Emergent Technologies Initiative

Mass Maritime’s Emergency Management department is continuing to build on a rich legacy of technology-based education. Our goal is to be known as one of the top technology-focused EM programs in the country, and for our graduates to be recognized as emergent technology-focused practitioners. Several new initiatives are underway that are intended to expand our students’ technological experiences and world view. Here is a sampling:

Expanding and Embedding Emergent Technologies in Our Curriculum: While our courses will continue to teach the “legacy” technologies of EM (e.g., ALOHA, CAMEO, HAZUS, MARPLOT, WebEOC, etc.), we are rigorously introducing next generation technologies such as ArcGIS Online, Crimemapping.com; Digital Humanitarian Network; Disaster Alert; Facebook Crisis; GeoMAC, Global Hawk; Global Hazards Information Network (GHIN); Global Terrorism Database; Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT); HumanitarianResponse.info; InaSAFE; Landsat; ReliefWeb; Scan Eagle; Story Maps; ThinkHazard!; USDA Active Fire Mapping; and World Bank Open Learning Campus. We are especially focused on emerging social media and crowdsourcing-based technologies, and UAS technologies. We are currently in the design stage of introducing new courses in those areas.

New Emergency Management Simulation Center: For decades, Mass Maritime has been highly regarding for its use of ship and radar simulators to educate merchant mariners. Our Emergency Management department is continuing that legacy. MMA is investing 1.6M dollars in our new EM Simulation Center.  This new simulator center will be the backbone of our new technologies initiative, providing students with the opportunity to apply both legacy technologies and emergent technologies in a near real-world environment.  Students will apply tactical and strategic decision making,  use emergency response applications to establish and maintain response organizations and execute decision making processes involving representatives of multiple agencies, elected officials, the private sector, technical experts and volunteer organizations. It will enhance the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and reinforce the Academy as a professional center of excellence for EM in New England. 

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Corps: Mass Maritime’s UAS Corps (established Fall 2018) is a student-driven organization that provides Emergency Management majors with an opportunity to learn about UAS capabilities, operations, principles, and FAA regulations, and apply those learnings through support operations with local emergency management agencies. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) estimates 15,000 new drones in service by state and local agencies in the next 15 years, and100,000 new UAS-related jobs in the United States by 2025. Our UAS Corps will provide students with baseline UAS training and experience that will help them prepare for and compete in an increasingly technology-focused EM job market.