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Michael Rumsewicz – The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre: Working together for a disaster resilient Australia
March 23, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Dr Michael Rumsewicz, Research Director, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, Australia
20+ universities, three national research organisations, 30+ end user partner organisations, 150 researchers, 200 end user representatives, 80 PhD students, working on 50 projects, spread across a country the about the size of the USA, trying to help build a disaster resilient Australia. Did I mention the program stretches from physical science to government policy and everything in between?
This presentation gives a snapshot of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research program, what we are doing, how we are doing it, and some of the challenges in cat herding and getting research into practice. We’re always keen to find out how other folks approach similar problems, and would love to see if there are opportunities for collaboration and exploitation of complementary research.
Michael Rumsewicz's studies were undertaken at the University of Adelaide where he graduated with a first class honours degree in Applied Mathematics in 1984 and was awarded his PhD in 1989. From 1988-1994 Michael worked at Bellcore (USA), specialising in performance analysis of telecommunications systems. In 1994 he returned to Australia and for the next 15 years led telecommunications performance research programs at RMIT University and the University of Adelaide. After approximately 20 years in the telecommunications industry and academia, Michael decided it was time to do something different and became Business Development Manager in the Civil Engineering School, with the primary responsibility for building links and growing research funding from industry and government in areas spanning water, structural and mining engineering. Michael joined the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as Research Director in September 2013 and in January 2016 was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.