LUBBOCK, TX, March 15, 2012 /Cambridge Who's Who/
-- Ernst W. Kiesling, Ph.D., P.E., Executive Director of the National Storm Shelter Association, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in emergency services.
May 11, 1970 - Lubbock, Texas was forever changed in the wake of massive tornado that left 26 people dead, over 200 injured and millions of dollars in city property damage. Dr. Ernst W. Kiesling remembers the day well. A registered professional engineer, he played a key roll in the development of the In-Residence Storm Shelter that grew out of the research conducted as a result of the Lubbock Tornado. Now, over 40 years later, he serves as the Executive Director of the National Storm Shelter Association. For the past 11 years, he has utilized his expertise in disaster mitigation to design and construct storm shelters for use during natural disasters including tornadoes and hurricanes. Dr. Kiesling, who also manages the administrative aspects of the association, is responsible for resolving shelter quality issues, composing standards and managing the seal program, for use by member-produced and owner-installed shelters.
An active public speaker on various topics pertaining to disaster preparedness, Dr. Kiesling is recognized as a leading authority on shelter quality verification, evacuation alternatives and building variances. He also serves as a professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University. Over the years, he has garnered several awards including the FLASH Outstanding Leadership Award in 2009, the FLASH Award in 2008, the Nania Award in 2006 presented by Tulsa Partners, Inc. and recognition by FEMA in 2001. Earlier in his career, he was recognized by the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Texas Tech University in 1992.
Dr. Kiesling earned his Ph.D. in applied mechanics from Michigan State University in 1996. He was a Regional VI Project Impact Partner with FEMA and is a Leadership Partner with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). Other professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
For additional information about the National Storm Shelter Association, please visit http://www.nssa.cc
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