School Chair Reginald DesRoches appointed to newly-formed National Academies Roundtable on risk, resilient, and extreme events

Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor Reginald DesRoches has been appointed to the National Academies Roundtable on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events (referred to as the Resilience Roundtable).

The mission of the Resilience Roundtable is to convene experts from the academic, public, and private sectors to design or catalyze activities that build resilience to extreme events. These activities could be exercised by community, regional, national, or international partners. The Roundtable will provide the venue for current research, science, and evidence-based foundations to inform whole community strategies for building resilience. Roundtable activities will also help decision makers build approaches for (1) deciding how and where to invest resources to mitigate risk and build resilience in ways that allow them to (2) explain or defend those investment decisions.

The Resilience Roundtable will engage decision makers at the community and local levels and use four mechanisms in its work: improving risk communication; identifying means to measure community resilience; developing mechanisms to share data and information related to hazards, disasters, risk, and resilience; and developing or strengthening partnerships and coalitions within and among communities to build resilience.

The roundtable is co-Chaired by the President of the UPS Foundation, Eduardo Martinez, and Professor Granger Morgan, Head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. Other notable Atlantans on the roundtable include Erroll B. Davis, Superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools and former Chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

The full list of roundtable members includes:

Dr. M. Granger Morgan (NAS)
University Professor and Head
Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

Mr. Eduardo Martinez
The UPS Foundation

Mr. Frank Best
F.H. Best Associates

Ms. Arrietta Chakos
Urban Resilience Strategies

Mr. Erroll B. Davis, Jr.
Atlanta Public Schools

Dr. Reginald DesRoches
Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Honorable Caitlin Durkovich
Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Gerald E. Galloway, Jr. (NAE)
Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

Mr. Corey D. Gruber
Assistant Administrator, National Preparedness Directorate
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Dr. John R. Harrald
Research Professor Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Lucy Jones
Science Advisor for Risk Reduction
SAFRR Project, Natural Hazards Mission Area
U. S. Geological Survey

Mr. David J. Kaufman
Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis and International Affairs
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Dr. Susan W. Kieffer (NAS)
Emeritus Professor of Geology and Physics Center for Advanced Study, & Charles R. Walgreen Chair, Geology
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

Dr. Howard C. Kunreuther
Professor of Decision Sciences and Business and Public Policy and Co- Director Risk Management and Decision Resources Center
Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Linda Langston
Linn County Board of Supervisors,
President, National Association of Counties

Mr. Richard M. Larrabee
RADM (Ret.), Director of the Port Commerce Department
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The Honorable Jane Lubchenco (NAS)
Valley Professor of Marine Biology
Department of Zoology
Oregon State University

Mr. Alfonso Martinez-Fonts (Pending Nomination)
Senior Vice President
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Honorable Dr. Paul H. O’Neill
Value Capture, LLC

Dr. Lori Peek
Associate Professor of Sociology, and
Co-Director, Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis
Colorado State University

Dr. Jon Peha (Pending Nomination)
Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy Carnegie Mellon University

Ms. Lillian Robison (Pending Nomination)

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. William D. Solecki
Professor of Geography Hunter College of the City University of New York

Mr. Ellis M. Stanley, Sr.
Executive Vice President
Hammerman & Gainer International, Inc.