Kevin Mickey is the Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technology Education at The Polis Center, an applied research center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also Adjunct Associate Faculty for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI where he teaches graduate courses in the application of GIS for emergency management and public safety.
He has over 25 years of consulting for multiple US federal agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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. Early activities ranged from managing and supporting county GIS implementations to conducting site selection studies. For the past decade he has been focused on the creation of geospatial tools and workflows for managing flood risk, conducting risk assessments, and developing mitigation plans for multiple communities. He has also supported the governments of Canada and Singapore by providing recommendations on flood risk mitigation tools and strategies.
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. Kevin is a recognized expert in FEMA’s Hazus-MH technology and supporting methodology. Experience with Hazus-MH includes multiple hazard modelling projects as well as design and management of over two dozen courses in flood, earthquake and hurricane risk assessment, disaster operations, and data management.
Kevin currently serves as the Chairman of the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and chaired the URISA Professional Practices Division from August 2012 to January 2015. He also chairs the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) Education and Outreach Committee and is a past member of the IGIC Board of Directors.
Kevin is currently working on a book titled “Geospatial Technologies and Flood Risk Modeling” to be published by Taylor and Francis Press in February 2016. It will discuss the past, current and potential future applications of GIS and other geospatial tools for the identification and mitigation of flood risk.