More broadly, his research interests lie at the intersection of resilience planning and policy, decision science and support, science and technology policy.
Dr. Ken Harrison is an Operations Research Analyst in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Harrison's research at NIST involves the development of models and decision-support tools for community resilience planning. He leads the “First-Generation Community Resilience Systems Model” project. The project involves development of an optimization-based decision support tool for community resilience planning. His research interests involve the use of mathematical modeling to support decision-making, with an emphasis on methods for decision-making under uncertainty and the development of mathematical programming-backed decision support tools. In addition to his research with the Community Resilience Group, Dr. Harrison is a researcher with NIST’s Hurricane Maria Program.Full Bio
Dr. Patrick Shane Crawford is a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Structural Engineer in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Group and Disaster and Failure Studies Program. Dr. Crawford’s research interests are in advancing field study techniques by synthesizing new technologies in remote sensing, GIS, and machine learning, and using field data to develop methods for measurement and modeling of community impacts, recovery, and resilience to hazards. This research aims to enhance resilience by informing decisions regarding building codes and standards as well as impact engineering practice.
Dr. Maria Dillard is a Research Social Scientist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Group and serves as Acting Director of NIST’s Disaster and Failure Studies Program. Her research is focused on community response to hazards and chronic stressors, the development of methods for measurement and modeling community resilience, recovery, well-being, and vulnerability, and the social dimensions of disaster. Dr. Dillard serves as Associate Team Lead for the NIST Hurricane Maria Program and Associate Lead Technical Investigator of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) investigating the impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. She is also an Associate Project Lead for the Community Resilience Program’s research on the measurement of community resilience.
Dr. Jennifer Helgeson is a Research Economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She currently leads the office's work on the "Economics of Community Resilience Planning." Her research interests are focused around survey assessments and economic analyses that consider behavioral aspects and approaches to dealing with environmental issues. Dr. Helgeson’s research revolves around resilience to hazards (shocks and stressors) in the built environment, with consideration for cost-effectiveness of community- scale mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Dr. Juan Fung is a Research Economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Fung’s research interests lie in the topics of in community resilience, with an emphasis on research into costs of improving building performance for seismic events and quantifying community-scale benefits from improving resilience.
Dr. David Butry is an Economist and the chief of the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Butry’s research on topics related to community resilience involve developing standard methodologies for community resilience economic analysis and decisions and leading research on topics of wildland fire, multi-hazard analysis, and community-scale disaster resilience. His research background and interests are in the areas of applied microeconomics and econometrics, with specialization in the fields of natural resource economics, environmental economics, and spatial statistics.
Mr. Jarrod Loerzel is a Research Social Scientist in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also works closely with the Recovery of Critical Social Functions project that is part of the Hurricane Maria Program as well as the NIST-sponsored Center of Excellence. His current research efforts are focused on the measurement and assessment of resilience at the community scale. This research involves examining the metrics used by a variety of community resilience assessment frameworks and investigating them for methodological and theoretical consistency. Another avenue of Mr. Loerzel's research includes the development of models to understand the relationships between physical infrastructure and social dynamics. This work employs survey research, population dislocation, and demographic study.
Dr. Tingting Zhao is a PREP Fellow and Research Scientist in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) focusing on critical infrastructure resilience, including transportation, water distribution, and power systems. Her research interests include infrastructure system modeling and simulation, interdependent critical infrastructure resilience, transportation system design and operational optimization, leveraging mathematical programming, simulation-based optimization, and machine learning technologies. Dr. Zhao conducts research in the Hurricane Maria Program, a National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) project, characterizing the performance of critical infrastructure and investigating countermeasures to enhance community resilience through preparedness and restoration.
Dr. Zeinab Farahmandfar is a Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) research scientist in the Community Resilience group and NIST Hurricane Maria Research Investigation team in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Farahmandfar’s research interests encompass the areas of multi-hazard resilience of underground infrastructure and optimal planning and operation of integrated infrastructure systems. Her research supports the “First-Generation Community Resilience Systems Model” project, specifically focused on water supply systems and the development and validation of strategies for making underground infrastructures more resilient.
Dr. Emily Walpole is a research social scientist in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Walpole’s research interests focus primarily on individual's risk perceptions and protection motivation to natural hazards such as flooding and wildfires, as well as planning and decision-making related to climate adaptation, sustainability, and natural resource management. She is also involved with the Hurricane Maria Program, where her research is part of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) investigation focused on the role of emergency communications and other factors in response for those under imminent threat from Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.
Dr. Alfredo Roa-Henriquez is a Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Economist in the Applied Economics Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Roa-Henriquez’s research interests are focused on the economic analysis of resilience by considering post-disaster actions that lead businesses and government to minimize the negative impacts associated with natural hazards and to hasten recovery thereafter. In addition to his work with the Community Resilience Group, he is part of the Hurricane Maria Program where he is a researcher on the Recovery of Business and Supply Chains’ project.
Dr. Michael Gerst is a Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) Faculty Fellow in the Community Resilience Group and a Research Assistant Professor in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Gerst’s work with the Community Resilience Group is focused on developing science-based tools and metrics to support and measure resilience at the community-scale. Dr. Gerst’s research with NIST and research interests are on the topics of socio-environmental synthesis and designing or testing decision-support tools. This body of research aims to address broader environmental problems that cannot be answered solely with natural or social science insights, such as cost-benefit analysis of climate mitigation and adaptation options or understanding human-technology interactions.
Samantha Wong is a Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) Research Assistant in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She is a senior at Binghamton University pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in GIS. As an undergraduate at Binghamton, she has conducted research using remote sensing, UAVs, and GIS. Her work at NIST includes analyzing resilience, sustainability, and climate adaptation guidance documents to aid communities in their planning.
Avery D’Abreau is a Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Community Resilience Group. Avery is a current undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, (UMD) pursuing a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since joining NIST in 2018, Avery has supported various multi-disciplinary research projects, including conducting research on the intersection of resilience, adaptation, and sustainability planning. Upon completion of his B.S., Avery plans on attending graduate school, with the eventual goal of attaining his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Avery’s research interests include all aspects of sustainability and resilience enhancing, within both the built and natural environment, with particular emphasis on bioremediation and bioretention.
Gwynaeth Broome is the Administrative Office Assistant for the Community Resilience and Disaster Failure Studies Groups. Gwynaeth provides daily administrative support to both groups. Prior to working for the Community Resilience Group and Disaster Failure Studies Group, she worked for the Inorganic Materials Group for four years. Before joining NIST, she managed commercial real estate properties for approximately 12 years.