Graduate Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jack Harrald, Ph.D.

Co-Director Emeritus of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM); Professor Emeritus of EMSE


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Address: 800 22nd St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20052
Fax: +1 (202) 994 0245

Office Hours:

by appointment only

Research Areas:

  •  Organisational Learning for Disaster Response and Recovery
  •  Maritime Safety and Security
  •  Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  •  Risk Management


  • EMSE 6315 Management of Risk and Vulnerability for Natural and Technological Hazards
  • EMSE 6310 Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management
  • EMSE 6345 Disaster Recovery and Organizational Continuity

Professional Experience:

  • Director, The George Washington University Institute of Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management; an interdisciplinary institute engaged in research, education, and professional development.

  • Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C

  • Chair, The George Washington University Homeland Security Council; a faculty council that coordinates homeland security related research and education activities at The George Washington University

  • Co-Founder, The George Washington University Aviation Institute, a center for aviation safety and security training and research

  • Program Director, Crisis, Emergency and Risk Management graduate curriculum, School of Engineering and Applied Science, GW University

  • Immediate Past President, The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), an international society of researchers and practitioners in crisis and emergency management

  • Editor, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM). An electronic journal established May 1, 2003, published by Berkeley Press.

  • Associate Editor, The International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM). An international journal published by Inderscience Enterprises LTD.

  • Member Disaster Roundtable Steering Committee, National Research Council

  • Member, National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Committee on Information Technology in Disaster Management

  • 1988-2000 — Associate Director: National Ports and Waterways Institute, A joint research institute of The Louisiana State and George Washington Universities

  • 1989-1993 — Associate Professor of Engineering Management, School of Engineering and Applied Science; The George Washington University

  • 1988-1989 — Acting Director, Administrative Sciences Program, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University.

  • 1986-1989 — Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences and Academic Advisor for Management Information Systems Program; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University

  • 1969-1972 — Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Ocean Sciences, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

  • U.S. Coast Guard
    • 1984-1986 — Chief, Personnel Systems Division, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C. (Captain, USCG)

    • 1981-1984 — Chief, Training Design and Evaluation Branch, Training and Education Division, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.

    • 1978-1981 — Commanding Officer, USCG Group Long Island Sound and Captain of the Port of New Haven (CDR, USCG)

    • 1973-1978 — Chief, Program Staff, Marine Environmental Protection Division, U.S. Coast Guard, Wash. D.C. (LCDR, USCG)

    • 1964-1972 — Operational Assignments, U.S. Coast Guard


List of Publications

Educational Background:

  • download brief bio:
  • Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
  • M.B.A., Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.A.L.S., Wesleyan Univ.B.S., U.S. Coast Guard Academy