The Engineers' Role in Emergency Management Podcast

This inaugural episode examines the engineer’s role in emergency management featuring Dennis Schrader, P.E., Former FEMA, Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, and current President at DRS International, LLC and Daniel Martin, CEM, CFM, Integrated Solutions Consulting.

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Dennis R. SchraderDennis R. Schrader, P.E.
President, DRS International, LLC

Dennis R. Schrader, president of DRS International, offers his clients more than 30 years experience in executive and engineering administration with expertise in emergency preparation and homeland security, hospital administration and project management. Prior to launching his company in 2009, Schrader served as Deputy Administrator of the National Preparedness Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In that capacity, he oversaw the coordination and development of resources and tools needed to prepare for all hazards scenarios, including acts of terrorism. These included strategy, policy and planning guidance to build prevention, protection and recovery capabilities.

Prior to this assignment, Schrader served as Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security for Maryland. As Maryland's first Director of Homeland Security, under Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., he is credited with the establishment of the office, as well as introducing efforts to improve public safety communications and advance information sharing abilities within the state. Using a Program Executive Office (PEO) strategy to foster collaboration during his tenure, Maryland developed many successful interagency projects like Maryland’s Information-sharing Fusion Center and improvements to the Hazardous Materials Commercial Driver’s License program. He was an active member of several homeland security committees including the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council of Maryland and Maryland Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee.

Previously, Schrader spent 16 years at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), where his leadership posts included Director of Operations, Vice President of Facilities Management and Development and Vice President of Project Planning and Development. At UMMS, his work included development of medical preparedness plans for mass casualty incidents. He was a key member of the executive team that transformed the University of Maryland Medical Center into its current status as a prominent, nationally recognized institution.

Schrader began his career in the auto industry as a manufacturing supervisor. He then later shifted his professional career to that of a U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, where he deployed to the islands of Guam and Diego Garcia, and served tours in Sicily and at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He remained on active duty until 1987 and on reserve status until 2007. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain.

In 1994, Schrader successfully ran for County Council in Howard County and served one term representing eastern Howard. During his tenure on the council, he focused on plans to improve the U.S. Rt. 1 corridor, efficiency of government spending and making government work for citizens through quality constituent service.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Schrader received his bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Kettering University and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Minnesota. He resides in Columbia, Md. with his wife, Sandra, a former Maryland State Senator, and daughter, Whitney.


Daniel MartinDaniel Martin, CEM, CFM
Integrated Solutions Consulting

Dan Martin is a founding partner of Integrated Solutions Consulting and is a professor in Emergency Management at several universities. Mr. Martin has advances degrees in Emergency Management, and is one of the nation’s first doctoral candidates in Emergency Management. He is recognized as an astute professor of emergency management studies, bridging the theoretical and practical applications of the field of study and dedicated to promoting the profession. He has presented and authored on numerous emergency management topics. Mr. Martin has worked with local, state, and federal governments, as well as international corporations, in the fields of environmental engineering, public health, and emergency management. Additionally, Mr. Martin has responded in various capacities to over twenty disasters including the 2001 World Trade Center Attacks, the 2004 Florida Hurricanes, and Hurricane Katrina, and has authored scores of emergency planning doctrine.

Mr. Martin’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the profession of emergency management and the effects of disasters on critical infrastructure and communities has led him to become involved in several professional organizations including American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Critical Infrastructure, The Infrastructure Security Partnership, and International Association of Emergency Managers. Mr. Martin has been recognized by other in the industry as an innovative problem solver - dedicated to the profession of emergency and disaster management. Mr. Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He is the National Critical Infrastructure Lead for ASCE, and chairs the IAEM Certified Emergency Manager Designation.