Eugene Fram Chair
Eugene Fram Chair
BA, Roberts Wesleyan College; MS, University of Rochester; Sc.D., University of Massachusetts; CIH
Dr. Jennifer Schneider, CIH is the Eugene H. Fram Chair of Applied Critical Thinking in Academic Affairs (2015- ) and a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety at RIT. She also leads the Collaboratory for Resiliency & Recovery @ RIT, a multidisciplinary research group that specializes in the data to decision pipeline for community resilience. She earned her Sc.D. from UMASS Lowell, College of Engineering, her MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and her BA in Comprehensive Science from Roberts Wesleyan. Prior to coming to RIT, Dr. Schneider worked her way up the corporate EHS for Kodak, Mobil and ITT/Goulds, She also has served on the local HAZMAT team, and comes from a family of first responders.
Her research interests include critical infrastructure emergency planning and disaster management and application of risk analysis and decision 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 was a ‘2014 Board of Trustees Scholar’ award winner, an RIT ‘million dollar PI’ and has been a Co PI or senior personnel on many more interdisciplinary research projects, spanning RIT colleges and external partnerships.
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 risk analysis, 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 (2009-2013). She was also on the NSF/Science Masters Program (SMP for Disaster Science) advisory (2010- 2013).
Dr. Schneider serves on US TAG committee for ISO 37101- Community Sustainability (Resilience). She has been appointed by Honorable NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to NY Respond Commission (2012-2014), created in response to Hurricane Sandy; the National Academy of Sciences, Offshore Windfarm Health and Safety Standards Committee (2012-2013); OSHA Regional 2 Technical PI for Regional Education Center, 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), and is a regular NIH peer review panelist. Dr. Schneider is also an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Board of Industrial Hygiene- Diplomate Level (23 years, continuous), American Society of Safety Engineers, Air and Waste Management Association, Military Operations Research Society- Decision Systems (MORS), and the Great Lakes Hazard Coalition.
In the News
December 1, 2020
RIT receives NIST grant to develop standards modules for Environmental Management and Safety curricula
RIT recently received a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop course modules that will provide students with guidelines and best practices in standards information toward helping organizations manage crisis situations.
November 30, 2020
RIT designer creates solution to protect chemical respirator users during the pandemic
Dan Gabber, digital fabrication specialist in RIT’s College of Art and Design, has developed a creative solution for users of chemical respirators who also must protect against the spread of COVID-19: valve covers.
July 30, 2020
RIT to monitor wastewater for signs of surges in coronavirus cases before symptoms set in
RIT will use an unusual technique to search for surges in coronavirus cases before those infected even begin displaying symptoms. The university will test wastewater on campus for traces of COVID-19 twice weekly beginning Aug. 5 to get early indications if coronavirus is spreading in campus housing and other areas of campus.