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NCST Advisory Committee Members

NCSTAC Members

Paul A. Croce
Retired, Formerly Vice President and Manager of Research
FM Global, Norwood, MA
Term Expires: October 12, 2017

Dr. Croce has nearly 40 years of experience in the development and application of technological solutions for assessing, mitigating, and managing risks to safety and property posed by fire and other hazards. Since retiring from FM Global in 2005, he has remained active in academic advisory boards and technical panels, including two NIST blue-ribbon panels on safety and management. At FM Global, he directed an international program of scientific research into the causes and mitigation of property damage and loss. Earlier, Dr. Croce worked for Arthur D. Little, Inc., and the Factory Mutual Research Corporation (one of the corporate predecessors of FM Global). Dr. Croce has served on a number of professional and ad hoc committees for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other agencies and organizations, and has authored many technical papers and reports. He has degrees in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Rhode Island. 

James R. Harris

JR Harris and Company Denver, CO
Term Expires: July 31st, 2017

Dr. James R. Harris is well versed in structural engineering practice and research. His work experience includes a consulting practice in Denver since 1968 and continued with the establishment of J.R. Harris & Company in 1984. From 1975-1981 he was a research structural engineer at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, MD. He has designed or evaluated thousands of structures ranging from dwellings to high-rise buildings, industrial facilities, and supervised renovations of numerous historic buildings. His research has focused on the loading and response of structures, particularly earthquake and snow loads, and on improving the formulation and use of engineering standards. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an active member of several committees that produce national standards for structural engineering practice. Dr. Harris is a former chair of the committee that produces the standard ASCE/SEI 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and its subcommittee for seismic design. He has also served on the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Board of Governors and is a Past President of the SEI Board. NIST staff recommended Dr. Harris for NCSTAC membership because of his expertise and leading role in structural engineering. His unique experience and background, from a structural engineering perspective, shows that he has an established record of distinguished service in his professional community and deep knowledge of issues that are directly relevant to NCST investigations.

Jeremy Isenberg (NCST Advisory Committee Chairperson)
Senior Principal Structural Engineer
AECOM (Retired), Oakland, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2017

Dr. Isenberg has more than 40 years of experience in structural engineering as a practitioner, researcher, innovator, executive, author, and leader. He is widely recognized in the field for his technical contributions in a number of areas, including nonlinear structure-medium interaction and structural response under earthquake and blast loading; seismic performance of structures and pipelines; concrete modeling for dynamic, finite-element analysis of complex structures; and  software for modeling ultrasound inspection of metallic structures. At AECOM, Dr. Isenberg focused his work on computational modeling of structural response to extreme loads and on complex structures containing sensitive instruments exposed to vibrations. Previously, Dr. Isenberg served for 12 years as president and chief executive officer of Weidlinger Associates, a national civil and structural engineering and software development firm. He has been active for many years in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. He helped to establish the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and served as president of SEI's board of governors from 2003 to 2005. The author of more than 60 publications, Dr. Isenberg has been recognized for his work in protective construction and lifeline earthquake engineering.  Honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering and to Honorary Membership in ASCE. He is also the 2009 recipient of the ASCE OPAL award for design.  Dr. Isenberg has degrees in civil and structural engineering from Stanford University and from the University of Cambridge in England, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Anne S. Kiremidjian
Professor of Civil Engineering
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2016

Dr. Kiremidjian has been a civil engineering professor at Stanford University since 1978. She has expertise in assessing the risk that earthquakes and other potential natural disasters pose for single buildings, regional building stocks, and lifeline systems; in developing decision-support systems and using geographic information systems for disaster management; and in developing wireless sensor networks, damage-detection algorithms, and decision-support systems for monitoring, detecting, assessing, and responding to structural damage. Dr. Kiremidjian formerly directed Stanford's John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. She has served on numerous boards and committees for the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Science Foundation, the California Seismic Safety Commission, earthquake engineering research centers, and other organizations. She has authored several hundred articles, reports, and papers, spoken frequently at meetings and conferences, and provided consulting services for engineering, utility, oil production, and insurance companies. Dr. Kiremidjian has degrees in structural engineering from Stanford, and degrees in civil engineering and physics from Columbia University and the City University of New York, respectively. 

James R. Quiter
Registered Professional Engineer and Principal
Arup, San Francisco, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2017

Mr. Quiter has more than 30 years of experience in fire protection engineering and is a widely recognized leader in the development of performance-based building codes. He chairs the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Building Code Correlating Committee and High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee, and formerly chaired the association's Safety to Life Committee. He has also been a major contributor to the International Code Council's performance-based codes. Mr. Quiter received the NFPA's Standards Medal in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the association's codes and standards development process and his dedication to fire safety worldwide. He is the Managing Director of Arup's San Francisco office and Consulting Practice leader for Arup's Americas region. Prior to joining Arup in 2001, Mr. Quiter held positions at Rolf Jensen and Associates and the Insurance Services Office (ISO). Mr. Quiter is a fellow and past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and has a degree in fire protection engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Sarah A. Rice
Project Manager
The Preview Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Term Expires: October 12, 2016

Ms. Rice's nearly three decades of engineering experience has emphasized the development, communication, and application of building codes and standards. During 15 years with the International Code Council (ICC) and Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), Ms. Rice managed the development of technical content for ICC and BOCA codes and commentaries and produced and delivered professional-development seminars on the codes. For more than a decade since, she has maintained and applied her knowledge of codes and standards, providing code-related architectural and engineering consulting services and serving on numerous code-development committees for the ICC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). A certified building official, Ms. Rice has a degree in civil (structural) engineering from the University of Illinois.