Engineering Systems and Environment professor Jon Goodall will co-chair and serve as a subject matter expert for a new study committee of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine initiated through Virginia Senate Joint Resolution No. 38, passed during the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly. The resolution directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to “study the safety, quality of life and economic consequences of weather and climate-related events on coastal areas in Virginia.”

The Virginia Academy was created in 2013 in the mold of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to serve a similar purpose for the commonwealth — to bring together accomplished and innovative leaders in science, engineering and medicine to carry out studies and provide nonpartisan, objective guidance to decision-makers on the most challenging issues of the day.

Goodall will co-chair the new committee with Antonio Elias, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, where he serves as secretary and treasurer, and retired executive vice president and chief technical officer of Orbital ATK.