Collaboratory for Resiliency and Recovery
Dr. Jennifer Schneider is McCarthy Chair and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety at RIT. Her research interests include critical infrastructure emergency planning and disaster management and application of risk analysis and systems theory to determine community level critical infrastructure, impact on emergency management systems and target capabilities. She also studies exposure assessment, modeling of exposure scenarios, particularly hazardous material emergencies, and requisite response planning. Multidimensional sustainability and analysis of sector based corporate sustainability related activities and management systems are also an area of interest. She has been the PI of over $1million in research funding and been a co PI or senior personnel on another $600,000 of funded research efforts.
Dr. Schneider has developed and taught 12 courses and has chaired over ninety graduate thesis/ projects and seventy five senior projects. She continues her own education through various industrial hygiene and emergency management (FEMA) related coursework, tabletops and conferences to update professional certifications including PCII, A/CAMS, border security, incident command & operations, HAZWOPER, influenza, combustible & explosive dust, process safety & radiological monitoring.
Dr. Schneider is recognized by both RIT and external organizations. The RIT Provost appointed her Eugene S. Fram Endowed Chair in Critical Thinking Advisory Board (2012), RIT Institute Review Board for Human Subjects Safety (2009-) and McNair Scholars Advisory Board & Scholar Mentor (2009-). She is also on the NSF/Science Masters Program (SMP for Disaster Science) advisory (2010- ).
Dr. Schneider has been appointed by Honorable NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to NY Respond Commission (2012-), created in response to Hurricane Sandy; the National Academy of Sciences, Offshore Windfarm Health and Safety Standards Committee (2012-2013); Regional Volunteer Hazmat Team Chemist (1997-2001); OSHA Regional 2 Technical PI for Regional Education Center (resource for OSHA for NY, NJ, PR, & VI & Voluntary Protection Program Mentor (1999-); Genesee Valley Safety Conference Elected Board Member (1997-) Treasurer (2009-); USEPA Environmental Education grant reviewer (5 years); NYS Pollution Prevention grant proposal reviewer (3 years). Dr. Schneider is also an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Board of Industrial Hygiene- Diplomate Level (21 years, continuous), American Society of Safety Engineers, Air and Waste Management Association, Military Operations Research Society- Decision Systems (MORS), Great Lakes Hazard Coalition.
Dr. Carol Romanowski is an industrial engineer with expertise in data mining and advanced data analysis. She joined RIT in 2005, and is currently a professor in Computer Science within the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, where she teaches graduate classes in data mining and data preparation. Dr. Romanowski is also affiliated with the Computing Security department and the PhD program, and is supervising several master’s level students working on projects in critical infrastructure protection. She has worked on grants funded by the LMI, the Department of Labor, DHS, NSF, and MIT/Lincoln Labs.
Dr. Sumita Mishra is an associate professor in RIT’s Department of Computing Security. She teaches networking and security courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current research interests are in security for resource constrained networks and critical infrastructure protection. Funding sources for Dr. Mishra’s current and past projects include National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Air Force Research Lab – Rome, Air Force Research Lab – Wright Patterson, NASA and Boeing. She is a board member and membership co-chair of ACM Networking Networking (N2) Women, and Secretary of the IEEE Joint Communications and Aerospace Society, Rochester chapter. Dr. Mishra has served on program committees of several IEEE and ACM conferences. She has published over 60 articles in national and international journals and conferences.
Dr. Rajendra K. Raj is a professor with RIT’s Computer Science and Computing Security departments. His research interests focus on secure computing in the context of distributed and mobile systems, Big Data management and analytics, and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Raj is also interested in computing education methodologies, and is involved in program assessment, evaluation and accreditation; he is currently a Commissioner with ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission. He teaches a variety of courses in security, cloud and large-scale data management, and distributed systems. Prior to RIT, he was a software designer, developer, architect and manager in the Information Technology Division at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he architected, built and managed globally distributed infrastructures for financial applications handling Big Data. Dr. Raj’s research has been funded from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and LMI.