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Kevin Mickey

The Polis Center

Expert Bio

Kevin J. Mickey is director of professional development and geospatial technologies education at The Polis Center and adjunct associate faculty in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. His focus includes creation of geospatial tools and workflows for managing hazard risk, with emphasis on flood hazards; conducting risk assessments; and developing mitigation plans for multiple communities.

Mickey is a recognized expert in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazus-MH natural hazard loss estimation technology and supporting methodology. His experience with Hazus-MH includes multiple hazard modeling projects as well as design and management of more than two dozen courses in flood, earthquake and hurricane risk assessment, disaster operations, and data management.

He has more than 27 years of experience in consulting for multiple U.S. federal agencies including FEMA, the Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Geological Survey, National Library of Medicine, and many state and local government, private-sector, academic and not-for-profit entities. He teaches courses and workshops on a variety of geospatial tools and topics. This includes serving as a lead instructor since 2003 for the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

Mickey is working on a book, “Geospatial Technologies and Flood Risk Modeling,” to be published by Taylor and Francis Press. It will discuss the past, current and potential future applications of GIS and other geospatial tools for the identification and mitigation of flood risk.

Areas of Expertise

GIS software training, hazards research, emergency management, strategic needs assessments, community improvement planning, data interpretation and application, predictive modeling, impact analysis, civic engagement.

Other Information

Professional affiliations: Chairman, National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council, and co-investigator for riverine flood hazard analysis of the institute’s Mitigation Saves project; board of directors, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association; chair, Indiana Geographic Information Council’s Education and Outreach Committee, and past member of the council’s board of directors.

He is also the current chair of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s Professional Educational Materials Committee, served on the URISA Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017, and chaired the URISA Professional Practices Division from August 2012 to January 2015.


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