Terri Norton

Term: 2020-2023


Terri Norton, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Students and Strategic Initiatives and associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University. She also serves as the executive director of the Engineering Success Alliance. Terri’s technical expertise is in the area of structural dynamics and structural vulnerability. Prior to Bucknell, Terri was faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked at the Aerospace Corporation.

Terri has been a member of several post-disaster reconnaissance team missions including Molise Earthquake (2003), Hurricane Charley (2004), Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011), Hurricane Harvey (2017), and Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017). She also served as a Co-PI on an NSF grant to train and mentor minority graduate researchers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields with a disaster focus.

Terri has been an active member of EERI since joining in 2003. As a graduate student and member of the MCEER Student Leadership Council, she helped establish the first seismic design competition, now known as the EERI undergraduate seismic design competition. She also served as the graduate adviser for the FAMU-FSU seismic design team. As a professional member, Terri has served as the Student Activities Committee Chair, Student Leadership Council mentor, a Learning from Earthquakes program participant, and founding faculty advisor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln EERI student chapter.

Terri served on the boards of the American Society of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Resilience Division, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. She is a founding leader of the William “Bill” Averette Anderson Fund (BAF) and past chair of the BAF Programs Committee.


EERI is a global leader in the investigation of earthquakes and the dissemination of risk reduction and reconnaissance information. I have remained actively engaged with EERI because I am committed to its core mission and support its goal of connecting people across disciplines to reduce risk and the potential losses caused by earthquakes. Additionally, I have been a benefactor of the outstanding programming, training, knowledge exchange, and networking provided through the EERI committees and annual meeting, therefore, it is my duty to pay it forward.

My vision for EERI is that we continue to shape the future of hazard mitigation by bridging fields of expertise to build global solidarity beyond geographical differences to positively impact the world. To do so we must continue to inform and train the next generation of earthquake engineering researchers, professionals, and disaster scientists; who will create innovative advancements for earthquake risk reduction.

I believe that my contributions to the area of disaster recovery and hazard mitigation education and the community reflect my dedication to ensuring that all people are represented and respected. I strive to promote opportunities for younger professional members and students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. I have a personal passion for mentoring, thus I will use my platform through EERI to help build the pipeline of innovators in the fields of earthquake engineering and disaster recovery.