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Suzanne Pierce, Ph.D.

Texas Disaster Information System
Director
Suzanne A. Pierce is the director of the Texas Disaster Information System and a research scientist with the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Suzanne chairs a national community of researchers using artificial intelligence to understand the earth (IS-GEO.org). Her research aims to implement integrated modeling and intelligent decision support systems to improve resilience at regional scales. She uses sociotechnical and artificial intelligence approaches to connect community-defined problem frames with complex systems models. Additionally, she collaborates on a National Science Foundation “Navigating the New Arctic” project that aims to improve water infrastructure management by linking engineered systems with indigenous knowledge. She is also leading an initiative to apply AI-enabled models of compound and cascading hazards to coastal regions in the Gulf of Mexico.