Speakers

Dr. Bilal Ayyub, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE

Title: Disaster Resilience of Infrastructure Systems: Measurement Science and Economics

Dr. Ayyub is a University of Maryland Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Reliability Engineering, and Professor of Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation. He is also a chair professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Ayyub’s main research interests are risk, resilience, uncertainty, decisions, and systems applied to civil, mechanical, infrastructure, energy, defense and maritime fields. Dr. Ayyub is a distinguished member of ASCE and a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, ASME, and SNAME. Dr. Ayyub completed projects for governmental and private entities, such as NSF, ONR, AFOSR, USACE, DHS, NRC, ASME, Hartford, Chevron, Bechtel, etc. Dr. Ayyub is the recipient of several awards from ASCE, ASNE, ASME, NAFIPS, the Department of the Army, and the Governor of the State of Maryland. He has authored and co-authored more than 600 publications including 8 textbooks and 14 edited books. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. Presently he is the chair of the Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) and the Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate (CACC) of ASCE.

 

Dr. Susan Spierre Clark, PhD

Title: A Human-Centered Approach to the Prioritization of Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Dr. Clark’s research focuses on decision-making for improving the sustainability and resilience of critical infrastructure systems to climate change. Her research emphasizes the social processes that are required for designing, operating, and managing resilient infrastructure systems which allow for disaster aversion through adaptive responses. She also has experience teaching and developing new curriculum and tools for resilience and sustainability education.

 

Mr. John Fleck

Title: Las Vegas, Nevada – Resilient, or a Train Wreck Waiting?

John Fleck is Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance in the University of New Mexico’s Department of Economics and director of the University’s Water Resources Program. He specializes in water governance in the Colorado River Basin, and is the author of Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Myths about Water in the West, published in 2016 by Island Press.

 

Ms. Cate Fox-Lent

Title: Current Practices in Resilience Assessment

Cate Fox-Lent is a research engineer with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Her work centers on using decision analytic and geospatial method to inform adaptive ecosystem management, coastal resilience, installation management, and humanitarian assistance.

 

Ms. Sarah Gambill

Title: Infrastructure Security and Resilience: DHS Initiatives to Bridge Sectors and Scales

Sarah Gambill is a geographer and Chief of Infrastructure Development and Recovery in the Office of Infrastructure Protection. IP established the Infrastructure Development and Recovery Program (IDR) to work across IP units and the existing infrastructure partnership to promote cross-sector, multi-threat/multi-hazard resilience solutions.

 

Ms. Lauren Victoria Jaramillo

Title: Designing and Building Resilient Communities: An Implementation in Nepal

Lauren Jaramillo is a graduate researcher and Ph.D. Engineering Student at the University of New Mexico in Hydraulics and Water Resources. Her research focuses are resilient social-ecological systems and the impacts of natural resource management and wildfires on water resources. She a cofounder of UNM4Nepal, a humanitarian engineering student group which has developed and implemented a resilience project and was part of a two-part special topics class taught in the Civil Engineer Department at UNM on designing and building resilient communities.

 

Dr. Robert Jeffers, PhD

Title: Building Resilient Electrical Power Systems for Community Needs

Dr. Robert F. Jeffers is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has contributed as a systems scientist since 2013. Robert has applied techniques such as system dynamics, interactive visualization, agent-based modeling, and spatial network modeling to diverse problems concerning the intersection between human, natural, and engineered systems – particularly energy and commodity systems. He is the technical representative for Sandia’s Urban Resilience Initiative, which seeks to apply Sandia’s infrastructure modeling and expertise to city-scale resilience problems. Robert began his career as a research scientist at the Idaho National Laboratory, where he served as Principal Investigator on three diverse projects simulating the energy-water nexus, critical material supply chain economics, and novel concepts for integration of intermittent renewable energy on the power grid.

 

Mr. Kazunori Nakayama

Title: Leveraging Experiences in U.S.-Japan Collaboration Projects (Introduction of 3 Types of Ongoing Project Schemes)

Mr. Nakayama joined Shimizu in 1981, graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo Japan, as a bachelor of Architecture, Science and Engineering. He is a Class 1 Architect and Building Construction Engineer qualified in Japan, as well as a LEED AP BD&C in the U.S. His work career was started from the Japanese Domestic construction engineering and management 1981 thru 1990, which included Office, Residential complex, Public Library, Manufacturing Plants, Thermal Power Plant and Private Hospital. Also, he took roles of International construction engineering and management 1990 thru 2006 in 5 countries, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, U.S. and Thailand, for various sectors of projects. (Such as Office/ Commercial High-rise Complex, Industrial facilities). He has been in the current position since April 1, 2006, in charge of developing of the new types of businesses with wider roles of capability, globally and locally (“glocally”).

 

Mr. John Organek

Title: Building Black Sky Resilience

Water Sector Coordinator for Electric Infrastructure Security Council, responsible for coordinating efforts among the public and private sectors that enhance resilience to Black Sky hazards in the critical Water Sector infrastructure. Retired, United States Army Corps of Engineers Officer with both combat and construction experience. Assignments included Chief of Engineering Plans, responsible for developing critical infrastructure resilience to a potential war on the Korean peninsula. Over 25 years of experience as Enterprise Architect and Systems Engineer for NASDAQ and Federal Reserve, and as Chief Architect for US Army business systems. Interests: critical infrastructure modelling; resilience planning; system of systems engineering

 

Mr. Charles Rath

Title: How Data Science & Visualizations Can Pinpoint Resilience Solutions

Charles R. Rath is the President & CEO of Resilient Solutions 21 (RS21), a global consultancy created to help communities, cities and businesses flourish in today’s world. RS21 specializes in creating insightful, web enabled analytics that inform some of the world’s most difficult national security challenges. The company’s current portfolio of work includes innovative risk and resilience projects with Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, the US Department of State, US Department of Homeland Security, and cities around the globe. Before starting RS21, Rath led the Resilient Cities Program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Prior to joining SNL, Rath served as Deputy Director in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he built analytic capabilities and delivered risk analysis to decision-makers at the federal and local levels. He regularly speaks globally on issues related to risk and resiliency, with a particular focus on systems thinking and next generation analytics and visualizations.

 

Dr. Katherine F. Turnbull, PhD

Title: Policies and Planning for Transportation Resiliency

Dr. Turnbull is an Executive Associate Director at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, a part of The Texas A&M University System.  She is also an Executive Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Turnbull maintains a diverse research portfolio for numerous sponsors.  Her recent research on transportation resilience includes a multi‑state pooled fund study examining the impact of energy sector developments on the transportation system and serving as the rapporteur for the 2016 and 2017 European Union/United States symposia on transportation resilience, mitigation, and adaptation related to extreme weather events.

 

Dr. Nasim Uddin, PhD

Title: Mobile Automated Rovers Fly-By (Mars-Fly) for Bridge Network Resiliency

Professor Uddin’s research program focuses on high performance resilient and sustainable infrastructure, and structural safety of bridge and building structure. He is currently PI of NSF project: Mobile Automated Rovers Fly-By (MARS-FLY) for Bridge Network Resiliency (NSF-CNS-1645863). He served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Council on Disaster Reduction Management (CDRM). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Natural Hazards Review Journal, and associated with the leadership of the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) and UAB Sustainable Smart City Research Center (SSCRC).

 

 

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