Disaster Resilience Workshop, Plenary Discussion to Include City of Bryan Mayor and U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development

August 15, 2022

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Experts and leaders, including City of Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson, will convene on Aug. 17 at the Zachry Engineering Education Complex at Texas A&M University to discuss the technological, ecological and societal challenges natural disasters pose to food, energy and water systems. 

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022
Workshop: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plenary discussion: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Zachry Engineering Education Complex (ZACH), Texas A&M University, Chevron Room (located on 2nd floor)

This event is part of a series of regional workshops hosted across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi through the Disaster Resilient Food Energy Water Systems (DIRE-FEWS) Convergence Research Initiative, an effort sponsored by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on Sustainable Regional Systems Research Network.

The goal of the DIRE-FEWS workshops is to gather a diverse group of experts from academic and non-academic institutions and relevant stakeholder groups. This is expected to lead to meaningful partnerships that develop research, education and outreach activities aimed at preparing the Gulf coast for disasters.

The workshop agenda is available at tx.ag/DIREFEWSWorkshopAgenda

Plenary speakers:

  • Andrew Nelson, Mayor of the City of Bryan, CEO and Co-Founder of Lisam America
  • Claude Griffin, Executive Director of U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Kathy Clark, Associate Director of Emergency Disaster Services at The Salvation Army-Texas Division
  • Amit Mukherjee, Executive Director of NU Generation Foundation, Inc. and Former Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Pamela Plotkin, Director of Texas Sea Grant

Welcome remarks:

  • Yossef Elabd, Vice Chancellor for Research at Texas A&M University
  • John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist and Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Southern Regional Climate Center and Texas A&M University
  • Nim Kidd, Chief at Texas Division of Emergency Management (Video Message)

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