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The Development of Emergency Management Technology Program at Jackson State University

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

25.1290.1 - 25.1290.9

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https://peer.asee.org/22047

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HuiRu Shih P.E. Jackson State University

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HuiRu (H.R.) Shih is a professor of technology at Jackson State University (JSU). He received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri. Shih is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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Gordon W. Skelton Jackson State University

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Gordon Skelton, professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science, is Director of the Center for Defense Integrated Data at Jackson State University. His research focuses on the development of intelligent GIS applications for emergency management and disaster assistance. He has authored numerous papers and presentations focusing on the use of decision support systems for risk assessment, threat analysis, and emergency management. During his tenure at JSU, Skelton has mentored more than 70 students at his research center, focusing on problem solving, software development, and GIS utilization. Skelton's primary areas of interest are STEM education, risk assessment, decision support, and cyber security.

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Pao-Chiang Yuan Jackson State University

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Pao-Chiang Yuan received his Ph.D in civil engineering (environmental/water resources engineering) from Oklahoma State University. Yuan serves as Peer Reviewer for state, private grant programs, and different professional journals and magazines. He is a Council Member of Mississippi Citizen Corps, Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. Yuan received USEPA research grant research on health impact study in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in East Biloxi, Miss. Yuan received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop undergraduate program for emergency management and also received a grant for training a community emergency response team (CERT) from the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

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Jessica Buck Ph.D. Jackson State University

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Jessica L. Buck is an Assistant Professor, and she serves as the Program Coordinator of the Technology Education Master's Degree program in the Department of Technology (under the College of Science Engineering, and Technology). She is the Program Recruiter for the undergraduate Emergency Management Technology program. In addition to her role as faculty, Buck serves as the Advisor for the Jackson State Chapter of ATMAE (Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering) and the Trustee for Epsilon Pi Tau Technology Honor Society, the Delta Beta Chapter. On the national level, Buck, was elected as the President of the Research Division of the National Association of Technology (NAIT, now ATMAE) (2007). In 2010, she was elected as Vice-president of the Student Division in ATMAE. In addition, she serves at a reviewer for the International Association of Journals and Conferences. Buck earned a bachelor's of science degree in industrial technology from Alcorn State University, master's of science in technology from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate of philosophy in technology with an emphasis in education (community college administration minor) from Mississippi State University.

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Britney M. Williams Jackson State University

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Emergency management student

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Abstract

The Development of Emergency Management Technology Program atJackson State UniversityDisaster takes many forms: an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a hurricane, a tornado, a hazardouschemical spill, a radiological accident, or anything else where people are at risk. Natural disastersand man-made calamities occur anytime, anywhere. Every year, millions of Americans facedisaster and its terrifying consequences. These events pose great threats to public security. Theneed for specialists in the field of emergency management has never been greater. Those in thefield of emergency management must have adequate training, experience and education.Department of Technology at Jackson State University (JSU) already has a few courses related toit. However, there is still a need to create a concentration in Emergency ManagementTechnology to well prepare our students as Emergency Management professionals.During the Spring of 2010, JSU’s Technology Department was selected to receive a grant fromthe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for establishing an Emergency ManagementTechnology (EMT) program. The Emergency Management Technology concentration providesstudents with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills of this rapidly expanding field. Abachelor degree with a major in Emergency Management Technology requires the successfulcompletion of 124 credits of coursework, including 39 credits for the major; 64 credits in generaleducation requirements; and 21 credits in the minor, electives and other degree requirements.The curriculum focuses on such topics as emergency planning, incident command, disasterresponse and recovery, hazard identification and mitigation, agency coordination, homelandsecurity, and community emergency training. A capstone project provides the opportunity toapply and demonstrate emergency management skills gained during the course of the program.Our region needs a skilled workforce capable of handling emergency operations and ensuringhomeland security and public safety. Therefore, the establishment of this EmergencyManagement Technology program has met the increased student and local community demands.In September 2011, JSU’s Technology Department received another grant from the Departmentof Homeland Security, through its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics CareerDevelopment Grants program. This grant will enable JSU to award scholarships to qualifiedundergraduate students in homeland security related science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines who intend to pursue homeland security careers. The grantwill help students find employment in Homeland Security, while providing them with uniquetravel and internship opportunities.

Shih, H., & Skelton, G. W., & Yuan, P., & Buck, J., & Williams, B. M. (2012, June), The Development of Emergency Management Technology Program at Jackson State University Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22047

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