Lisa M. Holliday

Construction Practice Leader / Ph.D., P.E. / Oklahoma City


Dr. Holliday received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering specializing in structures during her BS and further specializing in earthquake engineering during her Ph.D. She is registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and North Carolina.

She started her 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. She has served as a member of Oklahoma Task Force One and has been a member of several pre- and post-disaster U.S. and international survey teams. She was a member of the National Science Foundation survey team that surveyed the damage created by the May 2013 tornado in Moore, OK. After this work, she and another professor helped the City of Moore update its residential building code to ensure homes would withstand an EF2 tornado.

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

Education and Certifications

  • Civil Engineering, B.S.: University of Oklahoma
  • Civil Engineering, Ph.D.: University of Oklahoma
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas
  • FEMA Certified Structural Specialist I