(Above photo): NWI Ph.D. student Pataya Scott works the NSSA informational booth at the recent National Tornado Summit.
NWI Research Professor and NSSA Executive Director Dr. Ernst Kiesling was invited to present the keynote lecture at the recent 2014 National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City, OK. According to the website, the summit serves as a national forum for experts and professionals to exhange ideas and recommend new policies to improve emergency management with regard to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the U.S.
Dr. Kiesling has spent most of his career at TTU in teaching, research, administration, and public service. He leads the storm shelter research within the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech.
In the early 1970's, he and his colleagues developed the above-ground storm shelter capable of providing a very high degree of protection from extreme winds. To some, he is known as "the Father of the Safe Room". He was instrumental in founding the NSSA and has served as E.D. of the National Storm Shelter Association since its inception in 2000.
Photo Credit: Cynthia Barbosa, NSSA.