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Professor Padgett’s research focuses on the application of probabilistic methods for risk assessment of structures, including the quantification and promotion of infrastructure sustainability.  Her work addresses the protection of structures and infrastructure exposed to multiple hazards, including earthquakes, hurricane surge or corrosion, as well as the use of advanced materials for retrofit and rehabilitation.  Recent applications emphasize transportation or energy infrastructure, such as bridges, oil storage tanks, or nuclear storage casks. Dr. Padgett is Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) technical committee on Multiple Hazard Mitigation, and an active member of several national technical committees, including the Structural Engineering Institute’s Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, and Risk of Structural and Infrastructure Systems, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges.  She currently serves on editorial boards for the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering and Earthquakes and Structures.  Dr. Padgett has received several awards and recognitions including the 2011 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and ASCE’s 2009 New Face of Civil Engineering for her contributions to the field of infrastructure risk assessment and protection.  Her research has been supported by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Transportation Research Board, and Houston Endowment.