Natural Hazards Summit Part I Agenda

Part II of the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit will take place on May 16, 2022 at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center. See the agenda below to learn more about the sessions and speakers.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Casual attire

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Open House at the National Wind Institute’s Reese Technology Center

A complimentary shuttle will depart the Overton Hotel at 5:00 p.m. and return at 6:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Networking Reception at The Overton Hotel & Conference Center

Part II: Presented by Texas Tech University

International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, 601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79409

Monday, May 16, 2022, 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

(Agenda subject to change)

Business casual attire

Transportation to and from The Overton Hotel to the International Cultural Center will be provided


7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Theme 1: Prediction and Warning for Tornadoes

9:00 a.m.–9:35 a.m.
Plenary Speaker: Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Ph.D., Regents’ Professor of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

9:35 a.m.–10:25 a.m.
Panel: Climate Change, Drought and Economics of Warning
Moderator: Kishor Mehta Ph.D. (NAE), P. W. Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University


  • Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and Political Science Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law, Texas Tech University
  • Ken Rainwater, Ph.D., Professor, Texas Tech University
  • Kevin Simmons, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Economics, Austin College

10:25 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Theme 2: Emergency Response and Recovery

11:00 a.m.–11:35 a.m.
Plenary Speaker: Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Ph.D., Linbeck Chair and Associate Professor, College of Engineering & Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

11:35 a.m.–12:25 p.m.
Panel: National Policies of Emergency Response: Trauma, Health Facilities and Case Study
Moderator: Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., Professor, University of Houston

  • Moises Dugan, Region 6 Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Andrea M. Jackman, Ph.D., Senior Consultant in Data & Risk Sciences, ABS Group, Inc.
  • Karin Price, Ph.D., Chief of Psychology, Texas Children’s Hospital

12:25 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Remarks
David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE), TAMEST Board President

Theme 3: Long-term Consideration: Risk and Mitigation

1:30 p.m.–2:05 p.m.
Plenary Speaker: Jamie Brown Kruse, Ph.D., Professor, East Carolina University

2:05 p.m.–2:55 p.m.
Panel: Improving Resiliency of Infrastructure to Prevent Fatalities and Mitigate Damages
Moderator: Chandra Franklin Womack, P.E., Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Aran & Franklin Engineering, Inc.

  • Ian Giammanco, Ph.D., Lead Research Meteorologist & Sr. Director for Standards and Data Analytics, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • Chris Letchford, D.Phil., Professor and Chair, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Marc Levitan, Ph.D., Lead Research Engineer, National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology

2:55 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

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