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Featured Scholar (Faculty)


Dr. Jennifer Schneider

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.