Goal and Objectives

The goal of The Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM) is to improve the disaster, emergency, and crisis management plannings, actions and decisions of government, private sector, and not-for-profit organizations by developing new knowledge and transforming theory into practice.

The Institute's objectives are to create and teach courses in crisis, emergency, and risk management and homeland security; conduct innovative research to develop new knowledge in relevant fields; and disseminate knowledge through educational programs, publications, professional forums, and workshops. The Institute faculty and staff work to facilitate exchanges of emergency, crisis, and risk management information, knowledge, and best practices among all sectors. ICDRM is engaged in both domestic and international endeavors and promotes a disciplined method, based upon engineering management and systems engineering principles, in its academics and research.

ICDRM provides a unique, interdisciplinary environment, producing highly competent professionals with both theoretical and applied knowledge and skills. The Institute has been successful in helping to place graduates in crisis, emergency, and risk management positions in public, private and non-profit organizations. Representative positions held by alumni of ICDRM academic programs include:

1) emergency managers for State and local emergency management agencies (including a State director), emergency managers for large public and private universities, the office of the US Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, and departments of health;

2) emergency management-related positions for branches of the U.S. Military, Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Postal Service, US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Homeland Security;

3) faculty positions at US and international institutions of higher learning;

4) business continuity and/or risk management professional positions in government and industry; and

5) academic and professional positions outside the United States, and in the World Bank and other international organizations.