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RESEARCH PROJECTS

Standards-Based Curriculum and Capacity-Building across Risk Prevention Management System Domains: Health, Safety, Environmental, and Community Sustainable Development ($75,000) PI J. Schneider (NIST) , ( Co PIs L. Greenwood, J. Rosenbeck, M. Valentine, G. Wainwright ) (2016-2018) The project will leverage national and international documentary standards to build knowledge and expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels in health, safety, environmental, and community sustainable development management systems. Understanding the application of standards for management systems across various domains is a useful professional skill set, particularly as the level of complexity of our operations continues to rise. To meet these challenges, the project has a modular approach with the following goals:1. Develop and embed a set of reusable course modules on management system standards application at different levels appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students (Curricular Goal). 2. Support cross-disciplinary faculty expertise development in management system standards application by sharing our processes for development and our content both internally and externally (Faculty Goal). 3.Ensure the effectiveness of the course modules via a cohesive and proven educational structure (Educational Effectiveness Goal).
4. Disseminate our results through published papers, conference presentations and a website (Dissemination Goal).

 

Subaward: Development of a new scholarly research capacity- Disaster Science & Recovery through collaboration & mentoring of HTM & SS tenure track faculty at RIT ($5400); NSF PI: J. Schneider (Co PIs: M. Hirudayaraj, M. Kesgin, R. Lagiewski, T. Sparkman) (2017-18) This project will develop internal collaborative relationships and mentoring relationships to build scholarly capability among faculty in the Department of Service Systems (DSS) and Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) departments of the College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST). Funding streams have not been as available to the service oriented disciplines. This effort attempts to lay a foundation to address challenges through these objectives: a. Learn the process of interdisciplinary scholarship development including: developing an integrative idea, promoting student research, publication, and pursuit of funding. b. Integrate the domains of service systems, hospitality, and tourism leadership into the scholarly agenda of disaster science. c. Build a long term interdisciplinary collaboration that spans several departments, cultures and scholarly domains. The multidisciplinary nature of the team will create a shared understanding of the nature of interdisciplinary collaboration. The investigators will create a body of knowledge while gaining proficiency in scholarship development. Short and long term intended outcomes include literature reviews, disseminated works and potential external funding.

 

Measuring recovery and operational resilience to support emergency managers. $49,083 PI Carol Romanowski (LMI) (Co PIs: S. Mishra, R.Raj, & J. Schneider, 2015) FEMA's 2011 National Disaster Recovery Framework describes the recovery continuum as having four phases: preparedness, short-term, intermediate and long-term. Both within each phase and across multiple phases, emergency managers pursue several interdependent, often concurrent, activities to help their communities recover successfully. However, this recovery success tends to be assessed from a single point variable or a set of single point variables that do not reflect interdependency for the most part. This project will therefore quantify recovery success by identifying appropriate metrics that help emergency managers optimize responses and outcomes. Building on their prior experiences working with local and state emergency managers, the project team will also categorize metrics for defining operational resilience.

Creation Of Situational Awareness For Emergency Response And Management Using Next Generation Gigabit Communication Systems $299,797 A major stumbling block for successful response and recovery in the event of an emergency is the lack of actionable, timely and reliable information flows between regional emergency management office (EMO) to the incident command (IC) and also incident responders in the field and from the IC to the EMO. Currently, emergency management operates with dismal informational support, especially considering the evolving and exponentially growing available information and individual technological capabilities. Effective emergency response and management requires full situational awareness and should leverage all of the available sources create optimal informational sharing to guide the response. Inputs to this portal include high fidelity (LIDAR type) mapping, 911 requests and deployment, responder post/field feedback, emerging incident information (time verses resources) foot-printing, and potentially social media communications. This project will leverage work done and techniques developed under prior NSF CISE proposals to enhance gigabit transaction over the Internet to enable a more reliable and timely information delivery. (Co PIs N. Shenoy, J. Schneider, K. Xiong 2014-2016)

Monroe Country UASI Phase 3 $50,000 to conduct a meta-analysis type evaluation of cascade multi nodal disruption scenarios for the Urban Area Security Initiative Metropolitan Statistical Area; with such results, recommend by written report a risk ranking list of CI/KR (Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources) vulnerabilities by impact, including recommendations for minimization of risk to the community and provide a link between risk analysis results as they relate to Target Capabilities and future mitigation of risks. (CoPIs J. Schneider,  C. Romanowski, S. Mishra, 2015)

Monroe CI/KR Training $5000.00 This is a continuation of RIT Grant ID 31047(Phase1), 31266 (Phase 2) and D1266 (Phase 3). The team will design, set up and run a tabletop exercise for disaster situation impacts on critical infrastructure in the UASI region. (CoPIs J. Schneider,  C. Romanowski, S. Mishra, 2015)

Modular Steps Towards Broadening Expertise in Critical Infrastructure Protection, NSF CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS); $244,297 This multi-partner project will build knowledge and expertise in Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) at the high school and undergraduate levels. Although CIP-related concepts and dissemination efforts have targeted graduate students, very little curricular material is available to the high school and undergraduate population in a suitable pedagogic modality. (Co-PIs S. Mishra, R. Raj, C. Romanowski, J. Schneider, T. Howles; 2013-2015).

Leveraging Historical Emergency Data to Support Emergency Management (LMI); $43,879 to develop a proof of concept for systems approach to learning historical emergency data to support emergency management, including a historical analysis of emergency data to increase overall understanding of the interaction between events, critical infrastructure, and FR resources , improving decision making based on optimal allocation policies and logistics. (Co-PIs C. Romanowski, J. Schneider, S. Mishra, R. Raj; 2013-2014).

Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources Analysis, Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM). Phase II, $150,000 to design and execute a multinodal risk analysis model of critical infrastructure, services and key resources for mid- sized urban areas. Involves controlled (PCII) information and data, capture and (A/CAMS) collection; Originator of idea to create an effort focusing on assessment, design and prioritization and creation of more robust community infrastructure (Co-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, and J. Rogers; 2012-2014).

Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative - Child Care Emergency Planning Services. Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM); $38,594. To assess state of planning and readiness of childcare facilities in the Rochester region; create emergency planning templates and tools for provider use. (Co-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, and J. Pardee; 2013-2014). Download Summary (CEP)

Analysis & Evaluation of Integrated Data Fusion and Robust Support Systems for Emergency Management Communications, Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM); $309,318 for phase 1 analysis and mapping of regional informational and decisional support needs for emergency management and disaster response and recovery. (Co-PIs J. Schneider, D. McKeown, S. Mishra, R. Raj, J. Rogers, and C. Romanowski 2012-2013). Download Summary (Fusion A)

Rochester Monroe County Urban Area Security Initiative Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources Analysis, Department of Homeland Security. (DHS)/Monroe County/Emergency Management (MCEM). Phase I, $125,000 to design and execute a multinodal risk analysis model of critical infrastructure, services. (Co-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski, and J. Rogers; 2011-2013). Download Summary (UASI 1)

“Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources GAP Analysis Project for Ontario County,” DHS-Department of Homeland Security/Ontario County; $26,249. To assess and report the qualified CI/KR for a local county (CO-PIs J. Schneider, C. Romanowski; 2012) Download Summary (UASI Ontario)

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Awards of approximately $250,000 to design curricular materials for nuclear energy and radiation safety/ risk; (Co-Pis Beth Carle and J. Schneider; 2011)

Department of Education Emergency Management: Award; approximately $392,000 to design & implement emergency management systems; J. Schneider senior advisor/ grant activity reviewer. (PI Lynn Daley) 

Harwood Grant (US DOL, OSHA 46B4-HT15): Award; $177,000 to design, assess and create safety training materials related to food processing and related  arehousing, including Spanish language materials; materials were peer reviewed and approved by OSHA technical experts with no major changes and disseminated by OSHA on their governmental website and through print media; (Co-PIs J. Schneider and K. Van Strander; 2005)

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