Triple-I Names Wildfire Expert as Its Newest Non-Resident Scholar


For immediate releaseContact: Janet Ruiz, Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), 707-490-9365,   

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2022—Dr. Craig Clements, a Professor of Meteorology at California’s San José State University (SJSU) and the Director of SJSU’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, has been appointed a non-resident scholar at the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I).“The Triple-I is excited to have Dr. Clements join our organization given his expertise in the scientific factors which drive wildfires and his knowledge about how to mitigate against them,” stated Sean Kevelighan, CEO, Triple-I. “Since the five largest wildfires in California’s history have occurred since 2018, developing public policies to combat them is a high priority in the nation’s most populous state.”Dr. Clements joins a group of 18 distinguished Triple-I non-resident scholars. These individuals provide insights about timely issues facing the insurance industry; deliver presentations; moderate panel discussions; and write and review white papers and research projects. Their work is supplemented by Triple-I products such as its online Resilience Accelerator.“San Jose State University’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center shares with the Triple-I a core mission--educating the public and policymakers about the threats to life and property posed by wildfires,” Dr. Clements said. “I look forward to sharing our Research Center’s findings with the Triple-I, one of the nation’s most trusted sources of unique, data-driven insights on insurance.”Dr. Clements leads research on fire weather, extreme fire behavior, fire-atmosphere interactions, and conducting wildfire field experiments. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and teaches SJSU courses in Fire Weather, Wildfire Science, Mountain Meteorology, Climate Change, and Meteorological Instrumentation.The Triple-I’s newest non-resident scholar received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in Meteorology from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Nevada. Dr. Clements’ research has been featured in prominent media outlets, including PBS NOVARolling StoneThe New York TimesTimeCNN, and Scientific American


PhotoDr. Craig Clements, San Jose State UniversityVideo: Sean Kevelighan, CEO, Triple-I, discusses the non-resident scholar program (2019)

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