Mitigating Natural Disaster Risks with NASA!

A virtual deep dive into how NASA Advanced Air Mobility technologies are helping mitigate risks and improve emergency response.

October 24 | 6-7:30 PM Eastern

This event will explore how NASA is helping to solve the chaotic challenges of disaster mitigation and resilience. Natural disasters unfortunately touch us all in one way or another. Whether we’re in the direct path of a disaster, or we just experience its secondary impacts such as delayed or canceled flights, postponed events, property damage, or lost business and revenue, disasters affect everyone. According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Natural disasters cost the U.S. $59 Billion a year with trends pointing higher due to climate change. These are challenges that we all have to help solve. While NASA is typically known for its lunar landings, space shuttle, and International Space Station, the space agency is also using technology to help mitigate the risks of natural disasters much closer to home.

NASA’s Advanced Capabilities for Emergency Response Operations (ACERO) project is using drones and advanced aviation technologies to improve wildland fire coordination and operations.NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility program develops new ways to assist in firefighting, supply first responders in emergencies, develop new ways to aid in disaster relief and improve our resilience against all kinds of natural disasters.

In this virtual workshop, we will learn from experts in both NASA programs and will explore how students participating in The Actuarial Foundation’s Modeling the Future Challenge can develop disaster risk mitigation topics for their MTFC research projects. Everyone is invited to join us for a packed 90 minutes to learn, connect, discuss and share ideas on how to help refine our knowledge of natural disaster risk mitigation.


Moriah Sanya

Modeling the Future Challenge Coordinator

Institute of Competition Sciences

Jason Leppin

Executive Director

The Actuarial Foundation

Dr. Marcus Johnson



Devin Boyle

Project Manager

NASA Advanced Air Mobility

Robert Lasalvia

Partnership Manager

NASA Office of STEM Engagement

* indicates required

About the Modeling the Future Challenge

The Modeling the Future Challenge, a program of The Actuarial Foundation, is a real-world research competition for high school students combining math-modeling, data-analysis, and risk-management into one exciting competition! To compete, students conduct their own research project modeling real-world data to analyze risks and make recommendations to companies, industry groups, governments, or organizations. The Challenge is managed in partnership with The Institute of Competition Sciences.


NASA’s Advanced Capabilities for Emergency Response Operations (ACERO) project – led by the agency’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California – is using drones and advanced aviation technologies to improve wildland fire coordination and operations. ACERO’s aviation advancements for wildland fire operations support NASA’s contributions to the U.S. goal of reaching net zero aviation greenhouse gas  emissions by 2050. The project also supports the NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility research, which will guide industry’s development of electric air taxis and drones and assist the Federal Aviation Administration in safely integrating such vehicles into the national airspace. ACERO is funded by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, managed by the agency’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program.

About NASA Advanced Air Mobility Program

NASA’s vision for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Mission is to help emerging aviation markets to safely develop an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, urban – using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible. AAM includes NASA’s work on Urban Air Mobility, and will provide substantial benefit to U.S. industry and the public.