* Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT);
* University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;
* Loyola University, Chicago;
* Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, Hawaii;
* Coastal Engineering Research Center, Washington D.C.
* Director, International
Tsunami Information Center, of UNESCO-IOC (United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organization- Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission), (1974 to 1992).
* Tsunami Advisor, State of Hawaii, Civil Defense Agency (1974-1992).(Volunteer
* Oceanographer, U.S. Army, Coastal Engineering Research Center
(CERC), Washington, D.C.(1972-1974).
* Oceanographer for the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers (1970-1972).
* Technical Director and Geologist, Mermex S.A. Mining Corporation,
* Director, World Data Center A-Tsunami; Oceanographer, International
Tsunami Information Center (ITIC), National Ocean Survey (1967-1970).
* Geophysicist, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, University of
* Research Chemist, Joanna Western Mills Company, Chicago, Illinois
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS (A
* Chief Scientist and Consultant to UNDP (United Nations Development
Program) on Southwest Pacific Mission to Develop a Regional Five
Year Plan for Disaster Mitigation.
* Consultant to: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission /
Marine Sciences Section of UNESCO
* Consultant to UNDRO (United Nations Disaster Relief Organization),
Geneva; Special training programs in developing countries in
* Member: Special UNESCO Committee which developed the program
of implementation for the Secretary General of the United Nations
on the International Decade for Natural Disaster Mitigation (IDNDR).
* Consultant: Nuclear Regulatory Commission and predecessor agency,
the Atomic Energy Commission, on nuclear plant siting, Hurricane
and hurricane surge effects, review of Environmental impact statements,
and other varied assignments.
* Co-author of American Nuclear Society National and International
Environmental Standards for Nuclear Power Plants, safety, and
siting. Participant: President's Council on Environmental Quality
* Extensive experience
on mathematical modeling of hurricanes, hurricane surges, and
* Coastal and Ocean Engineering.
* Extensive experience in environmental work (Effects of ocean
dumping; coastal processes).
* Applied tsunami research, including: Focal mechanisms of earthquakes
and tsunamis (with N. S F. support);
* Development of methodology for studying tsunami propagation
and terminal effects;
* Historical documentation of tsunamis in Hawaii, Alaska, the
Pacific and Atlantic Oceans;
* Quantitative surveys of the most important tsunamis to strike
Hawaii for the last fifty years;
* Development of tsunami inundation limits for coastal evacuation
* Development of mathematical modeling for tsunami travel times
* Development of methodology for fast earthquake epicenter determinations;
real time assessment of the tsunami hazard for warning purposes.
* Earthquake, Tsunami, and Hurricane Surveys
* Environmental Impact Statements.
* Risk analysis.
* Development of a multi phase approach to environmental hazard
vulnerability reduction and preparedness.
* Planning and preparedness for environmental hazard risk reduction.
* Standard Operating Plans for Civil Defense Agencies.
Organized and chaired
or co-chaired several international conferences, symposia, and
workshops, on disasters and mitigation of disasters in United
States, Canada, Chile, Peru, Mexico, China, Phillipines, Ecuador,
former Soviet Union,and elsewhere. The following are a few examples:
* Co-Chairman: International Tsunami Workshop, August 1989, Novosibirsk,
* Co-Chairman / Keynote Speaker: Fourth International Conference
on Natural Disaster Mitigation, August 1991, Perugia, Italy.
* Chairman: Third International Conference on Disaster Mitigation,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California
La Jolla, California, and at CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico,1988.
* Chairman: XI Session of the International Tsunami Warning System
in the Pacific, UNESCO-IOC,September 1987, Beizing, China.
/ Leadership in Disaster Mitigation.
Since 1965, when
the International Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific was established
at a meeting in Honolulu, instrumental in increasing the membership
from the original 6 nations to 25. (presently 28). As Director
of ITIC under the auspices of the United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Intergovernmental
Oceanographic Commission (IOC), handled and processed all Tsunami
investigations around the world; monitored tsunami warning system
automation; prepared detailed data bases for historical tsunamis;
arranged for membership of several nations into the Tsunami Warning
System; published and distributed educational newsletters to
75 countries around the world; prepared, participated and distributed
master plans for the development of tsunami warning systems in
the Pacific; assisted developing countries with disaster preparedness;
developed and published numerous educational materials; conducted
liaison activities and international cooperation with agencies
in more than 50 different countries; managed and conducted a
very successful international visiting scientists training program
in Hawaii; monitored and performed important tsunami research;
participated, chaired and gave keynote addresses at several international
conferences in Europe, China and the Americas; published a glossary
with definitions of more than 3,000 technical terms; edited and
published voluminous proceedings of conferences; published numerous
papers, books and reports; performed noteworthy community services;
responded to hundreds of inquiries for assistance from numerous
countries around the world.
for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR):
Active in the International
Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR), by having contributed
to the United Nations master planning for implementation, particularly
for developing countries.
Societies: Co-founder and officer of the Tsunami Society
(President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary) and the International
Society for Natural Hazards Mitigation (Vice-President, incorporating
it as a non-profit international organization in Hawaii). Served
as Chairman or co-organizer of Conferences for these societies
in Hawaii, Canada, China, former Soviet Union, Mexico, and in
Awards: Numerous awards and commendations.
In 1988, nominated and was one of the two
finalists for the prestigious United Nations (UNDRO-Sasakawa)
award for international contributions to disaster mitigation
(award given to the Prime Minister of Fiji).
In September, 1993, at an International
Conference in Tokyo, Japan, a gold plaque was awarded for numerous
contributions to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
of UNESCO, over an 18-year period as Director of the International
Tsunami Information Center.
(2002) of the
International Tsunami Society for original and outstanding contributions
to the Science of Tsunami Hazards
Hobbies and other
Writing, Poetry, the Arts; Also served as Vice-President and
Parliamentarian, National Society of Arts and Letters, NSAL,
Hawaii Chapter); Insignia Chairman - National Society).
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