About Me

I am a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Previously, I have been a consultant to numerous government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Executive Office of the President, and the United States Department of Homeland Security, and worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as an internal consultant on scientific computing. I am a passionate educator, teaching mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland Global Campus since 2010 and have taught public management at Baruch College, Central Michigan University, Penn State, and the University of Baltimore.

I am fortunate to play in everyone else’s backyard. My most recent work has modeled the spread of infectious respiratory diseases and Ebolavirus, predicted global disruptive events, researched using blockchain for government services, and created devices for rescuing victims of building collapse. I have written two books on my work and co-edited two more.

In my spare time, I have served Howard County, Maryland, as a member of the Board of Appeals and Charter Review Commission and the Watershed Stewards Academy Advisory Committee of the University of Maryland Extension. Prior volunteer experience also includes providing economic advice to the Columbia Association, establishing an alumni association for the College Park Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, and serving on numerous public and private volunteer advisory boards.


Courses Taught

  • MSA 603—Foundations of Research Methods in Administration
    Introduction to research methods relevant to public administration and public policy
  • MSA 607—Program Management in Complex Organizations
    Managing multiple projects and programs using standard methods and practices
  • MSA 647—People and Project Administration
    Project administration with a special focus on managing people and human resources
  • PSC 516—Environmental Politics and Policy
    Policy-making, political strategy, and decision models for environmental policy