The Texas House of Representatives has passed a resolution honoring Nick Fang, a Rice University alumnus and assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, for his work in helping develop a real-time flood alert system for Houston.
In the resolution, State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, who introduced it, commended Fang for “his involvement in creating a state-of-the-art flood alert system at the Texas Medical Center (TMC).” The Medical Center’s “resilience during Hurricane Harvey demonstrated the enormous potential of an advanced warning system to save lives and avert the devastation caused by a catastrophic flood.”
Fang recently developed advanced features for the flood alert system at TMC using NEXRAD radar data. The system delivers real-time information at fas4.flood-alert.org.
It was developed over several years with funding from TMC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and has been used in more than 50 storms.
Fang earned his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering (CEE) from Rice in 2008. At Rice, Fang is a research scientist and adjunct assistant professor of CEE, and serves as project manager and assistant to the director in the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) at Rice. The director is Philip Bedient, Herman Brown Professor of CEE and formerly Fang’s doctoral adviser.