Florida Tech’s Extreme Weather Experts Available to Speak on Hurricane Science, Effects and Aftermath
By Adam Lowenstein, Florida Tech News Bureau // May 31, 2022
experts to discuss hurricanes, weather damage, evacuation issues and more
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – With what is forecast to be a busier-than-normal hurricane season starting June 1 and unpredictable weather all around us, faculty experts from Florida Tech can offer commentary and insight on key meteorological and related topics.
They can discuss hurricanes, flooding, weather damage, erosion, transportation and evacuation issues, and more.
New this year is an expert who can talk about navigating extreme weather and its impact on children with autism spectrum disorder and an expert on what extreme weather could mean for cybersecurity.
■ The science of hurricanes, coastal meteorology, thunderstorms, lightning, and climate change
Expert: Steven Lazarus, Ph.D., professor of meteorology
■ Hurricane modeling and wind damage to structures; insurance loss; storm mitigation measures; safeguarding structures; post-storm cleanup
Expert: Jean-Paul Pinelli, Ph.D., PE, professor of civil engineering
■ Wind damage to structures; storm mitigation measures; protecting home, business, and infrastructure; post-storm cleanup
Expert: Albert Bleakley, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor and program chair, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Engineering Management Program
■ Hurricane storm surge, waves, and flooding; sediment transport, coastal and lagoon erosion and accretion
Expert: Robert J. Weaver, Ph.D., associate professor of ocean engineering, Director, Indian River Lagoon Research Institute
■ Cyber-awareness during hurricane season; securing the Internet of Things devices; impact of power outages on cybersecurity
Expert: TJ O’Connor, assistant professor of computer science; director, IoT Security, and Privacy Lab
■ Evacuation decisions, supply chain, and transportation issues
Expert: Rodrigo Mesa-Arango, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil engineering, head of Transportation Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
■ Hurricane wind and pressure measurements via wireless sensor network; characterization of hurricane winds for estimation of wind loads on residential structures
Expert: Chelakara Subramanian, Ph.D., P. Eng. (UK), FIIE, NAI, professor of aerospace engineering
■ Helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families navigate disruptions caused by hurricane season
Expert: Kimberly Sloman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director, The Scott Center for Autism Treatment and associate professor of psychology
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