Emergency Management Masters degree students

Master of Science in Threat and Response Management

Threat and Response Management Capstone Projects

Emergency Management Capstone Process

As a culminating experience, Master of Science in Threat and Response Management students put into practice the knowledge and skills they have learned during their coursework by completing a capstone project. The project is a degree requirement and is completed during the last three quarters of their program.

Program staff support these efforts by curating a portfolio of projects with capstone sponsors which include industry partners, governmental agencies, and program graduates. The program also facilitates matching students to projects based on skills and interest and helps assign scientific advisors to provide guidance and mentorship. The capstone process is an opportunity for students to develop and implement an emergency management solution and explore potential networking and employment partnerships. Students work together in small teams and begin the experience in the Autumn quarter.

First Quarter, Capstone Proposal

  • Students review their project and develop a plan for implementation
  • Students meet with project sponsors to document scope, goals, requirements, and timeline
  • Students write a project proposal and confirm with the sponsor and advisors

Second Quarter, Capstone Implementation

  • Students implement the project and are expected to spend approximately 80-100 hours on implementation
  • Depending on the proposal, students work on site with the sponsor or remotely and check in weekly regarding progress
  • Sponsors are expected to give regular feedback to ensure project is moving in the right direction

Third Quarter, Capstone Writing and Presentation

  • Students write their final paper and develop a presentation
  • At the end of the final quarter, sponsors, faculty, and students are invited to a showcase of all the capstone projects

Examples of Capstone Research

Signal-Detecting Drone for Earthquake Response

emergency management drone

Interested in uncovering a use for unmanned arial vehicle technologies, or drones, that might de-stigmatize the popular image they’ve acquired through their military use abroad, TRM capstone students sought to outfit a drone with a signal-detecting device capable of locating cellphone signals as a way to improve the detection of humans following a major earthquake. Read more about the signal-detecting drone project.

Previous Capstone Project Titles:

  • 10kT Improvised Nuclear Device: Are Chicago’s Hospitals Prepared?
  • An Investigation of Current Guidance for Private Sector; Planning, Preparedness and Perceived Threat of Virulent Influenza Pandemic
  • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Incidents – Knowing What To Do, No Matter Where You Are
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Social Intelligence, Poverty Data, and a Comprehensive Approach to all Hazards
  • Risk Assessment and Resource allocation for Dam Safety in the Cascadia Subduction Zone
  • Understanding the Relationship Between Natural Disasters and Violent Conflicts