Charles Scawthorn, SE, D.Eng.

Academic background: Professor, Kyoto University (ret); D.Eng., Kyoto University, Japan; M.S.C.E., Lehigh University, PA; Bach. Engineering, The Cooper Union, NY.

Charles Scawthorn has 35 years of experience assessing risk and developing integrated mitigation programs for natural and technological hazards worldwide. Clients include FEMA, OES, the World Bank, Global 1000 corporations and insurance companies.

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Keith Porter PE PhD

Keith Porter, PE, PhD

Dr. Porter is a professional engineer, principal of the Denver applied research firm SPA Risk, and adjoint professor at University of Colorado Boulder. He helps nations, communities, and corporations improve their disaster resilience. He led the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves studies for FEMA and others that found that disaster mitigation avoids up to $13 in losses per $1 of cost. He led the USGS’ engineering research on four groundbreaking disaster planning scenarios: ShakeOut, ARkStorm, Tsunami, and HayWired. He led the safety assessment of San Francisco's soft-story residential buildings for the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS).

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