TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit

The two-part TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit originally scheduled to take place in 2020 at Texas Tech University and the University of Houston has been postponed due to COVID-19. The Summit is now planned for October 2021 in Houston and May 2022 in Lubbock.

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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.


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