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Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Ph.D.
Dr. Mitsuyoshi Akiyama is a Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. He was Assistant and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Tohoku University from 1998 to 2011 before joining Waseda University in 2011. His main research interests are in the life-cycle performance assessment of civil engineering systems under multiple hazards. As of March 2024, he has published 129 papers related to (i) reliability, risk, and resilience of structure and infrastructure under multi-hazard issues (e.g., earthquake and tsunami); (ii) effects of climate change on functionality of civil infrastructure systems; (iii) life-cycle performance assessment of deteriorating concrete structures using experimental evidence, probabilistic analysis, and finite element method; and (iv) advancement of infrastructure's maintenance through integration of machine learning, numerical simulation, reliability analysis, and updating theory. The number of citations and h-index of all his papers can be found in Scopus.

Dr. Akiyama is serving as a Managing Editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering (Taylor & Francis) and an Associate Editor of Journal of Bridge Engineering (ASCE). He also serves on the editorial boards of Structural Safety (Elsevier) and International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering. Dr. Akiyama has been involved in the ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural System for more than 10 years. He is the Secretary of Executive Committee of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and Executive Committee Member of the International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He contributes to several activities in International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) including Chair of Commission 6 -Sustainability. Dr. Akiyama is a voting member of Committee 348 Structural Reliability and Safety in American Concrete Institute (ACI). In Japan, he is a member of numerous research and technical committees in the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), the Japan Concrete Institute (JCI), and Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering (JAEE). Dr. Akiyama was past Vice-President of JAEE. He is the President of the non-profit organization (NPO) Engineers-Without-Borders, Japan. Dr. Akiyama is the recipient of several awards including the 2023 Scientific Outstanding Paper in IABSE, Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Japan), JSCE Yoshida Award in 1998, 2007, and 2010, JSCE Encouragement Award for Outstanding Thesis in 2007, the JCI Award for Engineering Development in 2001, and IABMAS Junior Award 2016.

Karthik Balaguru, Ph.D.
Dr. Karthik Balaguru is a climate scientist and Team Lead for ‘Coastal Modeling and Climate Resilience’ at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He has a broad background in physical oceanography and climate dynamics. His areas of interest include upper-ocean dynamics, air-sea interactions, salinity processes and their response to the hydrological cycle. A topic of particular focus has been tropical cyclones, their interaction with the ocean and climate. At PNNL, he has also been leading the development of the Risk Analysis Framework for Tropical Cyclones (RAFT), an end-to-end pipeline to model not only the physical aspects of tropical cyclones but also their socio-economic impacts.

Paolo Bocchini, Ph.D., C.Eng, F.SEI, M.ASCE
Dr. Bocchini served as Principal Investigator of the PRAISys project, a multi-million dollar effort supported by the National Science Foundation that involved 58 scholars (43% from underrepresented groups in STEM) over 5 years to model and predict in a probabilistic sense the damage, recovery, and resilience of interdependent infrastructure systems. Dr. Bocchini was elected Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, he authored the chapter on infrastructure interdependencies in the Objective Resilience Manual of Practice of ASCE, served in the committee of the National Academies to develop guidelines for the U.S. Congress to allocate resources to projects that improve transportation resilience, and received a number of awards and recognitions.

David Boone
David Boone provides consulting services for Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) as the interface and advisor on Department of Defense and Federal Government related activities (i.e., a military liaison). As a retired Rear Admiral, he promotes SIO initiatives by getting support, input and collaborative agreement on various coordination issues at military installations and at Department of Defense headquarters’ levels to advance the issues of climate change.

Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for Michael Baker International responsible for both public and private sector development in the consultant and engineering industry. Prior to that, he was President of CB&I Federal Services and its successor organization, APTIM Government Services. He joined the CB&I team in December 2013 following a 30 year career in the Navy.

Mr. Boone retired from the US Navy in 2013 as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Rear Admiral. His last assignment was the Director of Shore Readiness where he was responsible for overseeing facilities and energy funding and policy for 70 bases worldwide – a $9 billion annual budget. His tours as Commanding Officer included Underwater Construction TEAM ONE (Seabees), NAVFAC MARIANAS (Guam), and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic (Norfolk). Mr. Boone has also been active in several non-profit Boards that support Veterans and Diversity issues. He has often presented seminars on leadership and national security at national and international conferences.

Raised in Yokohama, Japan, high school in Oregon, Mr. Boone first attended the University of Oregon and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. He then transferred and graduated from Cal Poly SLO in Civil Engineering with Masters degrees in Coastal Engineering and Construction Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a registered professional engineer (Virginia and Florida). He was a Navy contracting officer, a Navy Diver, and maintains a TOP SECRET security classification. He received numerous personal Navy awards, including the Nippon Zenkokai Award from the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan.

Bruce R. Ellingwood, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
Dr. Ellingwood is College of Engineering Eminent Scholar at Colorado State University. His professional career of nearly five decades has included research and administrative positions at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the Raymond Allen Jones Endowed Chair Emeritus in Civil Engineering, and Colorado State University. His research and professional interests center on the application of probability and statistics to structural engineering, structural reliability assessment, analysis of natural and man-made hazards and disproportionate collapse, performance-based engineering and risk-informed decision-making. He is internationally recognized as an authority on structural load modeling, reliability and risk analysis of engineered facilities, and as the leader in the technical development and implementation of probability based codified design standards for building structures. He has authored or co-authored Cooper over 400 papers and reports. As administrator of the Secretariat of American National Standard Committee A58 on Minimum Design Loads from 1977 to 1984, he was responsible for managing the development of ANSI Standard A58.1 1982, which included the general probability based load criteria for limit states design that have appeared in successive editions of the ASCE/SEI Standard 7 on Minimum Design Loads for the past four decades, the AISC Specification, ACI Standard 318 and the International Building Code. A long-term member of ASCE Standard Committee 7 (1975-2023), he currently serves on ASCE Standard Committees on Mitigation if Disproportionate Collapse (ASCE/SEI 76-23) and on Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) of Pultruded Fiber-reinforced Polymer (FRP) Structures (ASCE/SEI 73-23). He is former Editor of Structural Safety, the leading international journal in that field, and serves on several other editorial boards. He is recipient of numerous awards from ASCE, AISC and other professional organization, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Mike Flood
Michael Flood is the National Resiliency Lead for WSP and has over twenty-nine years of experience in the consulting industry. Mr. Flood has led most of the firm’s national projects for both research and applications focused on determining the risks of extreme weather and climate change on infrastructure, and the development of strategies for effectively addressing those risks. The focus of Mike’s recent work has been the development of methods and tools to help agencies and stakeholders make effective capital investment decisions through the development of data-driven decision-making tools and prioritization processes, recognizing the importance of better information for decisions considering multiple perspectives, including environmental or equity concerns.  This has involved recent work developing benefit-cost assessments of resiliency projects nationwide, work defining risks and responses to a variety of climate concerns, and the conduct of training seminars on resiliency strategies focused on helping agencies make effective decisions. Mr. Flood obtained his BA from the University of Maryland and MS from the University of Virginia.

Dan M. Frangopol, Sc.D., P.E., F.EMI, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
Dan M Frangopol is the inaugural holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh University in 2006, he was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is recognized as a pioneer in the field of life-cycle engineering of civil and marine structures under various types of hazards. His main research interests are in the development and application of probabilistic and optimization concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering, including: structural reliability and probabilistic mechanics; life-cycle cost analysis; probability-based assessment, design, and multi-criteria life-cycle optimization of structures and infrastructure systems; structural health monitoring; life-cycle performance maintenance and management of structures and distributed infrastructure under extreme events (earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods); risk-based assessment and decision making; multi-hazard risk mitigation; infrastructure sustainability and resilience to disasters; and climate change adaptation. Dr. Frangopol is the founding president of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He has authored/co-authored 4 books and over 470 articles in archival journals, including 14 prize winning papers. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the international journal Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. He is also the founder and inaugural chair of the ASCE-SEI Technical Council on Life-cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems. Dr. Frangopol is the recipient of several awards from ASCE, IABSE, IASSAR, ISHMII, SAE and other professional organizations, such as the Newmark, Freudenthal, Housner, Croes (twice), TY Lin, and Khan Medals, the Ang Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education (OPAL). He holds 4 honorary doctorates and 14 honorary professorships from major universities. Dr. Frangopol is a member of the US National Academy of Construction, a foreign member of the Canadian, Japan and Mexican Academy of Engineering, Academia Europaea (London), Royal Academy of Belgium, Romanian Academy, Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences, a Fellow of ACI, EMI. IABSE, ISHMII, SEI, and a Distinguished Member of ASCE. In 2023, ASCE established the DM Frangopol Medal for life-cycle engineering of civil structures.

Maria Garlock, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE
Dr. Maria Garlock is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Co-Director, Program in Architecture and Engineering, and Head of Forbes College at Princeton University. Dr. Garlock’s research aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, both as related to advancing the knowledge in structural engineering design and as related to the education of future engineers. Dr. Garlock’s scholarship is in creative and resilient structural design for extreme loads such as fires, earthquakes, and storm surges. She studies these hazards as both an isolated and cascading multi-hazard events. In addition to advancing the future of structural design, Dr. Garlock studies the best examples of structural designs of the present and past. She also has received government funding to study effective teaching of structural engineering to non-STEM majors – as she does through coursework, exhibitions with scale models and instructional displays, and some massive open online courses. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), a T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award recipient, a President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, and a Lawrence Keyes, Jr. /Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award given by Princeton University.

Omar A Jaradat, Ph.D., P.E., D.PE, M.ASCE
Dr. Jaradat is a Director for Structures nationwide with Moffatt & Nichol. His responsibility includes program oversight, project management, and integrated design for marine infrastructure that promotes optimization, resiliency, sustainability, code, and technology advancement. Dr. Jaradat is a 20+ year practitioner in marine engineering, port planning, big ship ready impact analyses, and engineering research projects throughout the Americas and in the Middle East. His experience includes consulting on more than 150 marine terminal projects with international and national private firms and public organizations. Representative clients at the federal, state, local, and international levels include US NAVFAC, Ports of Los Angeles; Long Beach; Seattle; Oakland; San Francisco, cities of Los Angeles, Huntington Beach, Newport, and Khalifa Port Container Terminal Detailed Design, Abu Dhabi; among others. Dr. Jaradat is an expert in the field of performance-based design of pile-supported structures in terms of design, analysis, and engineering of infrastructure systems such as ports and harbor structures, bridges, retaining structures and buildings. He has led the development and upgrade of port-wide design criteria for the port operations and complexes at Los Angeles and Long Beach, California which involved crane-wharf interaction analysis for design and evaluation of wharf structures. In addition, Dr. Jaradat uses state-of-the-art analysis and design methodologies of linear and non-linear dynamic time-history analysis, spectral analysis, and non-linear static pushover analysis. Dr. Jaradat serves on numerous national technical committees specialized in developing code standards for seismic analysis and design of reinforced concrete elements. He is chair of ASCE/COPRI Piers and Wharves Standards committee, chair of ASCEC/COPRI Port Certification Program, member of the ASCE/COPRI 61 Standards committee on Seismic Design of Piers & Wharves; and member of PIANC MarCom Working Group 225.

Ming Liu, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Dr. Liu is a research structural engineer at Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) in Port Hueneme, California. His expertise in civil engineering covers field testing and laboratory measurement with Nondestructive Testing (NDT) methods, forensic investigations for extreme events, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as civil and structural designs. His technical role in federal service since 2009 has involved structural analysis and safety evaluation beyond the current design code requirements, including, but not limited to, risk analysis of concrete dams subjected to strong earthquakes, tsunami design loads for naval facilities, and structural design reviews on nuclear safety-related structures under seismic loads beyond the code requirements. His current research interest focuses on the risk-based structural safety evaluation and design with considerations of life-cycle performance and physical evidences from both experimental tests and computer simulations. Ming serves several SEI-ASCE committees and was one of the three primary organizers for the international workshop on risk-based structural evaluation methods at the ASCE Headquarters in September 2014. Ming is author or coauthor of about 40 scientific publications, including technical committee documents, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. Currently, he is the chair of ACI 348 “Structural Reliability and Safety", and is a voting member of ACI 444 "Structural Health Monitoring and Instrumentation", and ACI 562 "Evaluation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings". Ming received a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Colorado –Boulder (2006). He has been a registered professional engineer in Colorado since 2001.

Yue Li, Ph.D., M. ASCE
Dr. Yue Li is the Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. Dr. Li's research focuses on resilient civil infrastructure, climatic adaptation, and natural and man-made hazard mitigation. He holds editorial positions for several journals, including serving as the Section Editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. He is also on the Editorial Board of Structure Safety and the Journal of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. Dr. Li is an active member of several ASCE/SEI committees, including serving as the chair of the committee on Risk Assessment of Structural Infrastructure Facilities and Risk-Based Decision Making, voting member of Load Combination Subcommittee of ASCE/SEI 7 - Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. He was the founding member and the chair of ASCE/SEI committee on Multiple Hazard Mitigation. He has received numerous awards, including the Case School of Engineering Graduate Teaching Award in 2020, the Fulbright Award in 2013, the Outstanding Paper Award of the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities in 2012, and the Michigan Technological University Research Excellence Fund Award in 2008. Dr. Li has authored over 250 publications, including more than 100 journal papers. He has worked as a structural engineer and was involved in the design of the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Terri McAllister, Ph.D., PE, F.SEI, Dist. M.ASCE
Dr. McAllister is the Acting Division Chief for Materials and Structural Systems at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and has been the NIST Liaison for the NIST-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning for the last 8 years. Dr. McAllister has conducted research on community and infrastructure resilience over the last decade, focusing on the integrated performance of physical infrastructure and their recovery after disruptive events. Her research has included the development of community resilience planning guidance and models with a focus on how buildings and infrastructure system performance affects the social and economic recovery of communities, and on how to incorporate community impacts in design codes and standards for buildings. Recent research is considering how future climate conditions affect community and infrastructure resilience. She has over 20 years of expertise in structural reliability, risk assessment, failure analysis, and the performance of structures in fire. She co-led structural failure analyses of the WTC towers and WTC 7 for the NIST WTC Investigation, conducted reliability studies of New Orleans levee systems for the USACE following Hurricane Katrina, and evaluated Hurricane Sandy flood effects on infrastructure as part of a FEMA MAT. Earlier in her career, she spent 8 years at NAVFAC-EXWC (formerly NCEL) conducting research on mooring systems and hydrodynamic forces on structures. She received the 2021 ASCE Walter P Moore, Jr award and 2018 ASCE Ernest E Howard Award for her research on structural codes, standards and resilience. She has served on the ASCE/SEI 7 Standard Main Committee for over 20 years and has chaired the Load Combinations SubCommittee since 2010. She also serves on the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division; the Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems; and the SEI Board Level Resilience Committee.

Mark Merrifield, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Merrifield has spent the past two decades studying global and regional sea-level change. As a Scripps alumnus, Dr. Merrifield returned to campus from a 20-year stint as director of the University of Hawaii Sea Level Center to direct the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. His research areas include sea-level rise and climate variability, coastal oceanography, and nearshore processes. He received his PhD in Oceanography from Scripps in 1989, was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia from 1989 to 1991, followed by a return to Scripps as a project scientist and researcher. In 1994, he joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Ocean Engineering department, subsequently moving to the Oceanography department from 1997-2017. He has a longstanding interest in linking basic and applied research outcomes to practical solutions for societal benefit. Dr. Merrifield has had experience working with partners in academia, industry, government, and non-government organizations as the chair of the Global Sea Level Observing System, as the lead investigator of the Waves and Water Level component of the Pacific Integrated Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), and as a lead author of the Sea Level Change chapter of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. As the new CCCIA director, Dr. Merrifield is pursuing research that advances the understanding of climate impacts and provides meaningful projections and develop a focused curriculum that prepares the next generation of scientists, engineers, and policymakers in risk assessment and adaptation strategies.

Shubhra Misra, Ph.D., PE, D.CE, D.PE.
Dr. Shubhra Misra is the Deputy Director of Climate Change Adaptation and Planning for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, OSD. Dr. Misra is a coastal engineer and an expert in climate preparedness and resilience. He has more than 20 years of extensive and effective team-oriented leadership, coordination and management experience in the planning, execution, management and delivery of complex, large multi-disciplinary civil works (coastal and marine) projects. He recently served as the Hydrology-Hydraulics-Coastal lead in USACE Galveston’s largest coastal storm risk management project and as a Climate Preparedness and Resilience Specialist in the Department of Defense Climate Action Plan’s Climate Action Team. Dr. Misra has extensive experience in developing civil designs for hydrological, hydraulic, coastal and marine engineering project aspects and reviewing studies, plans, specifications, and drawings for features of design to ensure a fully coordinated and compatible outcome. He has a focus on site-selection, design, constructability, construction and operation of coastal, marine and civil works infrastructure, navigation, flood risk management (including sea level rise and climate change), dredging and reclamation, cost and construction schedule estimating, numerical and physical modeling of hydraulic and coastal processes (waves, water levels, currents, sediments), vessel motions and wave-structure interactions, met-ocean studies, marine environmental and ecosystem impact assessments, contractor and vendor supervision and management, office and staff development, stakeholder engagement and business management.

Sarah E Mouring, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Dr. Sarah Mouring earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1987, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and 1993, respectively. She is a registered professional engineer in Maryland. Dr. Mouring began her career at the Naval Academy as a visiting assistant research professor in 1992 and joined the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (NAOE) Department faculty full-time in 1993. She founded the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Student Post at the Academy in 1996 and continues to serve as the faculty representative. Dr. Mouring was awarded the National SAME Bliss Medal for her superior efforts in mentoring students in engineering and related disciplines. She has taught numerous courses at the Academy including core, major, major electives, and courses outside her department. In 2017 Dr. Mouring was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator for the State of Maryland. She has held many service roles at the Naval Academy which include membership on the Promotion & Tenure Committee, Yard-wide and Division Trident Scholar Committee, Bowman Scholar Review Committee, Director of Teaching and Learning Search Committee, and Military Faculty Teaching Awards Committee. Outside the Academy, her service roles include being a reviewer for numerous international journals and conferences as well as membership on conference and engineering societies committees. Her main research interests in Ocean Engineering include composite joining methods, wave energy conversion, and wave-structure interaction. Her research sponsors have included the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), 3M, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), and the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory (NCEL). Dr. Mouring spent one summer at NSF as a part-time Visiting Programs Officer for CMS, Large Structural and Building Systems. Finally, she has held several leadership positions. She was the Ocean Engineering Program Director from 2014-2016 and 2022-2023. From 2016 until 2022, she was the Department Chair of NAOE. Most recently Dr. Mouring was appointed the interim Associate Dean of Engineering and Weapons in July 2023.

Adrienne Newbold, P.E, PMP
Adrienne Newbold, P.E., PMP, has 20 years of experience with the Port of Los Angeles specializing in the planning, design, construction, and operation of container terminals, transportation networks, and waterfront development. She oversees the Structural, Specifications, and Marine Oil Terminal sections of the Engineering Division. She is responsible for helping manage the Divisions $1.7B Capital Improvement Program. Mrs. Newbold is the program manager for the Port of Los Angeles Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study which assessed the vulnerability, adaptive capacity, and developed resiliency strategies for all port assets.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a Project Management Certificate from UCLA. She is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Project Management Professional, Strategic Human Resource Manager, and ICC California Building Plans Examiner. Mrs. Newbold was awarded the ASCE LA Outstanding Civil Engineer.

Mrs. Newbold is past Board Chair for the COPRI Technical Group, an active member of ASCE, Women In Transportation, Women’s International Shipping and Trade Association, Loyola Marymount Council for Industrial Partners, International Association of Ports and Harbors Risk and Resiliency Committee.

Mark G. Stewart, Ph.D., FTSE, FIEAust, FIAPS, FRSN
Mark G. Stewart is a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, and Director of the Centre for Built Infrastructure Resilience at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Stewart is an expert in risk assessment, public policy decision making, and protective infrastructure for extreme hazards. He is the author of five books including Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Engineering Systems; and Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security; and edited books Climate Adaptation Engineering: Risks and Economics for Infrastructure Decision-making and Engineering for Extremes: Decision Making in an Uncertain World as well as more than 500 technical papers and reports. He has over 35 years of experience in probabilistic risk and vulnerability assessment of infrastructure and security systems that are subject to man-made and natural hazards, including climate change. Professor Stewart recently led a consortium of five universities in Australia for the $3.5 million CSIRO Flagship Cluster Fund project Climate Adaptation Engineering for Extreme Events. He is also a leading investigator with the reliability-based calibration of the Australian Structural Standards. Professor Stewart is also the Chief Investigator of collaborative explosives field testing and ballistics performance programs with the Australian Defense Force. He is President of the International Association of Protective Structures. He is Editor-in-Chief of Structural Safety, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

William Sweet, Ph.D.
Dr. William Sweet is a NOAA Oceanographer advancing sea level science and services to support sound decision-making at National Ocean Service, Boulder, Colorado. He co-leads NOAA’s high tide flood assessments, the U.S. Sea Level Rise Task Force, the DOD’s Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group and is a chapter author for the 4th and 5th National Climate Assessments.  He received his Masters and Ph.D. in oceanography from North Carolina State University. 

Victoria (Tori) Tomiczek, Ph.D.
Tori Tomiczek is an Associate Professor in the Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). She earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Florida and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Oregon State University (OSU) before joining the Ocean Engineering faculty at USNA in 2017. Dr. Tomiczek’s focus area is in coastal engineering and resilience. She has participated in and led numerous field reconnaissance surveys evaluating damage and recovery following hurricane and extreme storm events. Dr. Tomiczek has also enjoyed working on physical model experiments at USNA, OSU, and Kyoto University. She is interested in better understanding wave-induced forces on coastal structures to inform design guidance and finding sustainable, resilient solutions that mitigate damage due to coastal flood hazards. Dr. Tomiczek is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She served as President of the Coastal, Oceans, Ports, and Riverine Institute (COPRI) from 2021-2022. She has also contributed to committees in the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), including ASCE 7-22 Flood Loads and Tsunami Loads Subcommittees, ASCE 7-28 Flood Loads Subcommittee, ASCE 24 Subcommittee, and Resilience Committee, as well as the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Natural Infrastructure Committee.