Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2021
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ben Gurion University, 2016
  • B.S., Structural Engineering, Ben Gurion University, 2014
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer, California, #94832
Additional Education & Training
  • NHERI RAPID Intensive Equipment Training Workshop, 2021
  • Learning from Earthquakes Study Program in New Zealand, 2019
  • ATC- 20 Post-Earthquake Safety Assessment of Buildings Training
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Provisions Update Committee (PUC) for the 2026 NEHRP (Corresponding Member)
  • Journal of Structural Engineering and Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Reviewer)

Dr. Tal Feinstein specializes in earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, and structural analysis. She has experience in a variety of structural laboratory testing methods, including quasi-static cyclic testing and large-scale shaking table testing. 

Dr. Feinstein's interests include structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, assessment of structural response under extreme hazards, and functional recovery of the built environment following extreme events.

Dr. Feinstein received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, where she developed nonlinear analysis methods to evaluate flexible-rocking structures under seismic loading. Her doctoral research focused on seismic design of anchored floor-mounted nonstructural components, including shaking table tests at the PEER shaking table in Richmond, CA and at the NARlabs shaking table in Tainan, Taiwan. Her M.S. thesis from Ben Gurion University involved assessment of pipe-soil interaction based on large deformation analysis. She has also worked as a structural design engineer on steel bridges and concrete structures at Rokach & Ashkenazi Consulting Engineers, LTD.

Dr. Feinstein is actively involved in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and participated in the 2019 Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program in New Zealand.