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Shawn Steadman


Advisor/Mentor: Manoj S. Patankar
Program Start: Fall 2014



Recognized as a long-standing member of the emergency management, homeland security and business continuity communities, Shawn is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), and Professional Continuity Practitioner (PCP). In addition, he is an OSHA HazWhopper and Emergency Response instructor in hazardous materials. Shawn is also a member of several Incident Support and Special Operations Teams.  His expertise includes local, state and federal Emergency Operations Centers (EOC’s) and acting as a member of the Command and General Staff with Area and Unified Commands. A background in Architecture/Engineering allows him to resolve complex technical issues and objectives in the field of Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR). Furthermore, he is a tactical instructor in High-value Asset (HVA) protection. Finally, Mr. Steadman is currently pursuing his doctorate in aviation with an emphasis on the application of unmanned aviation assets in the field of emergency management and homeland security. 


Shawn’s area of research is the strategic and tactical operations of UAS in the three disaster categories of emergency management and homeland security; natural, man-made and technological.  The focus is to develop the applications of aerial remote sensing and live feed video, thereby, increasing situational awareness for first responders.  Natural disasters are any incident or force of nature that has catastrophic consequences, such as avalanche, earthquake, flood, fire, hurricane, lightning, tornado, tsunami, and volcanic eruption. Man-made disasters are deliberate or negligent human actions directly and principally that cause one or more identifiable disastrous events such as civil unrest and terrorism.  It also includes, the protection of critical infrastructure and assets.  Finally, technological and accidental disasters include hazards such as nuclear power plant failures and hazardous materials incidents.