WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. (“WPC”) is a U.S. affiliate of RenaissanceRe. The firm focuses on modeling natural hazards and vulnerability. WeatherPredict’s team of advanced scientists draws upon expertise in oceanography, meteorology, wind engineering, seismic risk and computer simulation. Their business includes providing intelligence on atmospheric perils to a range of entities with an interest in anticipating the occurrence and outcome of weather events.
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WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. and
RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation
Mr. Tillman serves as President of WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., a U.S.-based RenaissanceRe affiliate that provides intelligence on natural perils to a range of entities. WeatherPredict focuses on modeling natural hazards as well as quantifying their effects on the range of exposures at risk. Mr. Tillman leads a dedicated team of scientists with specialties ranging across oceanography, meteorology, wind engineering, aerodynamics and earthquake risk. He has been a key participant in the development of the StormStruck exhibit at Epcot ® at Walt Disney World ® Resort and the RenaissanceRe Wall of Wind, as well as RenaissanceRe’s series of Risk Mitigation Leadership Forums that examine the role of mitigation in natural catastrophe risk management.
Mr. Tillman has been associated with RenaissanceRe since 1996. He was previously Chief Underwriting Officer for Glencoe Insurance Ltd. (now renamed RenaissanceRe Specialty Risks Ltd.), and also led RenaissanceRe’s Risk Modeling group. Mr. Tillman currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) as well as the Research Advisory Council for the IBHS Research Center.
Mr. Tillman holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mathematics, as well as the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Risk Management (ARM) designations. He is a longstanding member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
Regional Manager, Raleigh
Dr. Bachiochi is responsible for helping lead a team of WPC scientists in various operational forecast/product development and risk assessment projects driven by client needs. Dr Bachiochi has been part of WeatherPredict since its inception in 2000 and has played a pivotal role in overall R&D efforts during that time and has recently helped manage company operations in the Raleigh office. Dr Bachiochi contributes with his expertise in prediction and risk assessment for seasonal climate and ENSO, agricultural and energy interests, extra-tropical storms, tropical storms and to a lesser extent climate change.
Dr. Bachiochi has over 15 years of experience as an atmospheric scientist both academically and with WeatherPredict. His focused research academically revolved around non-linear dynamics of the atmosphere, ENSO dynamics, coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, and forecast ensemble techniques with some minor emphasis on climate data assimilation and global climate model cloud modeling. His work prior to joining WeatherPredict included pioneering work in coupled model initialization and seasonal climate SuperEnsemble forecasting. More recently, he has been involved in ensemble precipitation products, European wind storm risk products, and global weather risk evaluation for various other perils. Dr Bachiochi holds his B.S., M.S., and PhD. In Atmospheric Science from Florida State University.
Regional Manager, Narragansett
Dr. Rowe is responsible for leading a team of WeatherPredict scientists focused on hurricane risk assessment and forecasting, and works closely with clients managing their exposure to hurricane risk. Dr. Rowe joined WeatherPredict’s predecessor organization as a senior research scientist in 1999 and has assumed positions of increasing responsibility since that time, including serving as an integral part of WeatherPredict’s atmospheric and oceanic research and development efforts. Dr. Rowe is a principal contributor to many WeatherPredict initiatives including real-time tropical cyclone prediction, simulation of historical tropical cyclone events, assessment of risk from tropical cyclones and extratropical storms, and research into climatological control of tropical cyclone path and intensity.
Dr. Rowe has over 15 years experience as an oceanographer and meteorologist including several years on the research faculty at the University of Hawaii, where his research focused on the air-sea interactions in the western Pacific warm-pool that are essential for understanding the ENSO phenomenon. Dr. Rowe holds a B.S. in Physics from Guilford College and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Operational Weather Forecasting Team
Dr. Williford is presently manager of WeatherPredict’s operational weather forecasting team, which includes worldwide tropical cyclone prediction. This group is responsible for daily operational weather forecast products, including expert analysis and informational data sets, for both internal and external clientele. He co-founded WeatherPredict’s predecessor, Weather Predict Inc., in Tallahassee Florida and has had a key role in the establishment of its operational weather forecasting program. Dr. Williford is a contributor to many WeatherPredict initiatives including real-time tropical cyclone prediction, prediction and assessment of risk from tropical cyclones and extratropical storms, and research into operational weather forecast improvements, including ongoing enhancements to the worldwide precipitation and temperature forecasting and tropical cyclone prediction efforts.
Dr. Williford has 17 years of numerical weather and operational tropical prediction and analysis including the establishment of the Realtime Hurricane Forecast Center in the Meteorology department at Florida State University, under Dr. T. N. Krishnamurti’s guidance. From this effort came the Superensemble™ forecasting technology, created and patented through Florida State by Dr. Krishnamurti, and this technology was key to Dr. Williford’s research, including his dissertation topic. Dr. Williford holds a B.S. in Engineering (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering majors), began his Masters program in Meteorology at NC State University, and completed his Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Meteorology at Florida State University. While attending Florida State, he was a U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Fellow and is presently a member of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Frolov is a senior research scientist responsible for leading research, development, and operational support of products and services informing clients about ocean-related environmental hazards. Dr. Frolov started working for WeatherPredict’s predecessor organization as a consultant in 1998 and has assumed a permanent research scientist position in 2001. Dr. Frolov has initiated and led to successful completion multiple research and consulting projects for the offshore oil and gas industry. He is a principal contributor to the Eddy Forecast System – the essential tool used by WeatherPredict to forecast ocean currents in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr. Frolov has over 10 years experience as an oceanographer and computer modeler including designing computer ocean simulation and prediction systems. Dr. Frolov holds a B.S. in Theoretical Physics from St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and a M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Sylvia T. Laboy-Rodríguez joined WeatherPredict Consulting as a senior scientist responsible for leading research concerning vulnerability assessment that certain regions face due to different perils (i.e. natural and man-made hazards). Her responsibilities include assessment of vendor risk models, dead-cat damage estimates, and the development of a vulnerability evaluation platform.
During the last 16 years, Dr. Laboy-Rodriguez has conducted and participated in research related to the development of a liquefaction map for the Puerto Rico Insurance Commission, a cost effectiveness model to evaluate anti-terrorist countermeasures for bridges, developing fragility curves for concrete frame buildings with passive controllers, and evaluating the vulnerability of residential infrastructure in hurricane prone regions. She has also worked as a contractor, inspector, and professor. Her primary research interests are in vulnerability/risk assessments and hazard mitigation.
Dr. Laboy-Rodriguez holds a B.S., in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.S., in civil engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in structural and wind hazard engineering from the University of Florida.