Erica Kuligowski, Ph.D.

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Erica Kuligowski, PhD, is a research social scientist in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with 16 years of experience studying human behavior in disasters. She has received Department of Commerce Gold and Bronze Medals for her social science contributions to the federal investigations of the 2001 World Trade Center disaster, the 2003 Rhode Island Nightclub Fire, and the 2011 Joplin, MO tornado. Dr. Kuligowski has expertise in decision-making and response behavior under imminent threat, emergency communications, and evacuation modeling.