Dr. DeeDee Bennett - Professor - Steering committe
DeeDee Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany - SUNY. Her primary research areas include emergency management, socially vulnerable populations during disasters, emergency communications, disaster policy, and mobile wireless communications. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level; some of her classes include, disaster response and recovery, intergovernmental and cross-sector collaboration during disasters, and vulnerable populations. Since 2017, she has administered the state of the community annual survey to learn about the emergency management higher education programs nationwide on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
She has secured several internal and external research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. Her work is published in various journals and she has presented at several conferences related to emergency management, disability, wireless technology, and future studies. Her previous appointments include Assistant Professor and Director of the Emergency Management and Disaster Science program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Bennett received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Fire and Emergency Management. In addition to bringing expertise in emergency management, she has a unique academic background having received both her M.S. in Public Policy and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.