Lizzie Blaisdell Collins is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the creation of building standards in the developing world where they never existed before. As an expert in earthquake-resistant engineering honed over 15 years of experience designing housing for high-seismic regions, Lizzie oversees the quality of Build Change’s technical and project solutions around the globe. After beginning her career with Degenkolb, Lizzie joined Build Change’s Haiti team as Lead Structural Engineer, supporting the recovery from the 2010 earthquake. Lizzie later moved into a global oversight role, mentoring, directing and supervising Build Change’s Lead Country Engineers. She applies her expertise to create new or adapt existing technical resources, develop and implement systems for construction supervision, and advocate for disaster-resilient housing with stakeholders globally. Lizzie earned an M.S. in Structural Engineering Mechanics and Materials from UC-Berkeley following her completion of a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Civil Engineering with a Structural Focus at Princeton University. In 2016, Lizzie was awarded the prestigious Shah Family Innovation Prize through the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute for her work with Build Change.  She also received an Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of California in 2013 in recognition of her work in Haiti.