ASCE Update and Bridge Scour during Extreme Events
Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., Distinguished Member ASCE, ASCE President, University Distinguished Professor and Buchanan Chair Holder, Texas A&M
Jean Louis Briaud is the current ASCE President and a Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University and the Holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. His expertise is in foundation engineering and more generally geotechnical engineering.
Over the last 30 years, Dr. Briaud has conducted about 10 million dollars of research most of which was on foundations and retaining walls. He has supervised 50 Ph.D. students and 90 Master students. He is the author of a new book entitled Geotechnical Engineering and one entitled The Pressuremeter; he has published about 300 articles and reports in geotechnical engineering. Among other awards, he has received the ASCE Ralph Peck Award from the USA, the CGS Geoffrey Meyerhof Foundation Engineering Award from Canada, the Honorable Aitalyev Medal from Kazakhstan, and is a member of the National Academy of Natural Sciences in Russia.
USACE R&D Tackling the Climate Crisis
David Pittman, Ph.D., P.E., Director, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
Dr. David W. Pittman became the Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in March 2017. As Director, he manages one of the most diverse research organizations in the world – seven laboratories located in four states, with more than 2,100 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and a $1 billion annual program.
Dr. Pittman is also the Director of Research and Development and Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In that role, he is responsible for creating policy and performing strategic planning, direction and oversight of R&D for the Corps’ Military and Civil Works programs and for the Warfighter. He advises the Chief of Engineers on matters of science and technology and sets conditions for success in all S&T conducted in the Corps.
Rethinking Extreme Event Probability and Risk
Michael E. McMahon, ENV SP, Senior Hydro-meteorologist/Climate Science and Resiliency, HDR, Inc.
Mr. Mike McMahon has 38 years of experience as a dedicated Scientist and Project Manager. The concentration of his body of work has been focused on understanding and communicating the interactions of the Land-Water-Atmosphere nexus.
His projects and research include climate change quantification, impact analysis and adaptation planning, extreme storm event analysis, flood warning, monitoring and response, water supply management, stormwater and wastewater modeling, forensic storm event analyses, EIR/EIS documentation, and GIS mapping for climate adaptation strategies. He is currently serving as SME on both FERC dam safety and FEMA climate resilience projects.
Updating the Site-Specific PMP and PMF for the Coosa & Tallapoosa River Basin Hydro Projects Using Modern Techniques
Richard L. Mickwee, Dam Safety & Surveillance Supervisor, Southern Company Generation
Richard Mickwee is the Dam Safety & Surveillance Supervisor for Southern Company Generation in Alabama. He serves as the Chief Dam Safety Engineer for the fourteen projects in Alabama Power Company’s hydroelectric fleet.
He has 24 years of professional experience in dam safety and geotechnical engineering. Richard joined the Southern Company Hydro Services dam safety team in 2005 and has been the Chief Dam Safety Engineer for Alabama Power Company since 2015.
He graduated from Auburn University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and has been a registered Professional Engineer since 2002. He lives with his family in Trussville, Alabama near Birmingham.
EDS Reconnaissance Trips: Edenville and Sanford Dam Failures and CA Highway 1 Failure
Daniel Pradel, PhD PE GE DGE F.ASCE, Professor of Practice, Ohio State University
Daniel Pradel is Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University in Geotechnical Engineering. Previously he was Vice-President of Shannon & Wilson in Glendale, California, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA, where he has been teaching since 1988.
He is registered in the State of California as a Geotechnical Engineer and as a Civil Engineer in California, Hawaii, Utah and Nevada. His main areas of professional expertise are in Slope Stability and Geomechanical Numerical Modeling. He has performed numerous reconnaissance visits after major natural hazard events such as Earthquakes, Landslides and Hurricanes.
Since 1982, he has worked on projects located in four continents, including large dams and multibillion transportation projects. He has also designed numerous landslide stabilizations, worked on levees for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and performed numerous geotechnical investigations and designs for residential and commercial buildings.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Diplomate of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, an ABET Commissioner, and an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering.
Dimitrios Zekkos, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Dimitrios Zekkos, Ph.D, P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Dimitrios is applying multi-sensing approaches enabled by satellites, robots, and on-the-ground deployments to collect data and model the performance of infrastructure systems in response to a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, monsoons, hurricanes as well as climate change.
Dimitrios has been involved in several post-disaster reconnaissance missions such as the 2011 Tohoku (Japan) earthquake, the 2014 Cephalonia earthquake, 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) earthquake and subsequent monsoons, the 2015 Lefkada earthquake, the 2016 Kaikoura (New Zealand) earthquake, and the 2020 Medicane Ianos.
Delivering science for extreme events: The USGS role before, during and after disaster strikes
Dave Applegate, Ph.D., Associate Director for Natural Hazards, Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, USGS
Dave Applegate is the Associate Director for Natural Hazards. In that role, he leads USGS hazards planning and response activities and oversees the Coastal & Marine Geology, Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic Network, Geomagnetism, Landslide Hazards, and Volcano Hazards Programs. He co-chairs the interagency Science for Disaster Reduction working group and co-leads the Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group. Applegate came to the USGS in 2004 as the first Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards.
In addition to his USGS duties, Applegate is an adjunct full professor in the University of Utah's Department of Geology and Geophysics. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America and is a past president of the Geological Society of Washington.
Prior to joining the USGS, Applegate spent 8 years with the American Geological Institute federation of geoscience societies, where he directed science policy and served as the editor of Geotimes. Applegate has also served with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as the American Geophysical Union's Congressional Science Fellow and as a professional staff member.
Dr. Applegate has a B.S. in geology from Yale University and a Ph.D., also in geology, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Geo-Engineering, reversing the Resilience Divide
William Craig Fugate, the former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
W. Craig Fugate served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017. Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001–2007 and Governor Charlie Crist from 2007–09.
Fugate led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Fugate set a clear and compelling vision, mission, and priorities for FEMA and relentlessly drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors. FEMA’s effectiveness in dealing with more than 500 Presidentially-declared major disasters and emergencies under Fugate’s leadership restored the faith of the American people in the Federal Government’s ability to respond to disasters. Prior to his tenure at FEMA, Fugate was widely praised for his management, under Governor Jeb Bush, of the devastating effects of the 2004 and 2005 Florida hurricane seasons (Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma).
Craig currently provides senior level advice and consultation is the area of disaster management and resiliency policy through Craig Fugate Consulting LLC. Craig also serves as the Chief Emergency Management Officer at One Concern.