Zerva Appointed to National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee

Aspasia Zerva

Aspasia Zerva, PhD, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering (CAEE), has been appointed to the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee (NCSTAC) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Established by the National Construction Safety Team Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, the NCSTAC advises the NIST on the procedures used to investigate major building failures and reviews the reports such investigations. The committee has aided in the investigations on the collapse of the World Trade Center as well as buildings affected by tornadoes and hurricanes and has advised the NIST on its disaster readiness protocols.

Members of the NCSTAC are appointed for a term of three years and are selected on the basis of established records of distinguished service in their professional community and their nationally-recognized knowledge of on issues affecting the National Construction Safety Teams. Committee members can be come from industry jobs, universities, state and local government bodies, and non-profit or federal research institutions. The Committee, which reports directly to Congress, is currently comprised of nine members.

Zerva’s research focuses on earthquake engineering, a field that seeks to understand the effects of earthquakes on the response of structures in order to design safer buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. In addition to her position in CAEE, Zerva is an affiliated professor of electrical and computer engineering at Drexel. She previously held appointments at Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and the Aristoteleion University in Thessaloniki, Greece. She also served as Program Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Centers in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, Directorate for Engineering, at the National Science Foundation (NSF).