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NIBS Vice President of Engineering Jiqiu Yuan Appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

Dr. Yuan’s three-year term begins December 1

(WASHINGTON, DC, October 27, 2022) – The National Institute of Building Sciences‘ Vice President of Engineering Dr. Jiqiu (JQ) Yuan, P.E., PMP, has been appointed by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell to serve on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC). Dr. Yuan’s three-year term begins December 1, 2022.

According to FEMA, NAC was established in 2007. The council advises the FEMA Administrator on emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards.

“Dr. Yuan has played fundamental roles in leading many NIBS cornerstone programs, including development of the NEHRP Provisions and Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves study,” said AC Powell, JD, CPS, President and CEO of NIBS. “His appointment to the FEMA National Advisory Council speaks to his strengths, as Dr. Yuan specializes in making infrastructure and communities resilient against natural disasters.”

Dr. Yuan recently was promoted to Vice President of Engineering with NIBS, after serving many years as the Executive Director of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Building Seismic Safety councils. Dr. Yuan is a professional engineer with more than 15 years of research and development experience, and he is actively involved in the development of guidelines, codes, standards, polices, and applied research programs in a variety of building science fields. 

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves Study

The comprehensive benefit-cost study, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves, shows many pre-disaster mitigation activities save much more than they cost.

For example, hazard mitigation grants made by FEMA, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development save $6 for every $1 spent. Furthermore, adopting the latest in building code requirements saves $11 per $1 invested, and the benefits of building retrofits translate into a $4 savings for every $1 investment.

About the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Provisions

The Building Seismic Safety Council deals with the complex technical, regulatory, social and economic issues involved in developing and promulgating building earthquake risk mitigation provisions. The NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions developed by the BSSC have served as the starting point for U.S. seismic codes and standards development for the past 40 years.

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

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