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UH Engineer to Host Conference on Hurricane and Disaster Preparation and Recovery

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Audrey Grayson
Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina, Courtesy of NASA

The Gulf Coast has been spared a major hurricane in the past few years, but as most Houstonians know all-too-well, the wrath of Mother Nature is never far away.

That’s why Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan, director of the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, hosts an annual hurricane preparedness and recovery conference. This year’s 9th annual event, “Hurricanes, Major Disasters, Coastal Protection and Rapid Recovery in Texas and the Gulf Coast Region,” will be held Friday, August 4th at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel.

The Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology studies ways to prepare for and mitigate disaster caused by hurricanes, serving as a testing and research facility for developing hurricane protection products and systems, and repair technologies to mitigate losses, both onshore and offshore. Vipulanandan is a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UH Cullen College of Engineering.

Panels will include speakers from government, academia and industry on topics ranging from emergency management during a hurricane to rapid response for repairs and advanced technologies for safety, maintenance and monitoring. Vipulanandan will moderate a panel on coastal modeling, monitoring and debris management.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Hilton University of Houston Hotel, on the UH campus. In addition to the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology, sponsors include the UH departments of civil and environmental engineering and industrial engineering.

For more information, please visit http://hurricane.egr.uh.edu/events/thc-2017-conference

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