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Philip B. Bedient

Herman Brown Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice 
Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice
Director, SSPEED Center

Dr. Bedient has four decades of research experience in surface water hydrology, disaster management, and flood modeling and prediction systems. Dr. Bedient developed one of the first radar-based rainfall flood alert system (FAS4) in the U.S. for Houston Texas Medical Center. He formed the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University in 2007 consisting of several investigators from the Gulf Coast universities dedicated to improving storm prediction, education, and evacuation from disaster. The $10-million Center has recently designed the Galveston Bay Park Plan that protects the Houston Ship Channel and west side of Galveston Bay.