This is the first of three episodes featuring highlights from the University of Maryland Project Management Symposium 2019. Here we focus on two of the presentation tracks: Disaster Resilience and Risk Management. Topics covered are Post Disaster Project Management; Stepping Safely into the Unknown – Project Management in a VUCA Environment; Carbon Neutrality, Resiliency, Program Management; The Relation between Risk Management and Project Success; and What is Lurking in your Project Forecasts?
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Gregory Baecher is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland. He holds a BSCE from UC Berkeley and a PhD in civil engineering from MIT. He is the author of four books on risk, safety, and the protection of civil infrastructure, and 200+ technical publications. Dr. Baecher consults to government and industry on project risk management related to civil infrastructure.
Maria Papadaki has over ten years of experience in Risk Management in both Academia and Industry. She spent many years at Rolls Royce, where she managed and designed their Supply Chain Risk Management strategic framework, and managed their Risk and Business Continuity Management process. Maria holds a PhD in Risk Management from the School of Mechanical Aerospace & Civil Engineering at The University of Manchester.
Thomas Polen currently serves as Director, Solutions Architect for the Project and Portfolio Management solutions at Deltek. During his career, Tom has scoped, designed, developed, and implemented Project Planning Systems in the telecommunications, transportation, insurance, and defense industries. His mission is to help the field of Project Management to focus on analysis, rather than the development of data and information used to support analysis.
Mark Reeson is an International Strategic Project Management Advisor. A project manager of over thirty years, he is currently developing PMOs and Disaster Management policies in the Middle East, with a focus around sustainability management. Mark served 24 years in the Royal Air Force. As a project professional he has worked in defense, nuclear, local and national government and hospitality sectors, while also assisting with the IOC in the Youth Olympic Games.
Robert Schmitz, Assoc. AIA, CMIT, LEED GA, GGP has over 25 years of experience in design and construction, and is a leader in sustainability. Robert has been involved with disaster recovery projects for the past 6+ years and is currently a Project Executive for the NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Small Business and Rental Programs. He previously supported the NJ RREM Single Family Home Program. Robert currently sits on the Board of Directors for the NY/NJ Green Build Center.