Dr. Tanya M. Brown-Giammanco is NIST’s Disaster and Failure Studies director, leading a multidisciplinary staff responsible for conducting fact-finding field investigations and studies focused on: building and infrastructure failures; successful building and infrastructure performance; evacuation and emergency response systems; and disaster recovery and community resilience. Dr. Brown-Giammanco’s research has focused on natural hazards and their effects on buildings and roofing, the development of laboratory testing methodologies, and the development of tools, metrics, and statistical relationships to quantify and explain damage states, to advocate for better building practices and materials. She has a B.S. in atmospheric science and a M.S. in water resources science from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in wind science and engineering from Texas Tech University. She is a faculty associate at Texas Tech University. She supports the management and operations of the Hurricane Ian study, and provides subject matter expertise in the wind and wind-driven rain impacts project.
Mr. Nico de Toledo is a wind and coastal hazards researcher in the Structures Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His research focuses on the impacts of severe windstorms on critical facilities and infrastructure. His academic background is in geology and coastal erosion. Within the Hurricane Ian project, Mr. de Toledo supports the team with geospatial analysis and writing across projects.
Dr. Dylan Sanderson is a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Community Resilience Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Sanderson’s research interests include regional risk and resilience modeling of communities subject to coastal hazards. He obtained both his master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Oregon State University. Prior to attending Oregon State University, he worked for the US Army Corps of Engineer’s Research and Development Center (ERDC) in the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. Here, he was a principal investigator for two probabilistic lifecycle analysis models of coastal storm risk reduction, Beach-fx and G2CRM. Dr. Sanderson supports the storm surge effects project for the Hurricane Ian study.