MScTRM lecturers and advisors are experts in their fields with unparalleled levels of experience, choosing to share their expertise and passion by participating in the program. Program instructors include public safety and corporate security consultants, physicians and epidemiologists, leading researchers and more. Our close association with experienced leaders and practitioners working in the field of emergency management allow students to combine educational theory with practical lessons in disaster management and crisis prevention.
Medy S.A. Agami is the vice-chairman and partner at Ben-Roz & Associates. He is an expert in strategy and economics, data analytics and decision sciences, risk management and governance, finance, and public policy. Medy was previously a co-founder and managing director of Opimas. Prior to founding Opimas, Medy was the head of governance at Northern Trust. Medy has also worked in strategic advisory, as well as in finance and risk advisory at Oliver Wyman, prior to Oliver Wyman he worked at FSCM as a strategist, head of strategy and quantitative research, and chief risk officer. He has worked with many of the world's leading companies and their boards on a variety of issues including strategy, analytics, and innovation and helped launch several market-shaping innovations. He has also worked with business leaders in diverse sectors on risk management and governance, defense, public policy, business transformation, opportunities in technology, and other global trends.
Medy has pioneered new ways of organizational strategic planning and execution, analytic innovation, risk management, and public policy design through the development of various initiatives that are currently implemented at the world's leading asset managers, banks, insurers, energy companies, think-tanks, NGOs, central banks, and public utilities. He has spoken at several CEO, economics and policy-maker forums around the world and regularly publishes position papers. Moreover, he has published over 20 thought leadership articles and technical papers in trade journals, industry publications and with leading research firms, which are referred to extensively and that cover a series of topics across strategy, analytics, risk management, economics, and governance.
Medy studied financial engineering and quantitative analytics for his Masters in Mathematical Finance at IIT. He also received an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
Mr. Axelrod cofounded The Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. He now brings 30 years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients such as Boeing, Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, and Hewlett Packard, and is the author of several books and articles. Axelrod received the 2011 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mr. Buikema is a senior consultant at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois and a subject matter expert for the Mobile Education Team seminars conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center of Homeland Defense and Security. He was appointed Administrator of Region V of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2001-2005, and served as the Acting Director of FEMA’s Response Division in Washington, DC in 2005.
Mark S. Dworkin, is a board-certified internist and infectious diseases physician and a medical epidemiologist. He is an associate professor in the division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a lecturer in the Master of Science in Threat and Response Management program at the University of Chicago. He is currently conducting assessment and educational interventions to raise food handler and consumer food safety knowledge in order to prevent foodborne disease. Dr. Dworkin was the Illinois Department of Public Health State Epidemiologist in the Division of Infectious Diseases and team leader for the Rapid Response Team (an outbreak investigation team) from 2000 to 2006. He has collaborated with HIV epidemiologic work performed by Bayamon University in Puerto Rico and with SHARE/Mediciti in Hyderabad, India.
Nate Evans is the Lead for Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research in Argonne National Laboratory’s Strategic Security Sciences Division. He also serves as a Vector Lead in Cybersecurity for Argonne’s National Security Programs. Prior to joining Argonne, Nate managed cybersecurity and cyber defense activities at several private-sector companies. He is considered a key asset by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the development of a cybersecurity vulnerability assessment for field use, analysis of cybersecurity consequence and threat studies, and leading the pilot cyber-physical regional assessment. Dr. Evans received a BS in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Engineering with a specialty in Cybersecurity from Iowa State University.
Ms. Foster is a long-time practitioner of public relations and is now Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Canisius College. She holds a PhD in organization and management from Capella University; an MBA in organization and leadership from Lewis University; and both a master of science in communications and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Foster was manager of media relations at Argonne National Laboratory for 16 years, and also worked as a science editor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael Jaynes is a Cyber Analyst for Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research in Argonne National Laboratory’s Strategic Security Sciences Division. Before joining the team full-time, he spent two summers working as a Research Aide while pursuing his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of North Texas. His research interests include the application of machine learning algorithms to vehicle network data, vehicle cybersecurity, and cryptography. In addition to his PhD, he also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Arts in English from Ohio University.
Mr. Lewis graduated from the MScTRM program in 2011. He is a Technical Programs Attorney in the Risk and Infrastructure Sciences Center, Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. In this position, Paul leads multidisciplinary analyses of critical infrastructure vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies across the country for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Paul has also developed decision support tools for U.S. Department of Defense international humanitarian assistance programs and serves as a social scientist in the development of community resiliency frameworks for Argonne’s Center for Integrated Resiliency Analysis.
Mr. Macal is a senior systems engineer and director of the Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation at Argonne National Laboratory and a senior member of the Computation Institute and the Center for Environmental Sciences at the University of Chicago. Mr. Macal is currently researching, in collaboration with social scientists from the University of Chicago, new methods for understanding long-term threats to national security. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Purdue University, trained in management science, engineering, computational modeling, and complexity science.
Ignacio J Martinez-Moyano is Computational Social Scientist and Socio-technical Systems Section leader in the Systems Science Center (SSC) of the Global Security Sciences (GSS) Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Ignacio is also a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of The University of Chicago and at the Institute for Science and Engineering (NAISE) of Northwestern University. Ignacio is President of the System Dynamics Society and is member of the Editorial Board of the System Dynamics Review. Ignacio's research focuses on the effects of human judgment and decision making on behavior in complex and dynamic systems, particularly under conditions of uncertainty, stress, and high consequence. Ignacio's research work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS), and the System Dynamics Review, among others. Dr. Martinez-Moyano holds a PhD in Decision and Policy Sciences from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Mr. Miller received his academic training at the University of Iowa and post-doctoral training at Columbia University. Additional training and practical experience in managing populations exposed to weapons of mass destruction occurred while in the US Army. Mr. Miller is currently a research associate/associate professor at the University of Chicago actively engaged in basic science studies, and has an extensive teaching portfolio.
Jill is Executive Director of the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy, which provides training for fire service, law enforcement, hazardous materials, public works, disaster medical personnel, as well as education on homeland security, crisis leadership, and private sector emergency management. Prior to her position at NIPSTA, Jill was the inaugural Chairman of the Regional Disaster Healthcare Coalition in northeastern Illinois, and the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for NorthShore University HealthSystem. She started her career as a fire service paramedic and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Lieutenant and spent many years as both an Emergency Department Nurse and EMS Educator.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois. She also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Science in Threat and Response Management from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois. She holds multiple certifications in business continuity and organizational resilience.
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Mr. Tanzman is the emergency preparedness group leader at Argonne National Laboratory. He also manages programs for the US Army, the US Department of State, and the Chicago Department of Public Health. He is the author of a book and numerous articles, and has served as a legislative assistant in the US Senate and as counsel to the Palau National Congress in Micronesia. Mr. Tanzman holds a BA in political science from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University. Mr Tanzman received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Roland Varriale is a Cyber Security Analyst for Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research in Argonne National Laboratory’s Strategic Security Sciences Division. Roland has worked in various capacities from a business analyst to an intelligent transportation systems researcher and developer. He is interested in the application of security principles and protocols to VANETs and Intelligent Transportation Systems as well as personal device security on the “Internet of Things.”
Roland holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Scranton and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Manhattan College.
Andrew Velasquez III is the Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Safety and Security Officer responsible for directing safety, security and emergency management operations at both O'Hare and Midway Airports. He brings to the University of Chicago extensive executive level experience in the Homeland Security enterprise. From 2010-2016, he served as the Presidentially appointed Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region V. He previously held state and city cabinet level positions as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Executive Director of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Andrew also served the Chicago Police Department in various roles and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University and received a Master of Business Administration in Management from Saint Xavier University and has completed the Naval Postgraduate School's Executive Leadership programs in Homeland Defense and Radiological Emergency Preparedness. Andrew lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of Emergency Management and Homeland Security topics.
Dr. Weine is professor of psychiatry at the UIC College of Medicine, where he also director of global medicine and director of the Center for Global Health. For 30 years he has been conducting research both with refugees and migrants in the US and in post-conflict countries, focused on mental health, health, and violence prevention. His research mission is to develop, implement, and evaluate psychosocial interventions that are feasible, acceptable, and effective with respect to the complex real-life contexts where at-risk populations live. This work has been supported by multiple grants from the NIMH, NICHD, DHS, NIJ, and other state, federal, and private funders, all with collaboration from community partners. This work has resulted in more than 130 publications and two books: When History is a Nightmare: Lives and Memories of Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Rutgers, 1999) and Testimony and Catastrophe: Narrating the Traumas of Political Violence (Northwestern, 2006). He has been awarded two Career Scientist Awards: “Services Based Research with Refugee Families” from the National Institute of Mental Health and “Labor Migration and Multilevel HIV Prevention” from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Weine is the 2020 recipient of the Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award of the American Association for Social Psychiatry.
Ms. Wurtz is an infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, and health informaticist. She has worked for city, county, state, federal, and international public health programs in communicable diseases, preparedness, and management. She received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Mr. Zoufal is currently a Safety and Security Industry Executive with System Development Integration, LLC. He has held a series of high-level public sector safety and security posts including First Deputy for the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications and Deputy Commissioner for Safety and Security for the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserve. Mr. Zoufal received two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in law and public administration, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
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