Three departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering will have new departmental chairs, effective July 1, including Philip B. Bedient in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is founding director of the Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED). After Hurricane Ike in 2008, the SSPEED Center initiated research into ways of better preparing and defending Houston and Galveston from storm surge and flooding. His current research is focused on the impact Hurricane Harvey had on Houston in 2017.
Bedient is also the designer of the Rice University and Texas Medical Center Flood Alert System (FAS4). Bedient joined the Rice faculty in 1975, the year he earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida. He previously served as CEE department chair from 1992 to 1999.
He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Hydrology, American Water Resources Association, Association of Environmental Engineering Professors, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and the American Geophysical Union.