Richard Olson, Ph.D.
Director, Extreme Events Research
Dr. Olson is a professor and director of extreme events research at FIU. Based on both research and field experiences, Olson moved into the multidisciplinary field of disaster research, arguing for the understanding and analysis of disasters and catastrophes, as inherently and inescapably political and frequent as crises. As an expert in disaster preparedness, Dr. Olson has focused much of his research on the “Politics of Disaster.”
Keqi Zhang, Ph.D.
Interim Director, International Hurricane Research Center
As a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at FIU, Dr. Zhang is an expert in natural hazards and their effect on coastal environments. Zhang's research focuses on coastal response to sea level rise and storm impact, airborne light detection and ranging remote sensing, storm surge modeling, and the mapping of coastal hazards using geographic information systems.
Arindam Gan Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research, International Hurricane Research Center
Dr. Chowdhury is conducting groundbreaking research at the Wall of Wind facility at FIU. His current research is enabling, for the first-time ever, the innovative testing of full-scale structures fully engulfed in properly simulated hurricane flows, leading to the performance-based design for hurricanes through the direct correlation of wind speed with performance and damage levels.