Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2021
  • M.S., Structural Engineering, Stanford University, 2018
  • B.A., Architectural Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 2016
  • B.A., Liberal Arts (Plan II), University of Texas, Austin, 2016
Professional Honors
  • Shah Fellowship on Catastrophic Risk in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shah Family Fund at Stanford University, 2020
  • Graduate Voice and Influence Fellowship, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, 2018
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2019
  • Happold Student Scholarship, Happold Foundation, 2016
  • Lillian C. Ho Endowed Presidential Scholarship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
  • Virginia & Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Scholarship in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011-2014
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • Member, Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)

Dr. Bhattacharjee specializes in developing probabilistic risk assessment methods and mitigation approaches for complex regional infrastructure networks subject to uncertain hazards. She has worked on seismic, wind, environmental contamination, lightning, avian, and multi-hazard analyses for roads, electric utilities, and underground pipelines. 

Dr. Bhattacharjee's expertise includes disaster risk management, uncertainty quantification, statistical analysis, machine learning, and qualitative research methods. She has also worked on projects assessing the cause of damage or collapse of structures following flooding, corrosion and deterioration, and impact.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Bhattacharjee was a research assistant at Stanford University, where she developed network performance-based methods for assessing and mitigating the seismic risk of regional road networks. Her work in that area included using global sensitivity analysis to prioritize bridge retrofits and developing surrogate models to reduce the computational burden of traffic simulation in the context of probabilistic risk assessment. She also contributed to refinements in the metrics with which post-earthquake road network disruptions are characterized. While at Stanford, Dr. Bhattacharjee also led a research project that aimed to inform the design of post-earthquake building damage information products by studying how earthquake responders make use of such information following a damaging earthquake.

Dr. Bhattacharjee's ongoing research efforts include developing refinements to post-earthquake traffic demand modeling that incorporate the effects of business interruptions caused by building damage and developing models that quantify the risk posed by atmospheric pollution to components of electric power networks.