Frank I. González, Ph.D.
Frank served as Leader of the NOAA/PMEL Tsunami Research Program from 1985 until 2006, when he became the founding Director of the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research (NCTR). His work focused on the development of inundation maps for member States of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and the development of the NOAA Tsunami Forecast System, which integrates deep-ocean measurement technology and tsunami modeling technology to produce real-time forecasts of tsunami impact on coastal communities. He has participated in field surveys of three devastating tsunamis that occurred in Nicaragua (1992), Indonesia (1992) and Japan (1993). As an affiliate Professor at the University of Washington and NCTR scientist, he now focuses on tsunami education and research.