David Merrick (MS) is the Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Disaster Risk Policy at Florida State University. His research and interest areas include social media and emergency management, unmanned aircraft systems, disaster logistics, crisis mapping, and information technology and emergency management.
Mr. Merrick developed and oversees EMHS's Disaster Incident Research Team, which deploys to disaster impact areas to perform field research on disaster and emergency management. This team consists of EMHS/CDRP staff as well as FSU students who have valid research agendas or projects, and is partnering with other FSU departments to perform multidisciplinary research and data collection.
Mr. Merrick developed EMHS's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) courses and curriculum. He is part of the team that developed the EMHS and CDRP UAS capability for use in disaster management, and has led teams performing this work in Haiti and Jamaica. He is a certified UAS operator with an emphasis on professional aviation operations in a variety of environments.
As part of the applied research team at CDRP, Mr. Merrick has extensive experience in emergency management training and exercises for all levels of government, facilitated plan review and development, and has provided technical assistance on a variety of government and private sector EM projects.
He currently teaches 'Foundations of Emergency Management', 'Emergency Management Planning and Policy', 'Disaster Systems', 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management', and routinely lectures on logistics, technology, and cyber security in other EMHS courses.
Outside of emergency management, he has over 15 years of application and database development experience on a variety of platforms. He is well versed in agile development practices and has overseen the creation and integration of successful software solutions for a range of clients and markets.
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