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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

Melanie Bartis

M.S. 2004

Program Manager for the Houston Regional Prepardness Initiative, Houston, TX

Melissa (Berry) Potter

M.S. 2008

Chief of Logistics, South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Kevin Borden

Ph.D. 2008, M.S. 2004

Federalism and Emergency Management Section Research Manager, Congressional Research Service

Bryan Boruff

Ph.D. 2005

Senior Lecturer, School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia

Greg Bowser

Ph.D. 2013

Senior Specialist, Cadmus Group, Washington, DC

Bryan Bricker

M.S. 2017

Catastrophe Modeling Analyst, Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, IL

Jessica Brugh

M.S. 2019


Kyle Buck

Ph.D. 2014


Christopher Burton

Ph.D. 2012, M.S. 2007

Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Raelene Campbell

M.S. 2018

National Weather Service Cleveland, OH

Richard F. Collins, Jr.

Ph.D. 1998

DCS Corporation, Huntsville, AL

Mark W. Corson

Ph.D. 1997

Professor of Geography, 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

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

Research Analyst at CENTRA Technology, Washington D.C.

Katie Field

M.S. 2000

Michael Baker Corporation, Washington D.C.

Christina Finch

M.S. 2006

FEMA, Washington D.C.

Melanie Gall

Ph.D. 2007

Research Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Patrice Goins

M.A. 2002

Director of Public Health Prepardness for Region 3 of SCDHEC

Dan Goff

M.S. 2015

AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania

Robert Gottlieb

M.S. 2015

GIS Analyst, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis

Christina (Griffin) Garrard

M.A. 2009

Emergency Preparedness Specialist at Georgia's Northeast Health District

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

Regional Director, TE Products, Pennsylvania

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

Jitka Kotelenska 

M.A. 2005

CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd, Seattle, WA.

Valerie Kudes Double

M.S. 1998

Project Manager, AECOM, Abington, PA

Yago Martín González

Ph.D. 2019

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Central Florida

Reggie McCarn

M.S. 2005

Chief - Geospatial Open Source Operations - East, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Ginni (Melton) Stevens

M.S. 2008

Senior Project Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation

Charmel Menzel

M.S. 2001

Solution Engineer, ESRI

Jerry T. Mitchell

Ph.D. 1998

Director, Center of Excellence for Geographic Education, University of South Carolina

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

Pacific Disaster Center, Washington, DC

Leigh Ann Morgan

M.S. 1998


Angela Nelson

M.S. 2005

Hazard Mitigation Planner, IEM, Inc., Durham, NC.

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

Darren B. Parnell

Ph.D. 2005

Associate Professor of Geography, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Erika O. Pham

M.S. 2018

Ph.D. student, University of South Carolina

Paul David Putnam

M.S. 2000

District Coordinator, Michigan State University Extension

Rachel (Reeves) McCaster

M.S. 2015

Earthquake Planner, South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Matt C. Schmidtlein

Ph.D. 2008

M.S. 2005

Associate Professor of Geography, Sacramento State University

Ronnie Schumann

Ph.D. 2015

Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Michael S. Scott

Ph.D. 1998

Professor of Geography, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Michael Senn

Ph.D. 2014

U.S. Army, Washington D.C.

Tyler Spires

M.S. 2018

  Cleveland, OH

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