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Dr. Therese P. McAllister is a Research Structural Engineer of at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. McAllister conducts research on structural response to fire conditions and the resilience of building and infrastructure systems to disaster events. Dr. McAllister was appointed to the NIST National Construction Safety Team in 2002 for the World Trade Center (WTC) Investigation. She was Co-Leader of the Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of WTC 1, WTC 2, and WTC 7. Dr. McAllister received the U.S. DOC Gold Medal Award (2005) for her contribution toward conducting the four-year $16 million federal building and fire investigation of the WTC disaster. Dr. McAllister received the USACE Commander’s Award for Public Service as part of the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force (IPET) on Hurricane Katrina (2008) for work on risk-assessment of the levy systems. She serves on the ASCE 7 standard committee and the Technical Committees for Fire Protection and Council on Life-Cycle Performance, as well as a task group for the National Research Council’s Strategic Highway Research Program. She received a B.S. Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, M.S.C.E. from Oregon State University, and M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. in structural engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2013