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Le Moyne College Names Dr. Martha Grabowski as McDevitt Endowed Chair in Information Systems

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College has named Martha Grabowski, Ph.D., to the inaugural McDevitt Chair in Information Systems. Prior to her appointment as McDevitt chair, Dr. Grabowski served as professor and chair of the business administration department and director of the information systems program at Le Moyne.

“Dr. Grabowski’s experience, expertise and drive is simply extraordinary,” said Le Moyne Provost Linda LeMura, Ph.D. “The institution and our students will benefit immensely through her work and the research she will conduct as McDevitt chair. We are thrilled that Dr. Grabowski will take on this vital role at the College.”

As chair, Dr. Grabowski’s research will focuses on some of the newest frontiers of large-scale system research, from infrastructure challenges in the Arctic, to the use of social media in extreme warning systems such as tsunamis and hurricanes, to the development of predictive models for disaster prevention and response systems, financial cybersecurity, and global marine transportation safety.

The chair that Dr. Grabowski holds is made possible through a $50 million endowment that was bestowed upon Le Moyne in 2008 through the estate of Bob and Kay McDevitt, longtime friends of the College. The endowment also will support chairs in computer science, religious philosophy and physics, and will endow professorships, as well as fund related staff, research, technology and overhead costs. In addition, it will support the new McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation.

Grabowski will serve as chair of a National Academies policy study assessing needs and requirements for oil spill response in the Arctic, and is serving on another National Academies planning committee for a workshop in October 2012 that is addressing ship navigation challenges in the Arctic. Much of Grabowski’s research centers on developing understandings of how large-scale high reliability systems of people, organizations and technology behave, particularly those that are complex and geographically distributed. Examples include studying how social media can mobilize large masses of people in harm’s way in very short time periods during a tsunami, as well as during longer warning events, such as hurricanes; and modeling large-scale systems to prevent disruptions in disaster prevention and response settings, in global logistics and supply chains, and in financial cybersecurity systems.

Grabowski holds a doctoral degree in management/information systems, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; she earned a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She is a former licensed deck officer in the U.S. merchant marine and a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

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posted on: 9/18/2012