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Section 1.2

NLSI International Board of Advisors

NLSI's Board of Advisors is international in scope and covers a broad range of specializations relating to lightning safety, including the following:

A. Large-Scale Facilities
B. Education, Risk Management and Safety
C. Engineering and Physics
D. Medical
E. Meteorological and Weather Modeling
F. Recreation

A. Large-Scale Facilities

1. Richard Fisher, Physical Scientist, Industrial & Electrical Safety Division, Mine Safety & Health Administration, US Dept. Labor, Denver, CO.

2. Richard Hasbrouck P.E., Defense Sciences Engineering Division (ret.) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Livermore, CA.

3. Hartono Zainal Abidin, EE and SMIEEE, Founder and President, Lightning Research Pte. Ltd., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

B. Education, Risk Management and Safety

1. Richard Kithil, CEO & Founder, National Lightning Safety Institute, Louisville, CO (send email).

2. R. James Vavrek, Atmospheric Science Education Specialist, City School System, Hammond, IN.

3. Dr. Chandima Gomes, Associate Professor, Centre of Excellence on Lightning Protection (CELP), Dept. Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4. Arturo Galvan Diego, PhD, Researcher and technical specialist, Electrical Research Institute, Mexico.

C. Engineering and Physics

1. Michael Foley, EE, Technical Consultants Group, Denver, CO.

2. Prof. Robert Jallan'go Akello, PhD, Director of National Lightning Protection Committee of Kenya and Director Pan African Lightning Protection Agency (PALPA), Nairobi, Kenya.

3. Vladimir Rakov, PhD, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL.

4. John M. Tobias, PhD, PE ElectroQuest LLC, Toms River, NJ.

5. Dr. Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir, Institute of Power Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia.

D. Medical

1. MaryAnn Cooper, MD, Emergency Medicine, Univ. IL, Chicago, IL.
(web site:

2. Philip Yarnell MD, Neurologist, Provident Healthcare, Denver, CO.

3. Chris Andrews, MD, BE MBBS MengSc PhD Dip/CompSci EDIC MACS SMIREE SMIEEE, Chapel Hill, Queensland, Australia.

E. Meteorological and Weather Modeling

1. Daniel Breed, PhD, Associate Scientist, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorological Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NOAA), Boulder, CO.

2. Ron Holle, MS, Consultant, Oro Valley, AZ.

3. Richard Keen, PhD, Author & Climatologist, Golden, CO.

4. Mike Lozano, NLSI Chief Meteorologist, Science Reporter and Meteorologist, News 8, Austin TX.

F. Recreation

1. Brian Bennett, MEd, ATC.

2. Phil Francis, MEd ATC LAT CLSP, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX.

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