Natural Hazards Summit Part I Agenda
Part one of the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit took place virtually on October 19, 2021, via Zoom. See the agenda below to learn more about the sessions and speakers.

Part I: Virtual Summit Presented by University of Houston

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 9:00–11:45 a.m. & 1:00–3:00 p.m.

(subject to change)

MORNING SESSION

9:00–9:15 a.m.
Welcome from TAMEST:
Terrence Henry, Executive Director, TAMEST

Opening Remarks:
David E. Daniel, Ph.D. (NAE), Board President, TAMEST
Amr S. Elnashai, Ph.D. (FREng), Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer, University of Houston/University of Houston System
Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., P.E., John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston

Theme 1: Prediction, Warning, and Response to Alerts and Warnings

Moderator: Kishor Mehta Ph.D., P.E. (NAE), P. W. Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University

9:15–9:45 a.m.
Plenary: Advances in Hurricane and Weather Forecasting
Speaker: Michael Coyne, Regional Director, National Weather Service, Southern Region

9:45–10:35 a.m.
Panel 1: Preparing for Future Disasters
Panelists:
Ed Hirs, UH Energy Fellow, University of Houston
Chief Tonya L. Hoover, United States Fire Administrator (Acting), United States Fire Administration
David Robert Maidment, Ph.D. (NAE), Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
Olga Wilhelmi, Ph.D., Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Theme 2: Emergency Response and Recovery

Moderator: Terrence Henry, Executive Director, TAMEST

10:35–11:05 a.m.
Plenary Session: Emergency Recovery and Mitigation
Speaker: Suzannah Jones, Deputy Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management

11:05–11:45 a.m.
Panel 2: Disparate Impacts of Natural Disasters and Disease
Panelists:
Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Texas Southern University
Loren Hopkins, Ph.D., Chief Environmental Science Officer, City of Houston
Peter Hotez, M.D. Ph.D. (NAM), Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lunch/Break

AFTERNOON SESSION

Theme 3: Long-term Outlook, Risk and Mitigation for Climate Change

Moderator: Danny Reible Ph.D. (NAE), Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University

1:00–1:30 p.m.
Plenary: Risk and Policies for Mitigation
Speaker: Howard Kunreuther, Ph.D., Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

1:30–2:10 p.m.
Panel 3: Building Resilience to Mitigate Natural Hazards: Science and Policy
Panelists:
Louise K. Comfort, Ph.D., Professor, Former Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh
Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Nature Conservancy
John William Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D., Regents Professor, Texas State Climatologist, Director of the Southern Regional Climate Center, Texas A&M University

Theme 4: Engineering and Designing for Resilience

Moderator: Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., P.E., John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston

2:10–2:50 p.m.
Panel 4: Engineering and Designing for Resilience
Panelists:
Amy Babay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh
Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO, Smart Home America

2:50–3:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks and Preview of Part II of Summit
Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., P.E., John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
Kishor Mehta Ph.D., P.E. (NAE), P. W. Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University

The agenda for Part II of the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit will be available soon. Part II will take place on May 16, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas.
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