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SDMI Welcomes Sid Fuchs as a Senior Fellow

September 18, 2014

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SDMI is pleased to announce Sid Fuchs has joined SDMI as its newest Senior Fellow. Since 2011, Fuchs has been the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of MacAulay-Brown, Inc., a leading National Security company that provides advanced engineering services and product solutions to Defense, Intelligence, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and Federal agencies. Fuchs is a nationally recognized business leader with over 25 years experience in a variety of markets, industries and business models that include government, commercial, international, investment, and academia with a history of developing exceptional teams, strategies, operations and results.

“As a native of Louisiana and graduate of LSU, it is truly an honor to join an Institute that was born out of the College’s outstanding response to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” said Fuchs. “I look forward to working closely with my colleagues at SDMI to help the Nation prepare for the next disaster.”

Although recently appointed at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Fuchs is no stranger to Louisiana State University. He earned BS (1984) and MS (1987) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from LSU. In 2013, Fuchs was appointed by LSU to the position of Executive in Residence for the LSU College of Engineering and in 2012, was inducted into the Louisiana State University College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in recognition of his lifetime of achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Fuchs is also the current Chairman of the LSU Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Board of Advisors.

SDMI Executive Director Joseph Booth said of Fuchs joining the SDMI family, “Sid Fuchs is a wonderful addition to our Senior Fellows bench.  Sid has enjoyed enormous success as a result of hard work, a sharp mind, and willingness to take risks.  He is a respected leader and innovator who I will count on for thought leadership.… Read the rest

SDMI Welcomes Waguespack Insurance as a Corporate Member

September 10, 2014

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SDMI is delighted to announce Waguespack Insurance as an SDMI Corporate Member. Corporate members of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute’s Center for Business Preparedness consist of corporations, foundations, and individuals whose passions are aligned with our pursuit of the improvement of emergency management, business continuity, and community resiliency. These organizations and individuals provide the private support needed to sustain these programs and continue to assist our communities in being better prepared and more resilient when disaster strikes.

Waguespack Insurance is an independent agency that handles all types of commercial and personal insurance. Waguespack Insurance is dedicated to not only providing quality insurance to its customers, but also providing tools and information to help businesses succeed.

Tim Waguespack, President of Waguespack and Associates, Ins., Inc., is excited to announce this partnership with SDMI. “Waguespack Insurance is delighted to become a corporate member of SDMI. SDMI and its Center for Business Preparedness is focused on community and business resiliency and we see this partnership as a way to serve our clients and help their businesses become more prepared in the face of disasters and business interruption.”

Corporate Memberships make it possible for SDMI to research and develop current and relevant disaster knowledge, and to provide executive-level leadership education to the next generation of disaster managers, as well as business, volunteer, and government leaders. The memberships also ensure that SDMI will continue to be available to our University, state, and region as an international disaster resource center as we continuously improve disaster knowledge and education for our country.

For more information on how you can help support the mission of the Stephenson Disaster Management Insitute, contact Pat Santos at 225-578-7853 or Lauren Bourg at 225-578-7668.… Read the rest

Turning the Tech Tide. SDMI Featured in Baton Rouge Business Report

September 9, 2014

SDMI and the newly-established Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center (TTCRC) was recenlty featured in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The story highlights the importance of technology in Louisiana ,the role of the research center, and its close relationship with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute.

 “The role of the TTCRC will be to raise money and attract private grant funds. In that endeavor, it will work closely with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, among others. SDMI has been one of LSU’s great success stories in recent years. Founded after Hurricane Katrina with a $25 million donation from Emmet and Toni Stephenson, the institute has become a national leader in the field of major disaster management, developing practices, protocols and attracting companies that are coming up with useful tools and products in that all-important arena.” - Stephanie Riegel

For the full article, click here: Turning the Tech Tide

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