of AERMOD. Dr. Venkatram served on the Advisory Council of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (1993–1997) and was a member of the Risk Assessment Advisory Committee of the California EPA. He is currently the chair of the Airport Modeling Advisory Committee appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Dr. Venkatram is a former vice president of air sciences at ENSR Consulting and Engineering. He served as a research scientist in the Atmospheric Environment Service, Canada, for a year before joining the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Toronto. Dr. Venkatram received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India.
Patrick M. Webb is the director of swine health programs at the National Pork Board, which he joined in 2005. He is responsible for the Pork Check-off’s efforts in animal identification, pre-harvest traceability, and foreign animal disease planning, preparedness, and response. Earlier, Dr. Webb worked as a private veterinary practitioner in a food animal practice in rural Iowa. He has also worked for Iowa’s Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a foreign animal disease program coordinator, where he developed the department’s emergency preparedness plan for animal disease disasters. Throughout his career, Dr. Webb has worked extensively on emergency preparedness and planning at the local, state, and federal levels. He has developed and delivered numerous educational programs directed at training producers, veterinarians, county emergency managers, and first responders in how to react to foreign animal disease disasters. He completed his training at the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Plum Island. Dr. Webb is a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He received his D.V.M. and B.S. in animal science from Iowa State University.