TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit

About the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit

The TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit will convene government officials, research leaders and insurance industry representatives to take a hard look at what the state needs to know and do to prepare for future natural disasters including response, recovery and mitigation of the impacts.

Houston: Hurricane, Flood and Wildfire Impacts

The Hurricane Resilience Research Institute (HuRRI) at the University of Houston, launched following Hurricane Harvey, will present Hurricane, Flood and Wildfire Impacts on October 20, 2020, in Houston, Texas. This event will take place at the Hilton University of Houston.

Lubbock: Wind, Tornado and Drought Impacts

The National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University, where research in tornadoes, high winds and hail has been conducted for the past fifty years, is currently being rescheduled for Spring 2021. This event will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center.

TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit—Houston: Hurricane, Flood and Wildfire Impacts—registration, agenda, hotel and travel, and speaker information will be available soon.

Program Committee

Summit Co-Chairs:

Kishor Mehta

Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D. (NAE)

P. W. Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
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The summit is designed to publicize the impacts of natural hazards and to seek solutions and policy changes to reduce suffering of people…People will understand that significant technological advancements in the past few decades have been made.
Hanadi Rifai

Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., P.E.

John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Houston
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It is also a chance to be part of the journey towards resilience and having a chance to bring your thoughts and ideas to the conversation.

Program Committee Members:

  • Danny D. Reible, Ph.D. (NAE), Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • W. Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Chandra Womack, P.E., Texas Windstorm Insurance Association; Aran & Franklin


TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D. and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.

TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 224 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.