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Florida Tech Faculty Available to Talk Extreme Weather

With hurricane season starting June 1 and unpredictable summer weather fast approaching, faculty experts from Florida Institute of Technology are available to speak on various relevant topics.

They are available to discuss hurricanes, lightning strikes, flooding, beach erosion, weather damage, transportation issues, evacuations, the psychology of extreme weather, and more.

Here are specific categories:

  • Marine meteorology and coastal beach erosion due to storm surge: George Maul, professor of oceanography and fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
  • The science of hurricanes, coastal meteorology, wind and wave modeling, thunderstorms and climate: Steven Lazarus, professor of ocean sciences.
  • Lightning science, from formation to ground strikes: Hamid Rassoul, dean of the College of Science and professor of physics and space sciences.
  • Wind damage to structures; storm mitigation measures; safeguarding home, business and infrastructure; and post-storm cleanup: Albert Bleakley, associate professor of construction management.
  • Evacuation decisions and transportation issues: Rodrigo Mesa-Arango, assistant professor, head of Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management.
  • Psychological effects before and after an extreme weather event, and managing stress: Victoria Follette, chair and professor of clinical psychology.

To arrange telephone, in-person or on-camera interviews, please contact University News Bureau Chief Adam Lowenstein at adam@fit.edu or 321-674-8964 or Communications Officer Shelley Preston at spreston@fit.edu or 321-674-8937.

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