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Monday, 06 May 2013 04:23

RS announces the scheduling of a seminar on “Risks of extreme sea-level and weather conditions  due to a changing climate,” on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Research Sector announces the organization of a seminar on “Risks of extreme sea-level and weather conditions  due to a changing climate,”  to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 10.00 am., and  cordially invites the presence of all faculty members and staff to draw benefit from a critical theme concerning extreme sea-levels risks and its implications, an area   that is as challenging, as it is scientifically significant in the national and social context. The lecture, hosted by the Vice President for Research, Prof. Hasan Al-Sanad, would be presented by Prof. Bilal M. Ayyub,  Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, and Director of Center for Technology & Systems Management, USA.  The seminar’s  focus would be on global climate likely trends, and consequent global sea level rise, combined with potentially increased rates of extreme weather conditions, necessitating reconsideration of current planning, engineering and management practices of infrastructure, especially in view of recent storms in US, and the resulting   flooding, power loss, nuclear power plant implications, etc.  The seminar would also highlight vulnerability assessment, infrastructural enhancement, and community resilience, including illustrations  on the Washington DC area, with the  methodology applicable to other regions.
 

The seminar is  aimed at KU  academic staff, researchers,  administrators and students,  to sensitizer them to the gross realities of weather and sea-levels risks in  a changing climate,  and associated uncertainties. The seminar would be held at the Administration Building (119),  Khaldiya Campus, Kuwait University. All are cordially invited.


About Prof. Ayyub:
Prof. Ayyub, whose major research interests include risk, uncertainty and decision analysis, and systems engineering applied to civil, infrastructure, energy, defense and maritime fields,  is the holder of PhD and MSCE’s degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta in 1983,  and 1981, respectively, with BSCE from Kuwait  University in 1980, and  has  accomplished several R & D  projects for governmental and private entities. Dr. Ayyub is the recipient of several awards from ASCE, ASNE, ASME, NAFIPS, the Department of Army, and the Governor of the State of Maryland, and  has  over 600 journal publications, conference proceedings and reports, as well as  textbooks to his credit. His wide-ranging experience and expertise also include such key positions as: Professor of Reliability Engineering since 1985; Professor of Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation since 2009; Affiliate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy since 2006; Co-Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory since 2002; Consulting Professor at U. S. Navy from 1993 to 2001; President of BMA Engineering, Inc. since 1987, Board Member of several research and development companies and non-profit organizations, including start-up companies receiving millions of dollars in venture-capital funding.

 

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