TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit

The TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit: Responding to and Mitigating the Impacts will highlight the influence of natural hazards on the economy and well-being of communities of Texas. The 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, unprecedented weather events, and global pandemics including response, recovery, and mitigation of the impacts.

The summit will consist of two parts, one day each:

  • Part I will take place on October 19, 2021, in Houston, Texas. The session, presented by the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute (HuRRI) at the University of Houston, will take place at the Hilton University of Houston (4450 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204).
  • Part II will take place on May 16, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. The session, presented by the National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University, will take place at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center (601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409).

More information on speakers and registration will be available soon.


Program Committee

Summit Co-Chairs:

Hanadi Rifai

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

John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Houston
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[Natural hazards] are costly in terms of human lives and quality of life and health, and we need to come up with a better paradigm for how we address them.

Kishor Mehta

Kishor Mehta, Ph.D., P.E. (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.

Program Committee Members:

  • Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM), Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
  • Danny Reible, Ph.D., P.E. (NAE), Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • Josh Roberts, Assistant Chief for Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Region 1
  • Chandra Womack, P.E., Texas Windstorm Insurance Association; Aran & Franklin


TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) 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 330 members, 11 Nobel Laureates and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences) and other honorific organizations. 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 250 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or recruited to Texas.


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