Associate Professor, UNR. Dr. Ryan is an associate professor the CEE Department, specializing in the earthquake and structural engineering sub-discipline. The overarching theme of her research is development of engineering concepts and techniques for improved seismic performance, with primary applications in buildings. Much of her work has focused on seismic isolation, and she has been awarded three major National Science Foundation projects focused in this area. She led an international collaborative test program between the U.S. and Japan that conducted shake table testing of a full scale building with and without seismic isolation. This led to groundbreaking discoveries on the effect of vertical shaking, and horizontal-vertical coupling responses in buildings. Recently, Dr. Ryan has diversified her research portfolio, and has recent or ongoing projects in the areas of nonstructural components, and lower damage structural systems for timber and concrete.