Protecting schools and their associated high-occupancy buildings from the most violent tornadoes is the goal of the first approved building code changes based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) technical investigation into the impacts of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. Continue »
Marc L. Levitan
Dr. Marc L. Levitan is the acting director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) and leads NWIRP research and development in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He served as the lead investigator for NIST’s technical investigation of the May 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado, and he is currently leading the effort to implement the 16 recommendations documented in the investigation’s final report. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Levitan was the Charles P. Siess, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the founding director of the LSU Hurricane Center.