DRC Alumni Profiles

DRC alumni are extraordinary people who carry out the mission and vision of our center each and every day. Click on the pictures below to read the alumni profiles which illustrate the diverse career paths our graduates have taken. Profiles are listed by most current class year, and then alphabetical by last name. Thank you to every DRC alumnus who has helped to develop this resource.

Benjamin D. Wallace

DEGREE: 2016, M.S., Disaster Science and Management
JOB TITLE: International Practice Coordinator, SPIN Global
Since graduating from UD, Benjamin has worked in several consulting positions developing disaster response plans for Ebola, nuclear terrorism, nuclear power plant emergencies, power outages, and hurricanes, as well as publishing research on climate change adaptation in urban areas, presenting on climate change as a threat multiplier at a NATO conference, and helping the City of Austin establish an alternate care site for COVID-19.

His current role includes enhancing several of FEMA Region 3’s response plans, researching climate change adaptation for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and coordinating the international practice area for SPIN Global. His professional interests include climate change adaptation, emergency management technology (e.g., GIS, social media), organizational management/leadership, and policy development. Find him online at www.linkedin.com/in/bendwallace.

Alumni Engagement

Alumni are the university’s most valuable resources. By investing your time, talent and treasure, you make a deep impact that increases the value of a University of Delaware degree. View some of the ways we keep engaged below.

DRC 2019 07 NHW Alumni Reception

ABOVE: DRC faculty, students and alums at the Annual DRC Alumni Reception, 2019.

Each year DRC hosts the Annual DRC Alumni Reception at the Natural Hazards Workshop! This is a great opportunity to meet DRC alums and to connect/reconnect with old and new friends.

Share Your Knowledge

Each semester, we welcome our alumni to share their work, research, and experiences with our students. Whether they join us in person or virtually, our current students are always excited to hear from those in the expansive network of DRC alumni from around the world. Reach out to drc-mail@udel.edu! We would love to hear from you.

Inspire the Future

Our alumni value providing hands-on experiences for our students, be it through practicums, internships, and invitations for students to come and share their innovative research with the alum’s organization. Some have even designated awards to support students through assistantships, summer internship stipends, and travel support to attend conferences. Contact us at drc-mail@udel.edu if you have an idea of how you want to support this next generation of scholars and practitioners.

Stay Connected

Stay connected to DRC by following the Disaster Research Center on Facebook and on Twitter, signing up for the DRC Dispatch newsletter, and updating your contact information to help us better communicate with you.