Lisa M. Holliday

Central Region Construction Division Manager / Ph.D., P.E. / Oklahoma City


Dr. Holliday received both her B.S. and her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in structures during her undergraduate studies and further specializing in earthquake engineering during her doctoral work.  She began her professional career in the design of pre-engineered metal buildings and later worked in design of all types of building construction including, but not limited to, structural steel, cast-in-place concrete, pre-cast concrete, concrete tilt-up, concrete masonry unit (CMU) block, and even experimented in earthen building construction techniques such as adobe and compressed earth blocks.

Dr. Holliday is a FEMA Certified Structural Specialist I, trained to work on a post-disaster urban search and rescue team and served as a member of Oklahoma Task Force One.  She has been a member of several pre- and post-disaster survey teams, working in that capacity in both the US and internationally.  She was a member of the National Science Foundation team that surveyed the damage created by the May 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.  After this work, she and another professor helped the City of Moore update its residential building code to ensure new homes would withstand an EF2 tornado.

Dr. Holliday gained tenure at the University of Oklahoma in the Division of Construction Science within the College of Architecture.  She taught structures to engineering and architecture students which included the design of temporary structures, construction testing, and quality control as well as other typical construction and architecture stopics used in the construction and design process.

Representative Engagements

  • Earthquake Damage Assessment
  • Storm Damage Assessment
  • Structural Inspections of Building Structures
  • Structural Building Repair
  • Structural Design
  • Water & Moisture Intrusion
  • Roof Membrane Damage
  • Foundation Movement Analysis

Education and Registrations

  • Ph.D. – Civil Engineering – University of Oklahoma
  • Dissertation: “Seismic Vulnerability of Residential Structures in Nicaragua”
  • B.S. - Civil Engineering – University of Oklahoma
  • Registered Professional Engineer – Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas