The SSPEED Center hosts conferences, workshops and notable meetings to present our research and connect with our key stakeholders and the general public. If you are interested in our events, presentations, book releases or other engagements, subscribe to our email list.

AIA's Houston 2020 Exhibition

From dozens of submissions, 26 projects were selected for the exhibition, which will examine themes including: Prairie-to-Bay Ecology, Green Corridors, Hubs, the Future of Buildings, and the Future of the Energy Economy through the visions of participating architects, engineers, environmental thinkers, city planners, educators and scholars. SSPEED's Galveston Bay Park Plan was one of three proposals that was elevated as “Visionary” by a nationally acclaimed jury panel.

Online Exhibition opens August 31, 2020 (
Physical Exhibition opens Fall 2020

The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies presents “This Place Called Houston”.  Environmental lawyer, Rice University professor in the practice and poet Jim Blackburn invites you to experience Houston’s nature with new eyes in this free one-hour lecture. Learn about Gulf Coast ecology, how our bayou system works, and how this place has shaped our identity and our future possibilities as a city. Please register here.

Please join us for SSPEED's 2019 Conference, Post-Harvey Era: Resilient Engineering, Infrastructure & Policy.

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Community Meeting

On May 15, 2019, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia's Office hosted a community meeting at San Jacinto College's Central Campus. SSPEED presented the Galveston Bay Park Plan (GBPP). For me details, please check out our presentation slides and video.

GBPP  SlidesVideo

The SSPEED Center team attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU 100) Fall Meeting. Attendees included Director Phil Bedient, Research Scientist Andrew Juan and seven students.

This symposium will showcase ongoing Rice University HERE supported research related to Hurricane Harvey.

This event explores challenges, opportunities and solutions at the intersection of smart cities development, hazard resilience, and insurance.


June 08, 2018

The workshop provided all participants with the knowledge to use the USACE's hydraulic model, HEC-RAS, in 1D & 2D unsteady applications. Topics included:

  • 1D unsteady model setup & common stability issues (boundary conditions, lateral and uniform lateral inflows, HTAB parameters, bridges / culverts, and cross sections).

  • 2D model setup (develop terrain model for 2D mesh generation, external & internal boundary conditions, 2D area connections / breaklines)

  • Run 1D & 2D models and view results in RAS Mapper.

The SSPEED Center teamed up with the Young Owls Leadership Program (YOLP) at Rice to engage with nearly 60 local high school students through a lecture on the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and why we need a disaster-trained workforce. After the lecture, the SSPEED Center taught the students about engineering principles through through hands-on projects with water rockets and a bridge building activity.

​This Dutch seminar brought together experts from Texas and the Netherlands to shed light on the opportunities for mutual learning across nations and sectors. The three-part panel focused on how infrastructure, construction, emergency management and urban development can be streamlined to build flood-resilient cities.

This book sets out to be a workable pathway to protecting the Texas coast. Given our Texas mindset, this plan does not depend upon regulation but rather on economics and understanding and force of will.

SSPEED Center Spring Kick-Off Meeting

March 09, 2017

The SSPEED Center hosted a kick-off meeting with its directors, researchers, and students to discuss the next phase of work for the Houston Endowment. The day included an overview of upcoming projects, such as modeling and data group discussions, as well as opportunities for collaboration with other groups studying the Gulf Coast region.

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