Mark Abkowitz is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Abkowitz specializes in risk assessment, management and communication; community and infrastructure resilience; and transportation systems analysis. He has served as a researcher and consultant to a wide variety of businesses and government agencies, authored numerous publications, and appeared on national television and radio to discuss natural disasters. Dr. Abkowitz was appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board; is the recipient of the Charles H. Hochman Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred by the National Academy of Sciences; and has been inducted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is also the author of Operational Risk Management - A Case Study Approach to Effective Planning and Response, published by John Wiley & Sons. Dr. Abkowitz currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation Research Board - Committee on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Adaptation, a part of the TRB Resilience Section.