John R. Harrald, Ph.D.

Dr. John Harrald is the Director Emeritus of The George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering in the GWU School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a Research Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Center for Technology, Security, and Policy. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. Dr. Harrald is a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors, a member of the National Research Council Disasters Roundtable Steering Committee and the National Research Council Committee on Aviation Emergency Management. He is the Executive Editor of the electronic Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He is the Immediate Past President of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) and is the former Associate Director of the National Ports and Waterways Institute. Dr. Harrald has been actively engaged in the fields of emergency and crisis management and maritime safety and security and as a researcher in his academic career and as a practitioner during his 22 year career as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, retiring in the grade of Captain. He has written and published in the fields of crisis management, emergency management, management science, risk and vulnerability analysis, and maritime safety. Dr. Harrald was the Principle Investigator for maritime risk and crisis management studies in Prince William Sound, Alaska, the Port of New Orleans, San Francisco Bay, and Washington State. He has studied the response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Andrew, the Northridge Earthquake, the 1999 Turkey earthquakes, the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Harrald received his B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University, a M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and an MBA and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.