Dr. Louise K. Comfort, Ph.D., Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh
Louise K. Comfort is Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research interests are in decision making under conditions of uncertainty and rapid change, interactions among technical and organizational systems under stress, and uses of information technology to develop decision support systems for managers operating under urgent conditions. She uses methods of network analysis, system dynamics modeling, and focuses on the analysis of large-scale, sociotechnical, complex adaptive systems. Her current research focuses on The Dynamics of Risk: Changing Technologies, Complex Systems, and Collective Action.
Dr. Comfort holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Yale University. She is a Fellow of the U. S. National Academy of Public Administration, and has been a Visiting Scholar at five international universities. She has engaged in field studies following twenty-three earthquake disasters in fifteen countries, including reconnaissance studies of the January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, recovery from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Japan, and response and recovery from the 25 April and 12 May 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal.
What do you do if your facility suffers a power failure for two weeks due to a global dust storm? What if there is contamination in your drinking water? What if your building systems need emergency spare parts and the nearest Home Depot is 48 million miles away – every two years. That’s just some of the issues you have living in a community on Mars. MARS CITY, a joint project of the Total Learning Research Institute and NASA has had to be designed to answer those questions. A simulation of building maintenance requiring a robust BIM, a complete specification of MEP engineering equipment and a populated maintenance management software system has been developed in concert with the National Institute of Building Sciences. In this session, participants will engage in the type of team brainstorming required to understand resilience issues required for building cities on other planets – and the lessons for resilience in extreme environments on Earth.
Kerry M.Joels, Ph.D.
Dr. Joels has a Doctorate in Aerospace and Education from Oklahoma State University. His professional experience includes creative and leadership positions with NASA, the National Air and Space Museum as Education Division Director and Curator, the White House Young Astronaut Program as Director of Curriculum, and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education as first Director of Program Development. He was a founding Board member of Total Learning Research Institute and is the serving President directing the SPACE EXPLORERS Space Shuttle and Mars Simulator programs and the MARS CITY STEM Challenge effort. He served on the White House Space Exploration Initiative for Moon/Mars mission planning. Programs he has directed or created have impacted millions of students over the past 30 years. He has also been the chairman of the Space Educator Award of the National Space Club recognizing others for 33 years. He is the author of the Mars One Crew Manual and other books.
Hans Butzer, Architect, AIA, AK NW, LEED AP BD+C
Hans is an architect, educator, urban designer, developer, and investor who exercises his passion for crafting buildings and places for people through teaching and practice. Hans is the co-founder of Butzer Architects and Urbanism (BAU), together with his wife Torrey A. Butzer, Assoc. AIA. Collaborating since 1990, the Butzers lead a multi-disciplinary team that explores place-making through award-winning architecture and urban design. Notable collaborations such as the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Skydance Bridge and the SLIVR exemplify Hans’s ambitions for performance-based architecture that is fiscally, environmentally and socially sustainable.
Jeremy Boak, Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey
Jeremy Boak started as Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey in July 2015. He was Director of the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research at the Colorado School of Mines from 2008-2015. Before that, he was a project manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and manager for performance assessment of Yucca Mountain at the U. S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Boak was an exploration geologist at ARCO Oil and Gas, Inc., in Anchorage, Denver, and Bakersfield. He received BA and MS degrees, and his doctorate in Geological Sciences from Harvard University. He also received an MS degree from the University of Washington in Geological Sciences. Dr. Boak is married to Anna Stafford, a petroleum geologist and oil finder, and has a stepson Chris.
Muralee Muraleetharan, Geotechnical Engineering Professor, Kimmell-Bernard Chair in Engineering, David Ross Boyd and Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma
Prof. K.K. "Muralee" Muraleetharan is the Kimmell-Bernard Chair in Engineering and a David Ross Boyd and a Presidential Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU). He is also an Associate Director of OU's National Institute for Risk and Resilience. He joined OU in 1994 after working as a consulting engineer in California for 6 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and registered Geotechnical Engineer (G.E.) in California. In California, he worked on several major projects such as the earthquake engineering design of Port of Los Angeles’ Pier 400 and geotechnical and environmental investigations for the Los Angles Metro Rail subway tunnels. At OU he has been a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on research grants totaling over $10 million. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2006. Prof. Muraleetharan is interested in large-scale computer simulations of infrastructure (bridges, roads, levees, port facilities, etc.) subjected to extreme events (earthquakes, hurricanes, blasts, etc.), validations of these simulations using small-scale (e.g. centrifuge models) and full-scale testing, and resilience of infrastructure following extreme events. His computer simulation research involves scalable, parallel computing using finite element frameworks.
Scott Harvey, Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Oklahoma
Scott Harvey is an Assistant Professor of structural engineering in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma. His primary research interests focus on enhancing the behavior of the built environment and increasing building and bridge resilience through the development of response-modification devices. Applications include semi-active control devices and advanced vibration isolation systems for seismic hazard mitigation. He is currently engaged in the development of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s post-earthquake bridge inspection protocol in collaboration with Infrastructure Engineers, Inc. and Kleinfelder. Dr. Harvey holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Duke University.