Living & Leading through Pandemic: A Critical Thinking Series. Part I: Critical Systems
Presenter: John Hummel, Jennifer Schneider
Webinar Date: 05-19-2020

Living & Leading through Pandemic: A Critical Thinking Series. Part I: Critical Systems

Join us as we present a series of thoughtful discussions about what it means to live, survive and thrive during this pandemic. We will feature members of the RIT community and leading thinkers in this area from business, non-profits, academia, and government.

Program # 1 – Critical Systems

Dr. John Hummel of Argonne National Lab and Dr. Jennifer Schneider, CIH, of RIT who will focus on the Critical Systems, including emergency management and hospitals, that work together to support our communities.  How do we assess cities and regions for vulnerability, sustainability and resilience? How has the pandemic disaster impacted our thinking regarding the best ways to structure these systems for resilience to this type of disruption and others? Come and be a part of the conversation.

Do you have an idea or expertise to share? Future sessions are being planned for this series! If you have topics you'd like to see covered, please email  

SPONSORED BY: Sponsored by: RIT Alumni Relations, the RIT Fram Chair in Critical Thinking, The Institute for Business Government and Society at RIT, and the Collaboratory for Resiliency and Recovery.

John Hummel, Jennifer Schneider
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Dr. John R. Hummel is the Lead for Integrated Resiliency Analyses in the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division at Argonne. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and using modeling and simulation applications in a variety of military domains, such as environmental representations, logistics, simulation architectures, and the impacts of climate change on National Security.  He led the development of efforts to create a framework for assessing societal and regional resiliency and has also supported activities analyzing critical resilient infrastructures. 

Dr. Jennifer Schneider, CIH is the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking at RIT (ACT@RIT).  In addition to being the Fram Chair, Dr. Schneider is a professor and lead of the Collaboratory for Resiliency & Recovery at RIT, which specializes in the data to decision pipeline to support community resilience decision-making, particularly at the regional and local level.  Corporate sustainability, process safety (including cyber), risk and exposure assessment are other areas of focus.  Jen also grew up in a first responder family, and is a retired volunteer HAZMAT responder and commander, and was a member of the NY Respond Commission (Hurricane Sandy).