SSE Seminar Series - Clarence Wardell "Information, Disasters, and Giving in a Socially Networked World"

Monday, July 22, 2013 2:00 pm

Location: Babbio 319

SSE Invited Talk
Information, Disasters, and Giving in a Socially Networked World
Clarence Wardell III, PhD
Research Analyst, CNA Institute for Public Research – Safety & Security

ABSTRACT: Over the past decade, a rapidly evolving digital technology landscape has led to dramatic shifts in the way individuals receive, seek, and share information. Through the lens of studies in the disaster response and charitable giving domains, this talk will explore the practical implications of this increased information sharing for policy- and decision-makers. In the disaster response realm, the talk will examine how information taken from social media streams could be used to improve resource allocation decisions along with overall response outcomes. In the charitable giving arena, the results of an online peer-to-peer fundraising experiment are used to explore how actors in online social networks allocate social capital. In each instance, we consider how the existence of open and socially networked platforms alters the traditional dynamics within the selected domains.

BIO: Clarence L. Wardell III, Ph.D. joined CNA Safety and Security in September 2009. As a research analyst Dr. Wardell has worked on FEMA’s Strategic Preparedness and Analytical Reporting (SPAR) Product -- modeling national mass care capability preparedness using social network theory and resource assignment methods, and developing life-cycle cost models to quantify and assess all-hazards response preparedness for FEMA. He has worked with city governments to develop regional catastrophic preparedness plans -- developing resource gap analysis models of Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Public Safety and Security Response (EPSSR) capabilities in response to two catastrophic disaster scenarios.  He also participated in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Haiti Earthquake After Action Conference where he helped facilitate discussion among National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) first responders in regards to perceived challenges and successes during the system's first international deployment.

Prior to joining CNA, Wardell served as a research intern with International Business Machines’ On-Demand Innovation Services Group in Hawthorne, New York. While there he developed a capacity- and value-based pricing (CVBP) model for professional consulting services, for use in negotiating services contracts, increasing profits, and smoothing demand. In 2004 he served an internship with Intel Corporation’s Flash Embedded Solutions Team where he designed and developed a C tool to measure raw read and write performance times on flash devices to allow for a baseline in determining potential file system speed optimizations. He also served internships at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Wardell earned his Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering (Economic Decision Analysis) from Georgia Institute of Technology, where was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Tennenbaum Institute for Enterprise Transformation. He received his B.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.