Jamie E. Padgett
  • Kinder Fellow
  • Stanley C. Moore Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

Jamie E. Padgett is the Stanley C. Moore Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University.

Padgett’s research focuses on risk assessment of structures and infrastructure, and the subsequent quantification of resilience and sustainability in the face of multiple hazards. Her group develops methods to evaluate and mitigate the consequences of such hazards as hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding ranging from the individual structure to the infrastructure system to the community scale. Ongoing and recent projects consider transportation, energy and industrial infrastructure, such as bridges, roadway networks, port systems, storage tanks and petrochemical facilities. She has published over 250 articles in journals or archived conference proceedings in the general area of structural response, reliability, resilience and life-cycle assessment. Dr. Padgett was the founding Chair of the ASCE/SEI technical committee on Multiple Hazard Mitigation. She currently serves on the leadership of ASCE’s Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, and Risk of Structural and Infrastructure Systems. Padgett is an associate editor for several journals including the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Natural Hazards Review, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, and Structure and Infrastructure Engineering.

Dr. Padgett has received several awards and recognitions including Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute (2020), EMI Objective Resilience Distinguished Lecturer (2019), the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize (2017), and the 2017 (T+R)2 Award at Rice University for excellence in research and teaching. She also was awarded the 2011 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and the 2016 IALCCE Junior Award for “contributions to life-cycle analysis of structures”. Among other projects, Dr. Padgett currently serves in leadership roles within several large research centers including the NIST Center of Excellence for Community Disaster Resilience (headquartered at Colorado State University), the NSF NHERI Cyberinfrastructure “DesignSafe-CI” (headquartered at University of Texas, Austin), and the Severe Storm Prediction Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center (headquartered at Rice University).