Mr. Ellis M. Stanley, Sr. - (Chair)
Ellis Stanley is an independent consultant. He has over 32 years of work experience in emergency management beginning as Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County, North Carolina in 1975. While in Brunswick County he was selected as the First Fire Marshal for the jurisdiction as well as served as Fire and Rescue Commissioner. There Mr. Stanley was very involved with hurricane planning and response as well as having developed one of the first fixed nuclear facility plans in the nation following Three Mile Island. Mr. Stanley was appointed in 1982 as the Director of the Durham-Durham County Emergency Management Agency where he worked very close with the world’s largest research park in the North Carolina Triangle area and was heavily involved with hazardous materials planning. In 1987 Mr. Stanley was appointed by the Governor of Georgia as the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. While in Atlanta, Mr. Stanley had extensive experience in major event planning (1988 Democratic National Convention, 1995 Mandela visit, and the 2006 International Olympic Games). Mr. Stanley was appointed in 1997 as Assistant City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles and in 2000 as the General Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department for the City of Los Angeles until his retirement in 2007. Mr. Stanley joined Dewberry, LLC in November 2007 as Director of Western Emergency Management Services. In March of 2008 Mr. Stanley was selected to be the Director of DNC Planning for the City & County of Denver, CO. He received his BS in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Art Botterell
County of Contra Costa, California
Art Botterell is a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Vally campus. His experience in emergency public information and public warning spans more than four decades, including service with FEMA, the California Emergency Management Agency and local public safety and emergency management agencies. Art has served as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, as well as in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and with the United Nations Development Program. He served as a member of the FCC’s “Commercial Mobile Alerting Advisory Committee” and a variety of other government and scientific panels including a CSTB committee. Art was a founding trustee of the non-profit Partnership for Public Warning He has also worked as a broadcast engineer and journalist and an online content producer. He originated and guided the development of the Common Alerting Protocol standard.
Dr. K. Mani Chandy
California Institute of Technology
K. Mani Chandy (NAE) is the Simon Ramo Professor at the California Institute of Technology.. Dr. Chandy has worked for Honeywell and IBM. From 1970 to 1989, he was in the Computer Science Department of the University of Texas at Austin, serving as chair in 1978-79 and 1983-85. He has served as a consultant to a number of companies including IBM and Bell Labs. He has been at the California Institute of Technology since 1987, two years as a Sherman Fairchild Fellow, and then as a professor in Computer Science. Dr. Chandy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award for Computers and Communication in 1987, the A.A. Michelson Award from the Computer Measurement Group in 1985, and has numerous awards. Software developed by Dr. Chandy and colleagues in the area of computer performance modeling was marketed by Boole and Babbage Inc.. He was a co-founder of a company, iSpheres, in the area of event-driven architecture; that software is now marketed by Avaya. Dr. Chandy does research on sense and respond systems. He has published three books and over a hundred papers on distributed computing, verification of concurrent programs, parallel programming languages and performance models of computing and communication systems. Dr. Chandy received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering at the Operations Research Center in 1969. He received a Masters from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1965
Dr. Dennis S. Mileti
University of Colorado Boulder
Dennis S. Mileti is recently-retired professor and former chair of the department of sociology at the Univestify of Colorado, Boulder, and director emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center. He is author of over 100 publications most of which focus on the societal aspects of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for hazards and disasters. His book Disasters by Design, published in 1999, involved over 130 experts to assess knowledge, research, and policy needs for hazards in the U.S. He has served on a variety of advisory boards, and was co-founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Hazards Review, an interdisciplinary all-hazards journal devoted to bringing together the natural and social sciences, engineering, and the policy communities. Dennis received his Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California, Boulder.
Dr. Helena Mitchell
Georgia Institute of Technology
Helena Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) and Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In tandem, she is also the Principal Investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 2001 to promote equitable access to wireless technologies by people with disabilities and the adoption of universal design in wireless devices. Dr. Mitchell was recruited to Georgia through the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar program that spans educational, community and business environments. Her areas of specialty include broadband and wireless communications, educational technologies, regulatory and legislative policy, emergency/public safety communications, and universal service to vulnerable, rural and inner city populations. Dr. Mitchell has held positions in academia, business and government which contribute to her unique ability to see multiple perspectives. This expertise has enabled her to create innovative interdisciplinary technology and educational programs, as well as utilize her unique skill for navigating new waters. Dr. Mitchell has held executive posts in Washington, DC with the Federal government. At the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), she served as the Associate Chief, Strategic Communications for the Office of Engineering and Technology to increase Commission dialog with advanced technology companies. Earlier as the Chief of the Emergency Broadcast System, her work resulted in major rulemakings that expanded EBS to include cable, satellite and advanced communications systems and the adoption of the Emergency Alert System. As a result, her team was selected as the FCC Organization of the Year. Helena previously headed the telecommunications development programs for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), of the U.S. Department of Commerce. There she spearheaded Executive Branch policy initiatives to increase educational, broadcast and non-broadcast telecommunications ownership opportunities; advance joint venture projects between the education and business sector; worked on international privatization activities; and was responsible for earmarking more than $50 million dollars in domestic and international grants and loans. In recognition of the success of her policy initiatives in telecommunications, she received the prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal. Dr. Mitchell received her Ph.D in Telecommunications Policy from Syracuse University.
Dr. Ramesh R. Rao
University of California, San Diego
Ramesh Rao is the director of the University of California, San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). In 2004, he was appointed the first holder of the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. Prior to becoming the Calit2 UCSD division director in 2001, he served as the director of UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications (CWC). In addition to directing Calit2 UCSD, Prof. Rao is involved on a day-to-day basis with a wide variety of interdisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives, leading several major projects at Calit2. He has been a lead investigator on dozens of major federal-, state-, foundation-, defense-, and industry-funded grants, including the NIH-funded Wireless Internet Information System for Medical Response in Disasters (WIISARD), Self-Scaling Systems for Mass Casualty Management (WIISARD SAGE), and the Multimedia Telemedical Diagnostic System (STRokE DOC), the NSF-funded Responding to Crises and Unexpected Events (RESCUE) and ResponSphere projects, multiple projects involving cognitive networking, as well as leading several international collaborations. He has authored more than 230 peer-reviewed technical papers on a wide range of research topics in wireless communications including architectures, protocols, performance analysis of computer and communication networks, adaptive systems, energy-efficient communications, disaster management applications and health-related applications, among others. He is currently engaged in numerous projects to bridge emerging technologies with medicine and healthcare and investigating the power of utilizing information technologies to enhance, even transform, healthcare resources, knowledge bases, and outcomes. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Shashi Shekhar
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Shashi Shekhar, McKnight Distinguished University Professor and Director at the University of Minnesota, is a world leader in the area of spatial databases, an interdisciplinary area at the intersection of Computer Science and Geographic Information Science (GIS). A major goal of his research is to understand the computational structure of very large spatial databases needed by physical sciences and engineering disciplines. Prof. Shekhar has a distinguished academic record that includes 200+ refereed papers and multiple books. He is widely sought by policy makers in United States and abroad for his expertise in spatial databases and spatial data mining. His research results are now playing a critical role in evacuation planning in context of homeland security. Earlier his research developed core technologies behind in-vehicle navigation devices as well as web-based routing services, which revolutionized outdoor navigation in urban environment in the last decade. Prof. Shekhar was elected an IEEE Fellow and received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award for contributions to spatial database storage methods, data mining, and GIS. He served on the Board of Directors of the University Consortium on GIS, and the NAS/NRC Mapping Science Committee.
Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou
San Diego State University
Ming-Hsiang (Ming) Tsou is Professor in the Department of Geography, San Diego State University. He received a B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1991, an M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, all in Geography. His research interests are in Mapping Cyberspace and social media, Internet mapping, Web GIS applications, mobile GIS and wireless communication, and cyberinfrastructure with grid and cloud computing technology. He has applied his research interests in applications such as wildfire mapping, environmental monitoring and management, habitat conservation, K-12 education, and homeland border security. He is co-author of the book, Internet GIS and served on the editorial boards of the Annals of GIS (2008-) and the Professional Geographers (2011-). Tsou was the Chair of the Cartographic Specialty Group (2007-2008) and the Chair of Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (2012-2013) in the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Tsou was appointed by the National Academy of Science in 2006 to serve on the committee on “Research Priorities for the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science”. In 2007, he created and maintained an interactive Web-based mapping services for San Diego Wildfires 2007 ( http://map.sdsu.edu) In 2010, Tsou served as the Principle Investigator (PI) of a NSF-CDI project," Mapping ideas from Cyberspace to Realspace", funded by National Science Foundation, CDI-Type II Award # 1028177 (2010-2014). http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/