Dr. Marc L. Levitan is the Acting Director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) and leads NWIRP R&D in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He served as the Lead Investigator for NIST studies of EF-5 tornadoes that devastated Joplin and Moore. He has subsequently been leading implementation of changes to building codes, standards, and guidelines in response to recommendations from these studies, bringing about a paradigm shift in how tornadoes are considered in design of conventional buildings. He also led development of the new US design wind speed maps in the ASCE 7-16 standard and the 2018 International Building Code.
Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Levitan was the Charles P. Siess, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU). He Was the founding Director of the LSU Hurricane Center, and co-founded the LSU Wind Tunnel Lab. Earlier in his career, Dr. Levitan served as the Managing Director of the Wind Engineering Research Field Laboratory at Texas Tech University, where he led design and construction of the full scale wind test facility and a number of research projects.
Dr. Levitan has also provided national leadership through service as President of the American Association for Wind Engineering, Vice President of the Applied Technology Council, and Chair of many national technical and policy committees, conferences, and workshops.
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