Dr. Judith Mitrani-Reiser is the Director of the Disaster and Failure Studies Program of the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), 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. 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.