The Impact360 Team
The idea of Impact360 was crafted through a series of interdisciplinary workshops and working groups facilitated between 2013 and 2017. Our formation is due to the collaborative efforts of a large network of researchers and practitioners, as well as resources provided by ImpactWX, NOAA, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington. Get to know our staff and steering committee.
Dr. Scott Miles is an expert on disaster risk reduction, community resilience, information systems, and human centered design. In addition to being the Director of Impact360, he is a senior research scientist in the D
As a social scientist with an engineering background, Dr. Miles has a strong foundation in both quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. Dr. Miles has received grant funding or contracts from the National Science Foundation, Natural Hazards Center, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, King County Office of Emergency Management, Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office, NOAA, and USGS, among others.
Dr. Miles received his
Daphne Thompson is a meteorologist with a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma. Over her career, she has worked in educational outreach, assisted with local emergency management, and worked in marketing for a private weather company. Her skills include public speaking, writing, and the ability to share complex meteorological processes in ways anyone can understand. Daphne is familiar with the issues caused by natural hazards and disasters. Her experience in working with both researchers and practitioners allows her to be able to speak with both groups that Impact360 aims to connect. In her spare time, Daphne enjoys watching classic movies, working in her garden, and baking.
Zane Beall has a B.A in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Disaster Reduction and Emergency Planning from Western Washington University. He then attended the University of Washington, where he earned a Masters in Public Administration. Previous experience includes serving as a Senior Consultant where Zane supported local and state agencies on emergency planning and community resilience projects. His knowledge and expertise make Zane a good fit for Impact360. When not working, Zane enjoys many hobbies, including trail running and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Design Strategy Manager
Jamie Albrecht possesses a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs from American University. She then earned a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Jamie’s experience as an academic and practitioner in the natural hazard field, and her time designing with and for the federal government has uniquely prepared her to work at Impact360. On weekends, Jamie enjoys hiking, or you may catch her riding her bike as she prefers that to driving.
Joseph E. Trainor, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and a Core Faculty Member of the Disaster Research Center, where he, conducts research, provides consultation, teaches, and mentors students.
Trainor conducts multi-disciplinary, mixed methods, qualitative, and quantitative research focused on different dimensions of disasters and crises. His studies include “basic” science, applied research, and rapid reconnaissance post-disaster fieldwork studies. Recent projects have focused on: International Aspects of Disasters; Disaster Researcher and Practitioner Integration; Warnings, Risk Perception, and Protective Action Decision making for short fuse hazards; Post Hurricane Housing Decisions; Household Insurance and Mitigation Decision, and Multi-organizational Response. Findings from these efforts have led to over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, over a dozen
In terms of instruction, Joe is a core faculty member in the Disaster Science and Management (DISA) program. He teaches courses and advises students in DISA, the Urban Affairs and Public Policy
Joe often works with applied agencies and has done emergency management consulting for the National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security(DHS), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and various state and local emergency management agencies.
Finally, Trainor has international experience and has worked on projects with collaborators in India, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Australia. and the United Nations(UN.) He is particularly interested in exploring how different cultural settings impact human interpretation and response to disasters and how different places approach the management of risk and disasters.
Kim Klockow-McClain is a research scientist and the societal applications coordinator for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS). She additionally serves as the group
Before joining CIMMS/NSSL, Kim worked for several years as a policy advisor for social scientific research at the NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality outside Washington, D.C., where she served as the first social scientist in the office. In this role, she had the opportunity to coordinate with NSF, the National Academies of Science, congressional committees, the AMS Policy Program, partner academic institutions, the AAAS, and other NOAA line offices, including the National Weather Service.
Kim was the 2013/14 AMS-UCAR Congressional Science
She completed her Ph.D. in human/hazards geography from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 2013 and also holds an M.S. in professional meteorology from OU and B.S. degrees in economics and synoptic meteorology from Purdue University.
Kim is a member of the AMS Planning Commission and the AMS Centennial
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