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Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute


HVRI alumni hold jobs across the country in academia, emergency management, public heath, GIS, and much more!

The following graduates worked with the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute during their time at USC.

Kevin Ash               

Ph.D. 2015

Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Lindsey Barnes

M.S. 2008

Works for enXco, a wind and solar development company in CO

Melanie Bartis

M.S. 2004

Senior Planner at IEM, Houston, TX

Melissa (Berry) Potter

M.S. 2008

Chief of Preparedness, South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Kevin Borden

Ph.D. 2008, M.S. 2004

Senior Director of Research and Analytics, Association of Research Libraries, Washington DC

Bryan Boruff

Ph.D. 2005

Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia, Perth

Greg Bowser

Ph.D. 2013

Senior Specialist, Data Analysis/Visualization at The Cadmus Group, Washington, DC

Bryan Bricker

M.S. 2017

Data Analyst, Department of Defense, McLean, VA

Jessica Brugh

M.S. 2019

Leasing Consultant, Camden Property Trust, Washington D.C.

Kyle Buck

Ph.D. 2014

Geographer at USEPA, Gulf Breeze, FL

Christopher Burton

Ph.D. 2012, M.S. 2007

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Raelene Campbell

M.S. 2018

Meteorologist, National Weather Service Medina, OH

Richard F. Collins, Jr.

Ph.D. 1998

DCS Corporation, Huntsville, AL

Mark W. Corson

Ph.D. 1997

Professor of Geography, Chair of Natural Sciences, Northwest Missouri State University

Eric Daley

B.S. 2003

Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy

Elizabeth (Dunn) Lake

M.S. 2007

General Accounting Office, Atlanta, GA

Sahar Derakhshan

Ph.D. 2020

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of South Carolina

Andrew Edmonds

M.S. 2006

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, Durham, NC

Chris Emrich

Ph.D. 2005

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

Elijah Evans

M.S. 2008

Risk Analyst & Data Scientist, DESE Research Inc., Huntsville, AL

Katie Field

M.S. 2000

GIS Technical Manager, Michael Baker Corporation, Washington D.C.

Christina Finch

M.S. 2006

National Hurricane Program Manager, FEMA, Washington D.C.

Melanie Gall

Ph.D. 2007

Research Professor, Emergency Mgmt and Homeland Security Program, Arizona State University

Patrice Goins

M.A. 2002

Director of Public Health Prepardness for Region 3 of SCDHEC

Dan Goff

M.S. 2015

Meteorologist and Client Support Coordinator, AccuWeather, Wichita, KS

Robert Gottlieb

M.S. 2015

GIS Analyst, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis

Christina (Griffin) Garrard

M.A. 2009

Chief Executive Officer at Griffin LLC

Jennifer Haney

Ph.D. 2010

Assistant Professor of Geography, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

Arleen A. Hill

Ph.D. 2002, M.S. 1998

Professor of Geography, University of Memphis

Danika Holm Yeager

M.S. 1994

Chief Operating Office, VP of Operations and Project Execution, Lone Star Ports, Kingwood, TX

Steve Jones

M.S. 2003

U.S. Department of State

Bandana Kar

Ph.D. 2008

Research Scientist, Urban Dynamics Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Cindy Kolomechuk

M.S. 2001

Oregon Department of Forestry, Troutdale, OR

Jitka Kotelenska 

M.A. 2005

Critigen, Bristol, United Kingdom

Valerie Kudes Double

M.S. 1998

FERC and Permitting Task Manager, AECOM, Pittsburgh, PA

Yago Martín González

Ph.D. 2019

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Central Florida

Logan Lee

M.S. 2021

Instructor, US Military Academy, West Point, NY

Reggie McCarn

M.S. 2005

Geospatial Analyst, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C. 

Ginni (Melton) Stevens

M.S. 2008

Senior Project Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation, Cheyenne, WY

Charmel Menzel

M.S. 2001

GIS Solution Engineer, ESRI, Washington D.C. 

Jerry T. Mitchell

Ph.D. 1998

Director, Center of Excellence for Geographic Education, University of South Carolina; Professor and Chair, Department of Geography

Jaime Mitchem

Ph.D. 2004

Professor of Geography/GIS, Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA

Dan Morath

M.S. 2010

Senior Disaster Risk Specialist, Pacific Disaster Center, Washington, DC

Leigh Ann Morgan

M.S. 1998


Angela Nelson

M.S. 2005

Senior Consultant, Change Healthcare, Portland, OR

Khai H. Nguyen

M.S. 2015

Ph.D. student, Rutgers University

Jaime Easoz Painter

M.S. 2002

Geographer, South Atlantic Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Suwanee, GA

Darren B. Parnell

Ph.D. 2005

Professor of Geography, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Erika O. Pham

M.S. 2018

Geospatial Analyst, Texas Community Watershed Partners, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services, Houston, TX

Paul David Putnam

M.S. 2000

District Coordinator, Michigan State University Extension, Stephenson, MI

Jake Ramthum

M.S. 2020

NASA SERVIR, Technical Reporting and Communications Associate, NASA Huntsville, AL

Rachel (Reeves) McCaster

M.S. 2015

Critical Infrastructure and Risk Analysis Program Manager, South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Matt C. Schmidtlein

Ph.D. 2008

M.S. 2005

Professor of Geography, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA

Ronnie Schumann

Ph.D. 2015

Assistant Professor, College of Health and Public Service, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Michael S. Scott

Ph.D. 1998

Professor of Geography, Dean, Henson School of Science & Technology, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Michael Senn

Ph.D. 2014

Visualization Engineer, IT Cadre, Ashburn, VA 

Tyler Spires

M.S. 2018

  Mitigation specialist, South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Joanne Stevenson

M.S. 2010 

Principal Consultant, Resilient Organisations Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Eric Tate

Ph.D. 2011

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Iowa

Deborah S.K. Thomas

Ph.D. 1999

Professor and Chair, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, UNC Charlotte

Tracy Whelen

M.S. 2020

Travelers Insurance, Hartford, CT

Megan Wood

M.S. 2016

Dam Safety Operation Planner, South Carolina Emergency Management Division