Engineering for Climate Extremes: Keynote Speakers

Greg Holland photoGreg Holland, C3WE Director, NCAR
Greg Holland, C3WE's Director, also leads the Regional Climate Prediction Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He was previously Director of NCAR’s Earth System Laboratory. His current research focuses on regional climate prediction, hurricanes and applications of extreme value theory. His career in tropical meteorology includes forecasting, teaching, research, and community service, including service on a number of committees and review boards for NOAA, the National Academies and NASA, and chairing the Tropical Meteorological Program of WMO. His publications include major contributions to six textbooks and forecast manuals, and more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. Greg received his bachelors in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University.
Cindy Bruyere photoCindy Bruyère, C3WE Deputy Director, NCAR
Cindy Bruyère leads the NCAR-based systems development effort for the Engineering for Climate Extremes®. She plays a key role in the development of the Global Risk, Resilience, and Impacts Toolbox® (GRRIT®). In her role, Cindy directs efforts to incorporate tools as they are developed into GRRIT, spearheads related database construction, maintenance, and management, and is responsible for climate downscaling efforts conduct by the group. Cindy has an MSc in Dynamical Modeling and a PhD in Environmental Management. She started her career at the South African Weather Service, where she rose to Assistant Director of research programs, and Project Manager for operational systems. Her crrent research activities include understanding and predicting the impact of climate variability and change; dynamical model development; creating useful climate decision-making tools; and the development of statistical downscaling techniques.
Mari TyeMari Tye, ECEP® Lead, NCAR
Mari Tye is a Civil Engineer, with 10 years experience in flood mitigation and sustainable drainage, highways design, ports and harbor design, construction supervision, and master planning for large-scale developments. She is currently a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research specializing in the statistics of extreme and high impact weather and climate events. Before studying for her PhD related to changes in extreme rainfall over the UK at Newcastle University, she held positions at CH2M and AECOM, and briefly volunteered in Uganda as a water resource engineer. Mari holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and French from Nottingham University and has corporate membership in the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (PE Equivalent) and a PhD in Statistical Climatology.
Willy AccameWilly Accame, Environmental Director, Panattoni Development Company, Inc.
Willy is the Director of Risk Management at Panattoni Development Company where he manages risk throughout Panattoni’s global operations.  He advises in the acquisition and development of properties with environmental challenges and in the last 10 years has redeveloped over 20 million square feet of commercial property valued at almost $2 billion. He serves as NCAR Industry Advisor and leads the Climate-i for Construction work group. Willy also serves as Chair of the C3WE Advisory Panel, providing a strong industry perspective along with expertise on some of the leading extreme weather- and climate-related questions facing the construction and real estate development industry. His work has helped advance climate resilience by bridging communication between private industry and climate scientists in the United States and Europe. Willy received a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Geochemistry and Remote Sensing from Purdue University.
Peter Chan photoPeter Chan, Manager, Weather Services, IAG
Peter has more than 15 years experience in private weather consultancy and natural perils research for the insurance and reinsurance sectors. He developed a passion in extreme weather during his personal encounters with typhoons (tropical cyclones) in Hong Kong during his childhood. After graduating at Macquarie University with an Atmospheric Science degree, he began his career at Weatherzone in Sydney where he worked in operational weather forecasting, media client briefings and project management. He joined IAG in 2006 and held various roles that led to the development of insurance pricing and reinsurance catastrophe models for various natural perils. He is also responsible for major event reporting, event loss estimation, as well as providing weather alerts and insights to all levels of the company’s operations within Australia and for the overseas operations. He also provides advice on climate change and natural variability to the business.
Paul LittlePaul D. Little, CEO, Alston Construction Company, Inc. 
Paul, a leader in the construction management field, is the Chief Executive Officer of Alston Construction Company, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 40 years of industry knowledge, Paul has hands-on experience in every facet of the business. Throughout his career, Paul has successfully managed the construction of all building types including commercial, government, healthcare, industrial, education and multi-family. In 2007, Paul assumed the leadership role of Alston Construction Company, Inc. and started the process of expanding Alston into a more diversified builder. Through his leadership, Alston has broadened its construction portfolio and strengthened the company’s culture, which has led to a more diversified project portfolio. The Engineering News-Record’s “2017 Top 400 Contractors” ranked Alston among the top 100 largest general contractors in the United States.
Roger Pulwarty photoRoger S. Pulwarty, Sr. Science Advisor for Climate Research, NOAA Climate Program and Physical Sciences Division 
Roger’s publications focus on climate extremes and adaptation in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career, Roger has helped design and lead, widely recognized end-to-end programs focused on climate, impacts, and services, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments, the National Integrated Drought Information System, and the first major adaptation program of the Global Environment Fund, on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean. Roger is a lead author on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction global assessments, the IPCC Special Reports on Water Resources and on Extremes, and a convening lead author on the IPCC Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.  He has provided testimonies before the U.S. Congress, and has served on Presidential task forces focused on the water-energy-food nexus, and on national security. Roger acts as an advisor on climate risk management to a number of national and international agencies, including the Western Governors, the Organization of American States, the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent, the OECD, UNDP, and the InterAmerican and the World Banks. He is the chair of the WMO Climate Services Information System, a key pillar of the Global Framework on Climate Services, and a member of the Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee.
Robb RandallRobb M. Randall is the Senior Climate Scientist, 14th Weather Squadron
Dr. Randall represents the 14th Weather Squadron (WS) as the U.S. Air Force’s principal authority on climate science matters. He provides sound technical direction and climate science consultation to the unit and USAF leaders. He interacts with senior and principal scientists with the USAF, Department of Defense, national and international climate services community to orchestrate and shape the integration of state-of-the-climate-science data, research, and methods into Air Force’s climate services capability to optimize existing and emerging Joint Force and intelligence community requirements. The 14th WS provides innovative climate services to the DoD and other federal agencies for engineering design, environmental impacts and operations planning. Prior to his current position, Dr. Randall served as the Army Research Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science Center Chief, the Battlefield Environment Division’s entity managing and coordinating the Army Research Lab’s open campus initiative, bringing together government, industry, and academia for the mission of advancing atmospheric science and its application to critical defense technologies through a collaborative, innovative research ecosystem. Concurrently he served as Chief of the Atmospheric Dynamics Branch. Dr. Randall is a retired Air Force Officer with 28+ years of service and experience.