The Georgia Institute of Technology has experts available to talk with reporters about issues related to Hurricane Florence such as storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, resource allocation and prioritization, and impact on infrastructure.

Hermann Fritz, Storm Surge and Flooding

Expertise: Hurricane storm surge, coastal and inland flooding. In the Southeast, Fritz led half a dozen survey trips after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and a reconnaissance on inland flooding-related dam breaches in South Carolina after Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. Storm surge and coastal flooding will be significant in North Carolina followed by massive inland floods in the state and in South Carolina. As a former Georgia Tech-Savannah campus faculty member, he is familiar with the entire coastline of South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. Fritz is a professor of civil and environmental engineering.


David Frost, Soils and Infrastructure Foundations

Expertise: Geotechnical engineering. Think soils, the subsurface and underground behavior. He studies bioinspired design. Available to talk about soils, dams, levees and bridge foundations.  Frost is chair of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER), which sends scientists all over the world after natural disasters to collect data about the impact of the events. GEER is funded by the National Science Foundation and is headquartered at Georgia Tech. Frost is a professor of civil and environmental engineering


Iris Tien, Infrastructure and Resilience

Expertise: Tien studies infrastructure and the interdependencies of infrastructure systems. She can talk about resilience; how systems like power, water, telecom, transportation, sanitation interact and influence each other; and how failures in one system can ripple into others. Tien is a professor of civil and environmental engineering.


Pinar Keskinocak, Logistics and Supply Chains in Disasters

Expertise:  Logistics of transporting supplies in the wake of natural disasters.  Challenges surrounding resource allocation and distribution post-disaster, including food, water, and medical supplies. Unintended negative consequences of “In kind” donations during times of crisis.  Keskinocak is a professor of industrial and systems engineering.


Contact: Steven Norris

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