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Thursday, March 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Can the Texas Energy System withstand a disaster this summer?

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This panel addresses the role our energy stakeholders play in ensuring the resilience of our critical infrastructure. Disasters like the Minnesota bridge collapse, the 2009 disaster in Galveston, and Hurricane Katrina, remind us of our dependence on—and the fragility of—physical infrastructure. Whether it is roads, power lines or water treatment plants, infrastructure is critical to modern society, and it is in trouble. Big trouble. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. public infrastructure a D+ based on its physical condition and needed investments for improvement. At the same time, traditional investors are running out of money, such as the federal Highway Trust Fund, which is expected to run out of funds by November 2015. Where must the energy industry get involved to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of all neighbors, hospitals, schools, and places of worship and business? This panel brings five experts together to discuss exactly that. 

Moderator
avatar for Edward R. Saltzberg, Ph.D.

Edward R. Saltzberg, Ph.D.

Managing Director, The Security and Sustainability Forum
Dr. Saltzberg is a corporate office in the Willdan Group, responsible for federal program development.  A 50 year old public professional services firm, Willdan specializes in energy services, homeland security, financial services, and engineering and planning.  It has offices across the United States serving government, utilities and commercial clients.  Dr Saltzberg is also the Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Bame, Ph.D.

Sherry Bame, Ph.D.

Professor, Urban Planning Program, Texas A&M University
Before moving to Texas A&M University in 1984, Sherry Bame, Ph.D., taught at the University of Michigan and Boston University as well as worked and consulted in public health, occupational health, hospital systems, and health services research in the east coast and mid-west. While at Texas A&M, she has taught and conducted research in health systems planning and policy, environmental health policy, and sustainable urban planning, with... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Clement

Kevin Clement

Strategic Planner, Texas Office of Homeland Security
Kevin Clement has served as a Strategic Planner in the Texas Office of Homeland Security since December 2012.  In this capacity he wrote the Texas Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency Plan (TISR) and its accompanying Action Plan, and led the Continuity of Operations planning initiative for state agencies.  In recent months he has led joint DHS-Texas pilot programs for the Resilience Implementation Process and development of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Legatt, Ph.D.

Michael Legatt, Ph.D.

Principal Human Factors Engineer, ERCOT
Michael Legatt serves as the principal human factors engineer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the independent system operator that manages the flow of electricity to 22.7 million Texas customers. Dr. Legatt has been a programmer for over 20 years, and worked in the energy, financial, medical, neuroscience research and educational sectors. He has a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology/neuropsychology from the Ferkauf... Read More →
avatar for Shawn M. Strange

Shawn M. Strange

Special Projects Manager, NDRC, Texas General Land Office
Shawn M. Strange is a Special Projects Manager currently working on the Texas Application for the National Disaster Resilience Competition.  Since 2014 he has worked on policy development and design for a $3.1 billion Community Development Block Grant for communities affected by nationally declared disaster declarations in Texas for the Disaster Recovery Division of the Texas General Land Office. Prior to his work with the State of Texas... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Level M2 | 203 AT&T Conference Center

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