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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Metcalf
561-297-3022, lmetcalf@fau.edu

FAU Experts for the 2014 Hurricane Season

BOCA RATON, FL (May 30, 2014) – With hurricane season upon us, several Florida Atlantic University faculty members are available to discuss issues surrounding hurricane preparation and awareness, including:


College of Engineering and Computer Science

P.D. Scarlatos, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the civil, environmental and geomatics engineering department. He specializes in water resources and environmental engineering with particular expertise in wave mechanics, coastal erosion and hurricane flooding. Scarlatos can be reached at 561-297-0466 (office) or pscarlat@fau.edu .

D.V. Reddy, Ph.D., is a civil engineering professor who specializes in structural and geo-technical engineering. He can provide tips for minimizing the damage associated with hurricanes to marine structures, such as bridges and coastal protection systems. Reddy can be reached at 561-297-3443 (office), 561-495-0545 (home) or dreddy@fau.edu .


Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Leonard Berry, Ph.D., is the director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies. He specializes in water management, flooding and general environmental issues specific to South Florida and the tropics. Berry can be reached at 561-799-8544 (office) or berry@fau.edu .


Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Edward Proffitt, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of biological sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. He can provide information on hurricane disturbance effects and recovery of mangroves, salt marshes, sea grasses, soft corals and invertebrate populations. Proffitt can be reached at 772-242-2207 (office) or cproffit@fau.edu

Mingshun Jiang , Ph.D., is an associate research professor at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute specializing in coastal inundation, estuarine-coastal dynamics, and marine ecosystem modeling including impacts of storms on coastal flooding, water quality and ecosystems. Jiang can be reached at 772-242-2254 (office) or  jiangm@fau.edu .

Laurent Cherubin, Ph.D., is an associate research professor at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute specializing in ocean modeling and observations at HBOI. He is knowledgeable about natural forces and systems that can exacerbate storm surges, flooding and unusual high sea levels along the coast of Florida. Cherubin can be reached at 772-242-2314 (office) or lcherubin@fau.edu .

 

College for Design and Social Inquiry

Anthony Abbate is the associate provost of FAU’s Broward campuses and professor of architecture specializing in hurricane safety and preparations in FAU’s School of Architecture. He can be reached at 954-762-5295 (office) or aabbate@fau.edu .

Deirdre Hardy is a professor and the director of FAU’s School of Architecture. She is certified as a safety assessment specialist by the California Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Hardy can be reached at 954-762-5654 (office) or at dhardy@fau.edu .

Alka Sapat, Ph.D., is an associate professor of public administration, and specializes in pre-and post- disaster policy analysis, as well as in vulnerability and resilience policy evaluation and design. She can be reached at 561-297-0443 (office) or at asapat@fau.edu .


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Mark Goldstein is the senior director of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine's medical simulation centers. FAU’s medical simulation centers train members of Broward and Palm Beach counties’ Medical Reserve Corp to respond in the event of a major hurricane in South Florida. Goldstein’s areas of expertise include training on the identification, isolation and treatment of various emergency scenarios, including natural disasters. He can be reached at 561-297-1374 (office) or mgolds17@fau.edu .


College of Business

Attila Hertelendy, Ph.D., NREMT-P, is an instructor in the health administration program within FAU’s College of Business. Hertelendy is a nationally registered paramedic and a certified fire officer, and he is certified as an instructor through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is able to provide information and comment on emergency management, disaster preparedness, healthcare administration and emergency medical services. Hertelendy has had operational experience at several large-scale disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. He can be reached at 561-297-2810 (office) or ahertele@fau.edu .

 

For more information on FAU’s faculty experts, contact Lisa Metcalf, FAU’s director of media relations, at 561-297-3022 or lmetcalf@fau.edu .

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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