Terri Norton is the Associate Dean of Students and Strategic Initiatives and an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University, College of Engineering. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Engineering Success Alliance. Norton joined the Bucknell faculty in July of 2018. Prior to her appointment at Bucknell, she enjoyed a distinguished 10-year tenure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Before joining UNL Norton was a Member of the Technical Staff within the Structural Dynamics Department at The Aerospace Corporation. She earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Florida A&M University and a B.S. in civil engineering from Florida State University.
Norton's research interests involve evaluating the effects of hazards on civil structures and disaster reconstruction. She served as a Fulbright Research Scholar in Japan for her research on debris management and reconstruction following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. She has been an invited lecturer and visiting scholar at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Italy, the University of Tokyo and Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in Japan. Norton currently serves as the principal investigator (PI) for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel grant to expose underrepresented students to the international research she conducted in Japan and a Co-PI on a NSF INCLUDES SURGE in Disasters grant to train and mentor minority graduate researchers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, with a disaster focus. Norton has also served as the PI on grants funded by the US Geological Survey (USGS), Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) and Department of Energy (DOE). Moreover, she has been a presenter of structural dynamics and vulnerability in both the national and international arenas.
Norton is the chair of the Student Activities Committee for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and is a member of the Disaster Response and Recovery Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Resilience Division. She is past chair of the Programs Committee for the William Averette Anderson Fund. In addition, Norton is a past fellow of the NSF Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers program.