Keynotes

 
Dr. Harold Brooks
Senior Scientist
National Severe Storms Lab


Dr. Brooks is a research meteorologist and Senior Scientist in the Forecast Research and Development Division at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. He majored in physics and math at William Jewell College and graduated in 1982, with a year at the University of Cambridge studying archaeology and anthropology. His master’s degrees are from Columbia University in Atmospheric Sciences. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Atmospheric Sciences. After graduating from 
Illinois
, he was a National Research Council Research Associate at NSSL and joined the permanent staff there in 1992. During his career, his work has focused on why, when, and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are.  He has been an author on two IPCC Assessment Reports and a US Climate Change Science Program report on extreme weather. He organized the Weather Ready Nation workshop to identify scientific priorities for severe weather forecasting in 2012.. He received the United States Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal in 2002 for his work on the distribution of severe thunderstorms in the United States, 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. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.



Dr. Daan Liang
Professor and Interim Director of the National Wind Institute
Texas Tech University

Daan Liang is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) and holds the position of the Interim Director of National Wind Institute (NWI), an intellectual hub for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education, research, and commercialization related to wind science, wind energy, wind engineering and wind hazard mitigation at Texas Tech University. In this role, Liang is the chief administrator responsible for leadership, management, and stewardship of NWI’s facilities, finance, personnel, and operation. He is also responsible for an interdisciplinary doctoral program in wind science and engineering and strategic relationships with other research centers, universities, industries, government agencies, and national laboratories. His research interests include windstorm damage assessment, disaster mitigation and recovery, and structural health monitoring of civil structures. He has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Texas Department of Transportation, and private industry. Liang received his B.S. degree in Engineering Management from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1997, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo, NY, USA, in 1999 and 2001, respectively.

 

Dr. Robert Korty
Associate Professor
Texas A&M College of Atmospheric and Geographic Science

Dr. Korty is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M, where he has been on the faculty since 2007.  Dr. Korty earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. in Climate Physics and Chemistry from MIT.  His research interests include large-scale climate dynamics, and for the last several years has focused on the question of how tropical cyclones respond to changes in climate.  He teaches courses in dynamics, tropical meteorology, and statistical methods.




 
Rick Mitchell
Meteorologist
NBC 5, Dallas-Fort Worth


Rick Mitchell has been a broadcast meteorologist for nearly 30 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in atmospheric science.   Out of college he spent three years at  AccuWeather before moving on to television.   His television career began in Des Moines before heading to Oklahoma City where he spent 18 years.  He currently works for KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth.  He has covered just about every weather phenomenon from tornadoes and hurricanes, to blizzards and ice storms.  In 2018, he will take over as chief meteorologist at KXAS becoming only the third chief meteorologist in the station’s history.
 
 Photo of Dawson, Clint N.Dr. Clint Dawson
Professor, Department Associate Chair
University of Texas at Austin, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

Clint Dawson is a native Texan, graduating with BS and MS degrees from Texas Tech, and a Ph.D. from Rice University.  Since 1995, he has been a faculty member in the aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics department, and a core member of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.  He holds the John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering, and heads the Computational Hydraulics Group at UT Austin.  His research focuses on algorithms and high performance computing for coastal ocean modeling, with applications to hurricane storm surge and environmental modeling.