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2015Ph.D., Disaster Science and Management Profile Alumnus/Alex Greer.jpgAssistant Professor, Oklahoma State University<p>Alex Greer (M.S. '15) is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Oklahoma State University. Alex received his B.S. in Sociology and Geology from East Tennessee State University in 2010, his M.S. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2012, and his PhD in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2015. During his time at the University of Delaware, Alex worked as a Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center, where he was a member of a number of research projects and field experiences that prepared him for his current position. He was recognized as a University Graduate Fellow in 2012 and was the recipient of the Marvin B. Sussman Prize for his dissertation in 2015. Alex currently teaches in the Fire and Emergency Management Program, primarily focusing on the four phases of emergency management.</p><p>Alex conducts interdisciplinary, mixed methods research on a number of elements of disaster science. Recent projects focused on: the relationship between issue framing and oil spill policy, household residential decision-making following disasters and the role infrastructure plays in this process, archival disaster research on mental health response, and the development of a community resilience index. Alex has engaged in quick response fieldwork after a number of events, including the Moore tornado of 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.​</p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=20
2016M.S., Disaster Science and Management Profile Alumnus/Anthony Cario.jpgEmergency Management Specialist, Recovery Reporting and Analytics Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)<p>Anthony Cario is an Emergency Management Specialist in the Recovery Reporting and Analytics Division at FEMA. In this position, he serves on a deployable analytic field team and provides guidance on the delivery of disaster recovery programs and services.  Anthony extracts, compiles, and interprets quantitative and qualitative data from many types of source materials.  In addition, he uses data for presenting and delivering reports in a number of interactive formats.</p><p>Anthony received a B.S. in Management and a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Delaware in 2010.  In 2016, he received a M.S. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware.  While completing his graduate degree, Anthony worked as a Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center, assisted emergency management activities with the University of Delaware Office of Campus & Public Safety, and interned with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Following graduation, Anthony worked as a Technical Assistance Specialist for IMPAQ International (2016-2017).  In this role, he supported the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, a federally funded program that responds to behavioral health needs of disaster survivors.<br></p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=42
2016M.S., Disaster Science and Management Profile Alumnus/Ben Wallace.jpgJunior Analyst at Armada Ltd.<p>​Ben Wallace attended UD as an undergrad, then went on to study disasters at the DRC, and write a thesis on climate adaptation and disaster management. After school he worked on Ebola Virus Disease preparedness planning in the Delaware Division of Public Health, then moved on to support FEMA Region III efforts in Philadelphia as a Junior Analyst. His interests include technology in disaster management, strategic planning, and organizational management.​</p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=28
1985Ph.D., Sociology Profile Alumnus/Brenda Phillips.jpgAssociate Dean, Ohio University Chillicothe<p>​Brenda Phillips, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology at Ohio University in Chillicothe, Ohio, USA. She is an author of Disaster Recovery, Introduction to Emergency Management, Qualitative Disaster Research and Mennonite Disaster Service. She has co-edited Social Vulnerability to Disasters and Women and Disasters. Her published research, funded by the National Science Foundation, can be found in a variety of journals including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Disaster Prevention, Disasters, Humanity and Society, the Journal of Emergency Management, Natural Hazards Review, and Environmental Hazards. Dr. Phillips has been invited to teach, consult, or present in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela, Canada, Sweden, and the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Phillips earned the Blanchard Award for excellence in emergency management education and the Myers Award for work on the effects of disasters on women. She was inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame for Emergency Management and Homeland Security in 2013.<br></p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=39
2014M.S., Disaster Science and Management Profile Alumnus/Chunjing Liu.jpgChief of Staff, Department of Marine Forecast and Disaster Mitigation, State Oceanic Administration, China<p>Chunjing Liu (M.S. '14) is the Chief of Staff for the Department of Marine Forecastand Disaster Mitigation in China's State Oceanic Administration. Her responsibilities include formulating effective policy, planning and maintaining technical standards for marine disaster mitigation, guiding and coordinating emergency response to coastal natural hazards at the national and local level, managing and organizing marine disaster risk assessment and investigation programs, enhancing public awareness of marine disaster mitigation and prevention, and participating in international programs for marine disaster mitigation.</p><p>Chunjing was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Delaware. The knowledge and skills around disaster management she honed in her study in the M.S. program and working in the Disaster Research Center (DRC) have provided strong support to both her work and career development. Before she joined SOA China, she had worked as marketing and strategic product manager in Advantech and Siemens companies for six years. Her bachelor's degree in Automation was from the Wuhan University of Technology in 2010.​</p> Profile Alumnus/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=21

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