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DeniseBell

Denise Bell

Deputy Director of the Planning, Engineering and Permits Department, City of Birmingham, AL

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James Bell

James Bell, CSI, CDT

Windstorm Coordinator, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions

Jim Bell has 40 years of experience in the door and hardware business, including 16 years within the ASSA ABLOY Group. Throughout his career, he has worked in the door and hardware industry in South Florida and the Midwest. He was president of the Gold Coast Chapter of the Door and Hardware Institute when the state moved to strengthen its building codes in response to Hurricane Andrew. Bell is a past Board of Director and currently serves as chairman of the Legislative committee and sits on the standards and planning committees for the National Storm Shelter Association. He was a participant on the ICC 500 commentary committee for the Application and Administration, Means of Egress and Test methods chapters. Bell works with the federal, state and local agencies on windstorm codes mostly in training to both hurricane resistance and tornado shelter codes including sessions at 2017 National Tornado Summit and National Hurricane Conference on the need for shelters. Bell is a vocal advocate of instituting strong windstorm codes and consistent product testing requirements in areas of the country prone to hurricanes and tornados.
Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine

Administrator, NASA

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Harold Brooks

Harold Brooks, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, National Severe Storms Laboratory

Harold Brooks is a research meteorologist and Senior Scientist in the Forecast Research and Development Division at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma where he’s worked since 1992. Brooks is also a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. During his career, Brooks’ work has focused on why, when and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are. Brooks has been an author on two IPCC Assessment Reports and a U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on extreme weather. He has also organized the Weather-Ready Nation workshop to identify scientific priorities for severe weather forecasting. Brooks received the United States Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal in 2002 for his work on the distribution of severe thunderstorms in the U.S., the NOAA Administrator’s Award in 2007 for work on extreme weather and climate change and the Daniel L. Albritton Award for Outstanding Science Communicator in 2012 from NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.
Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Hurricane Specialist Unit, National Hurricane Center, NOAA

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Tanya Brown-Giammanco

Tanya Brown-Giammanco, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

For more than eight years, Tanya Brown-Giammanco has been providing engineering leadership on hail, wind, water and roofing-related research projects at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Her research focus is on hailstone formation, hail impact testing, wind-flow characterization and testing, instrumentation and field measurement and damage assessment studies. Brown-Giammanco also serves as the hail chair for the South Carolina Wind and Hail Underwriting Association. Prior to joining IBHS full-time, Brown-Giammanco was an engineering consultant for IBHS and LNSS & Associates.
Sean Burgess

Sean M. Burgess

Xactimate Certified Trainer, Watermark

Sean Burgess conducts online and classroom training for estimating and repairing property damage using Xactimate estimating software. His classes routinely include residential and commercial building contractors, adjusters, appraisers and other insurance professionals who are interested in learning Xactimate for the first time or seasoned users interested in fine-tuning their estimating skills.
Greg Carbin

Greg Carbin

Chief Forecast Operations, National Weather Service, Weather Prediction Center (College Park, MA)

In his position as Chief of Forecast Operations for the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC) in College Park, MA, Greg Carbin supervises 33 meteorologists with responsibilities for issuing rainfall, snowfall and medium-range weather forecasts for the nation. Prior to returning to the East Coast, Carbin served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK. Carbin’s career with SPC spanned 20 years, and he performed in a variety of operational capacities at the center responsible for all tornado and severe storm watches for the nation. Greg began his career with the NOAA in Charlotte, NC, in 1993 and also worked in the private sector, in New York and Vermont, after earning a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in 1985. In addition to graduate course work at the University of Oklahoma, Carbin is a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Development Program. Carbin is also a recent recipient of the Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association "for his groundbreaking work on severe weather climatology which has revolutionized the way the meteorological community visualizes and uses severe weather statistics."
Michael Couch

Michael Couch

GIS Principal, Meshek & Associates, LLC

Michael Couch joined Meshek & Associates in 2006. He currently serves as the Principal of the GIS Division and offers over 14 years of experience in GIS. He is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) in the state of Oklahoma. His experience in GIS has covered the full gamut of GIS development: field collection of infrastructure information, data conversion, needs assessments, data analysis, and launching and customizing online map data portals. He has also contributed to hazard mitigation plans and needs assessment reports, performed FEMA benefit-cost analyses and assisted in Community Development Block Grant administration.
Jason Elliott

Jason Elliott

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Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans

Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Houston/Galveston

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Rob Galbraith

Rob Galbraith

USAA

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Alan Gerard

Alan Gerard

Chief, Warning Research and Development Division, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory

Meteorologist Alan Gerard leads the Warning Research and Development Division of the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). He came to NSSL after a 25-year career with the National Weather Service (NWS), including 17 years as the science operations officer and then meteorologist-in-charge of the NOAA NWS Forecast Office in Jackson, MS. Gerard oversees several programs developing new warning techniques for all types of weather hazards, including the Forecasting A Continuum of Severe Threats program, or FACETs, and flash flood forecasting initiatives.
Mark Goeller

Mark Goeller

Assistant Director, Fire Management Chief, Oklahoma Forestry Services

Mark Goeller’s career stretches back to 1980 when he started with the U.S. Forest Service. For the last 32 years, he’s worked for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services Division. Currently, Goeller serves as the Assistant Director/Fire Management Chief for the Agency.

Goeller gained incident management experience from wildfire and all-hazards assignments in 21 states. He served as an Incident Commander (Type 3 and Type 4) on hundreds of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional wildfires. His career included duties as an Operations Section Chief, Type 2, on the Arkansas/Oklahoma Interagency Incident Management Team and Incident Commander Oklahoma Forestry Services’ State Incident Management Team. He also is a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Risk Management Committee.

In addition to wildland fire experience, Goeller has a total of 18 years of structural firefighting experience for the City of Jay Fire Department and Keys Volunteer Fire Department. He is the current Chairman of Oklahoma’s All-Hazards Standards, Qualifications and Training Committee for Incident Management Teams and a member of the Oklahoma Incident Management Team Advisory Committee.

Jennifer Goldsmith

Jennifer Goldsmith-Grinspoon

Acting Chief, Integration and Technology Branch, Office of Environmental Planning/Historic Preservation, FEMA

Jennifer Goldsmith-Grinspoon is a physical scientist and Safe Room program manager with the Building Science Branch, Risk Management Directorate of FEMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Her passion for public service has resulted in more than 10 years in the field of emergency management. She has deployed to more than a dozen disaster events, where she has helped communities rebuild their infrastructure with an eye toward life safety and reducing or eliminating damages during future events.
Jared Guyer

Jared Guyer

Leader Forecaster, National Weather Service, Storm Prediction Center (Norman, OK)

Jared Guyer’s responsibilities as the Leader Forecaster at the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) are the issuance of Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches and nationwide severe weather outlooks. Guyer is heavily involved in SPC outreach, science-sharing activities, and operationally-oriented applied research. Prior to arriving at the SPC in 2003, he spent time at NWS offices in Hastings, NE (2000-2003) and La Crosse, WI (1999-2000). He earned a B.S. in Meteorology and Communications from Valparaiso University in 1999 and an M.B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.
E Harrington

Emily Harrington

Social Media and Community Engagement Specialist, Hennepin County (MN) Emergency Management

Emily Harrington has been passionate about studying the weather and helping others since a very young age. Her first class about the weather was in ninth grade Earth Science, which led to her pursuing an Associate’s Degree in an effort to take another weather-related course before graduating from high school. She graduated from community college and high school in May 2014 and June 2014, respectively. From there, she attended St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN) to become a meteorologist while working on her Minnesota Basic Emergency Management Certificate. She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology and a minor in computer science. After volunteering with Hennepin County Emergency Management (HCEM) during college, a position opened and she applied. Harrington is now the Social Media and Community Engagement Specialist at HCEM. She also helps with meteorology tasks and the Hennepin-West Mesonet, while taking courses to complete the Minnesota Emergency Management Director Certificate.
James Hock

James Hock

State Broadband Coordinator, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services

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Kurt Hondl

Kurt Hondl

Deputy Director, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory

Kurt Hondl earned an M.S. degree in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and has been employed by the NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory since 1993. He has led various programs including the Warning Decision Support System and the Multifunction Phased Array Radar Research and Development program. Hondl was promoted to the position of Deputy Director in January 2018.
Randall Ishikawa

Randall Ishikawa, Sr.

Director Product Innovation of EagleView and Former President of the Property Drone Consortium, EagleView

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Kevin Jeffries

Kevin Jeffries

Lead Education and Outreach Coordinator, Consumer Liaison, Oregon Division of Financial Regulation

Kevin Jeffries joined the Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) in 2011. The Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) is Oregon’s consumer financial protection agency and financial business regulator. As the Division’s Lead Outreach and Education Coordinator and Consumer Liaison, Jeffries’s primary role is to provide education and outreach services to consumers. He also represents consumers to the Division’s Senior Policy Team and strives to keep the Insurance Commissioner up to date on consumer-specific issues. In 2017, his agency recovered more than $4,000,000 in unpaid benefits to consumers, assisted in the education of more than 30,000 Oregon students on financial literacy and trained more than 200 insurance agents on financial literacy topics.

Prior to joining DFR, he served as the communications director and legislative assistant to three state legislators. He also taught social studies at the middle school and high school levels before transitioning into state service.

What Jeffries loves most about his job, besides working with the best team in state government, is his ability to join three great passions, education, public policy, and consumer protection.

Kevin Kloesel

Kevin Kloesel

University Meteorologist, University of Oklahoma Office of Emergency Preparedness

As the University Meteorologist, Kevin Kloesel is responsible for weather forecasting and decision-making for every outdoor event on the University of Oklahoma campus, and he serves as an advisor to OU’s president on all weather matters, including campus closure and event emergency planning. Kloesel has also co-authored the University’s weather and communications annexes to the OU Emergency Operations Plan and is responsible for authoring and reviewing the weather plan for every event at OU. In addition, Kloesel chairs the Weather Advisory Board for the Event Safety Alliance and is a contributing writer for Campus Safety Magazine, Protocol - The Journal of the Entertainment Technology Industry, and Event Safety Insights Magazine. He has appeared on numerous national, regional and local media programs including The Weather Channel’s WXGeeks, SXSW Eco, WeatherBrains and the National Academies of Sciences Distinctive Voices. Kloesel is a certified Oklahoma Emergency Manager, the Director of the Oklahoma Climate Survey and an associate professor in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at OU.
Erica Kuligowski

Erica Kuligowski

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Daphne LaDue

Daphne LaDue, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms, University of Oklahoma

Daphne S. LaDue is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Oklahoma's Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms. She has a B.A. in physics (Anderson University, 1990), M.S. in Atmospheric Science (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992) and Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education (University of Oklahoma, 2011). LaDue is a social scientist with several ongoing projects including studies of how emergency managers in the Southeastern U.S. make decisions and deal with unique vulnerabilities given the inherent uncertainties in severe weather forecasts and warnings. She has also worked with emergency managers from across the country in a multi-year research and development project in NOAA’s Hazardous Weather Testbed that aims to improve the National Weather Service’s decision support services for Integrated Warning Team partners.
Marc Levitan

Marc Levitan, Ph.D.

Research Wind Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Marc Levitan researches tornadoes and hurricanes, their impacts, and mitigation for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), a multiagency program whose purpose is to achieve major measurable reductions in the losses of life and property from windstorms. Levitan served as the first Director (Acting) of NWIRP from 2015-2018. He was also the Lead Investigator for the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Technical Investigation of the 2011 Joplin Tornado and for the NIST study of the 2013 Newcastle-Moore, Oklahoma tornado. He currently leads implementation activities for many of the recommendations resulting from these tornado studies and is actively involved in a new NCST investigation of Hurricane Maria’s impacts on Puerto Rico. Before coming to NIST, Levitan was an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University and the founding Director of the LSU Hurricane Center. Prior to joining LSU, he spent five years as the Managing Director of the Wind Engineering Research Field Laboratory at Texas Tech University, studying wind effects on full-scale buildings.

Dr. Levitan co-chairs the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committee currently developing a national standard for wind speed estimation in tornadoes, which will include major improvements to the EF Scale. He chairs the International Code Council’s committee updating the ICC/NSSA Standard on the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. He also chaired the committee that wrote the first edition of the Storm Shelter Standard in 2008 and the Committee that wrote the ASCE Guidelines for Wind Loads on Petrochemical and Other Industrial Facilities. Levitan previously served as President of the American Association for Wind Engineering (AAWE) and Vice-President of the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

Brock Long

Brock Long

Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Brock Long was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began his service as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June 2017. Long has more than 18 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state and federal governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs.

Since 2011, he had worked as Executive Vice President at Hagerty Consulting, where he provided strategic direction and leadership to the firm’s full complement of emergency management programs and professionals. Long has served as Project Executive for more than 50 projects in all parts of the country, ranging from complex attack scenario exercises to designing multi-jurisdictional, all-hazard evacuation plans for major Urban Area Security Initiative designated jurisdictions.

From 2008-2011, Long served as Director of Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) under Gov. Bob Riley. As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events. Long also served as an on-scene State Incident Commander for the Alabama Unified Command during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Prior to his position as Director at AEMA, Long was a FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager, FEMA Hurricane, and Evacuation Liaison Team Leader and statewide school safety coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Long also served as the private sector chairman for the National Emergency Management Association and as a board member of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Leadership Program offered by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He attended Appalachian State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Health degree.

Matthew Marchetti

Matthew Marchetti

Co-Founder, CrowdSource Rescue

On the first night of Hurricane Harvey, Matthew Marchetti helped create CrowdSource Rescue as a way to help organize rescues in his flooded Houston neighborhood. The next-gen management app has since helped rescue nearly 40,000 people by connecting them to almost 12,000 spontaneous, vetted volunteers via integrated communications, instantaneous background checks, and GPS technology.
Patrick Marsh

Patrick Marsh, Ph.D.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Storm Prediction Center

Patrick Marsh is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Patrick earned both a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma after obtaining a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arkansas. While a graduate student, Marsh worked as the National Severe Storms Laboratory's Liaison for the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed. This experience afforded Marsh the opportunity to work with leading researchers on the creation and evaluation of new diagnostics for utilizing numerical weather prediction models in the forecast of high-impact convective weather. As part of his duties, Marsh oversaw the Operations Center for VORTEX2, the largest meteorological field program to study the origins of tornadoes. These experiences led Marsh to the SPC as a Techniques Development Meteorologist in early spring 2013. In December of 2015, Marsh became the third Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the SPC. Marsh plays an integral part in SPC messaging, including placing information in historical context and creating new methods of visualizing forecasts of severe thunderstorms and their associated hazards. Additionally, Marsh has extensive experience in the creation, visualization, and interpretation of large datasets, including maintaining and updating the U.S. Severe Weather Database.
Chris Meredith

Chris Meredith

Regional Manager of Legislative Affairs, Farmers Insurance

Chris Meredith has been with Farmers Insurance since 2003 beginning as a claims representative in Oklahoma City. He helped lead the development of the Total Loss Center of Excellence, a centralized processing center for auto total losses. Meredith also helped lead the development of the industry leading National Auto Salvage operation recovering 180,000 vehicles at its peak in 2010. Meredith now serves as the Regional Manager of Legislative Affairs in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Meredith graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Biology and is a graduate in Claims Administration and a graduate of the Ronald Reagan Library, Presidential Leadership program. He completed his Master's in Business Administration at Capella University in 2015.

John Miller

John Miller

PE, Forensic Engineer, Donan

With 32 years of engineering experience, John Miller serves as the Principal Consultant and CAT Manager for Donan. His area of expertise is structural engineering with an emphasis on structural damage from impact, wind, and flood. Miller has completed approximately 1,900 forensic investigations, working in the following industries: bridge design and inspection, bridge and highway structure inspection, highway design, and home construction and remodeling. He is a licensed professional engineer in 12 states. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is a frequent presenter for Donan University where he teaches with a high level of expertise and a little humor.
ScottNethero

Scott Nethero

CHS-III, CAS, CRC. Senior Security Manager- Emergency Management, Walt Disney World Security

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Glenn Overcash

Glenn Overcash

Civil Engineer, Building Resiliency Group

Glenn Overcash has more than 15 years of experience performing residential structural design, plans review, field observations and providing technical support for FEMA's Building Science Branch through codes and standards monitoring and the development and review of design and construction publications and training. He managed the project to update FEMA P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes, Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms (2015) and provides ongoing support for FEMA's Safe Room Helpline.
Jeff Partin

Jeff Partin

Director, Corporate Security, Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity, The Home Depot

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Russ Schneider

Russ Schneider

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Matthew J. Smith

Matthew J. Smith, Esq.

Director of Government Relations and General Counsel, The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

Matthew Smith serves as Director of Government Relations and General Counsel for The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud based in Washington, D.C. Smith joined The Coalition staff after retiring as President of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Company, LPA. He founded the firm in 1989 after beginning practice as an insurance defense attorney in Florida. From starting as a one-attorney office, the firm grew into a national practice providing insurance law services throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. While working for the firm, Smith also served as Legal Advisor to The Coalition.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Radio, TV, and Film. While working his way through college and law school he served as Director of Marketing Communications for the Kings Island Theme Park Complex in Ohio and founded Smith-Kaufman Public Relations representing such companies as Wendy’s International, Hyatt Hotels and The Cincinnati Reds.

Smith graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is admitted to practice in both federal and state courts in Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Washington, D.C. as well as the United States Supreme Court.

He is a past President of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, the Founding Chair of the Insurance Committee of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a member of the Defense Research Institute, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and numerous other insurance law-related organizations.

Patrick Spoden

Patrick Spoden

Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service (Paducah, KY)

Patrick Spoden has been the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Paducah, KY since 1994. Prior to that, he was an instructor at the Operations Training Branch (currently the Warning Decision Training Division) in Norman, OK from 1991 to 1994. Spoden taught NWS meteorologists how to use the Doppler radar. He started his NWS career in Evansville, IN in 1987. Prior to his NWS career, he worked at a private forecasting firm in Chicago after graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1986.
Christine Standohar-Alfano

Christine Standohar-Alfano Ph.D.

EIT, Haag Engineering

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Lisa Teel

Lisa Teel

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Annie Vest

Annie Vest

Planning and Grants Administrator, Meshek & Associates, LLC

Specializing in hazard mitigation planning and hazard mitigation assistance grants, Annie Vest has nearly a decade of experience implementing FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation programs. Vest has served as project manager and developed FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans for 14 counties encompassing 96 municipalities in Oklahoma since 2012, including the City of Tulsa 2019 Update. During her time as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Vest received the FEMA Regional Administrators Award for her work on streamlining Hazard Mitigation Planning throughout FEMA Region VI. She was also a key contributing member of the first formal Regional Advisory Council subcommittee for Mitigation Planning where she assisted in the development of streamlined planning tools now being used throughout FEMA Region VI.

Vest serves on the Disaster Resilience Network Board of Directors and is an active member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, National Emergency Management Association, Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association and Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association.

Chad Williams

Chad Williams

Senior Engineer, EFI Global, Inc.

Chad Williams has more than 15 years of engineering experience. Williams focuses his expertise on forensic evaluations and has a wide-range of experience conducting forensic evaluations including boat docks; residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities; and damage caused to structures from all types of natural disasters. He has expanded his experience to the assessment of damage related to construction defects, engineering and other design errors, foundation movement, and failures, hoarding behaviors, pavement failures, surface and subgrade plumbing systems, surface and overland soils and ground movements and vehicle impacts to buildings. He’s also assisted with operations engineering in support of the military, aviation, and industrial facilities.
Pamela Williams

Pamela Williams

Counsel, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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Christine Wittich

Christine E. Wittich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Civil Engineering

Christine Wittich’s research expertise focuses on the dynamics of uplifting and freestanding structural systems. She has extensively utilized remote sensing techniques including lidar scanning and unmanned aerial systems to document complex geometries and capture detailed deformation patterns. Wittich received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in structural engineering from the University of California, San Diego, preceded by the B.S. degree in civil engineering from Lafayette College (Easton, PA).
Arn Womble

J. Arn Womble, Ph.D.

PE, Research Engineer, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Assistant Professor, West Texas A&M University (Canyon, TX)

Arn Womble has been examining the effects of high winds on structures since 1989, and it continues today with his career as an assistant professor and a research engineer. Womble was recently honored with the CAREER Award which is the most prestigious award given by the National Science Foundation. The award provides funding for the forensic investigation of tornado-damaged structures using remote-sensing technologies. Womble’s consulting engineering background includes structural design, wind-tunnel testing of structures and failure analysis. He also worked extensively in engineering expert-witness investigations for wind/water damage causation studies in the unprecedented insurance litigation after Hurricane Katrina. Womble’s academic research emphasizes the use of remote-sensing technologies for visual and automated wind damage assessment, and he currently chairs the Remote Sensing Subcommittee of the ASCE Standards Committee for Wind Speed Estimation in Tornadoes.
Richard Wood

Richard L. Wood, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Department of Civil Engineering

Richard Wood’s research interests lie within structural dynamics, the response of structures to extreme loads, and the remote sensing and nondestructive assessment of various structures and civil infrastructure networks. He has recently focused on structural characterization using lidar scanning and drones for structures following natural disasters to aid forensic engineering analyses. Wood received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with a concentration in structures from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He also earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in structural engineering at UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. Wood currently co-chairs the Remote Sensing Subcommittee of the ASCE Standards Committee for Wind Speed Estimation in Tornadoes with fellow National Tornado Summit speaker J. Arn Womble.