Natural Hazards Summit Part I Agenda
Part one of the TAMEST Natural Hazards Summit will take 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:
Chancellor Renu Khator, Ph.D., University of Houston
Amr Elnashai, Ph.D. (FREng), Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer, University of Houston
Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., 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. (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: Mike Coyne, Regional Director National Weather Service, Southern Region

9:45–10:30 a.m.
Panel 1: Preparing for Future Disasters
Panelists:
Chief Tonya L Hoover, United States Fire Administrator (Acting), United States Fire Administration
Olga Wilhelmi, Ph.D., Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Ed Hirs, UH Energy Fellow, University of Houston
David Robert Maidment, Ph.D. (NAE), Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin

Theme 2: Emergency Response and Recovery

Moderator: Chandra Womack, Texas Windstorm Insurance Association/Aran & Franklin

10:30–11:00 a.m.
Plenary Session: Emergency response and recovery
Speaker: Chief W. Nim Kidd, Chief, Texas Division of Emergency Management

11:00–11:45 a.m.
Panel 2: Disparate Impacts of Natural Disasters and Disease
Panelists:
Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Texas Southern University
Peter Hotez, M.D. Ph.D. (NAM), Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Loren Hopkins, Ph.D., Chief Environmental Science Officer, City of Houston

BREAK/LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION

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

Welcome from TAMEST:
Terrence Henry, Executive Director, TAMEST

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 Pennslyvania

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Building Resilience to Mitigate Natural Hazards: Science and Policy
Panelists:
John William Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D., Regents Professor, Texas State Climatologist, Director of the Southern Regional Climate Center, Texas A&M University
Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Nature Conservancy
Louise K. Comfort, Ph.D., Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Theme 4: Engineering and Designing for Resilience

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

2:15–3:45 p.m.
Panel 4: Engineering and Designing for Resilience
Panelists:
Julie Shiyou-Woodard, President and CEO, Smart Home America
Susan Cutter, Ph.D., Director, Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute, South Carolina University
Amy Babay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh

2:55–3:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks, Preview of Part II Lubbock Summit, Adjourn
Hanadi S. Rifai, Ph.D., John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
Kishor Mehta Ph.D. (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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