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April 28 -29, 2022 | Rice University

More than 150 attendees gathered for the SSPEED Center's 10th Conference, "Post-Harvey Climate and Flood Impacts on the Built Environment "at the Rice Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Over the two-day conference, over 30 top academic, consulting and governmental experts presented on a wide variety of topics, including Urban Design & Policy for Flood Protection, Climate Change and Recent Storms, Impact of the Big Freeze and Energy Systems, COVID in the Environment, and Institute for Disaster Resilient Texas. We have heard a lot of good feedback on the success of the conference and we look forward to regathering in the fall of 2023. Learn more here.

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SSPEED Meets with TU Delft Masters Students

April 18, 2022 | Rice University

SSPEED and TU Delft Masters students meet for technical exchange and an overview of SSPEED's Galveston Bay Park Plan

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July 19, 2021

Rice University’s Phil Bedient has been awarded the American Institute of Hydrology's Ray K. Linsley Award in honor of outstanding contributions in surface water hydrology.

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May 24, 2021

Early-warning system covers hospitals, nursing homes, other critical facilities on Brays, Sims, Hunting and White Oak bayous

Natural bayou better when floods threaten Houston

March 11, 2020

Dr. Bedient presents Coastal Surge Protection: Galveston Bay Park Plan at Engineering Change Lab's Summit 8.

Bedient presents at Engineering Change Lab's Summit 8

March 11, 2020

Dr. Bedient presents Coastal Surge Protection: Galveston Bay Park Plan at Engineering Change Lab's Summit 8.

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Bedient presents at Houston Global Health Collaborative's 8th Annual Conference

March 7, 2020

​Dr. Bedient presents Flooding in Houston under Climate Threats at Houston Global Health Collaborative's 8th Annual Conference at Houston Methodist.

Bedient Research Alumna named Assistant Professor

December 15, 2020

Congratulations to SSPEED’s former Postdoctoral Researcher, Antonia Sebastian. Dr. Sebastian recently joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor of Flood Resilience in the Department of Geological Sciences, and is joint appointed within the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program (E3P). 

Bedient Research Group presents at AGU

December 10, 2019

Four SSPEED posters were presented at AGU's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. Fall Meeting is the largest international Earth and space science meeting in the world.

Bedient Named Department Chair

June 13, 2019

Bedient was named Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair in July 2019 and will serve through 2022. He joined Rice Faculty in 1975 and previously served as Department Chair from 1992-1999. 

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