Dr. Fischer’s teaching interests include structural design (reinforced concrete and structural steel), seismic design of steel-frame structures, structural fire engineering, and related areas. Research and Interests: Dr. Fischer’s research interests revolve around innovative approaches to improve the resilience and robustness of structural systems affected by natural and man-made hazards. This includes performance-based design approaches of structural systems to decrease the environmental impact of the built environment on the natural environment. Dr. Fischer’s focus is on steel and composite systems and connections. These research interests are implemented through both large-scale experimental testing and numerical modeling approaches. Dr. Fischer is a member of a number of committees including the ASCE/SEI Fire Protection Committee and ASCE/SEI Sustainability Committee. She has been a member of a number of post-earthquake reconnaissance team missions including Haiti (2010), Napa (2014), and Italy (2016).
Preparing for nature’s worst, S11E8
What is Oregon doing to prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, and wildfire? Researchers at Oregon State University are working with the state Legislature to help them make…
What’s in the water after a wildfire? S11E4
Wildfires that devastate mountain communities have the potential to foul the water distribution system running underneath residential structures. But knowing which water…