M. John Plodinec – Social & Economic Standing Committee Chair

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MJPJohn Plodinec is the Associate Director, Resilience Technologies, for the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI). He is responsible for identifying and evaluating technologies useful for enhancing a community’s resilience. He is the technical lead for development of CARRI’s Community Resilience System and its Campus Resilience Enhancement System. His most important contributions have been development of action-oriented tools that operationalize the “Whole Community” concept for both communities and college campuses.  He has also helped several communities and universities develop recovery plans for disasters.

He also coordinated development of an action plan for management of woody biomass and debris generated by disasters produced by the federal government’s Woody Biomass Working Group. This effort involved a team from seven federal agencies (Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Interior, the EPA, the US Forest Service, FEMA, and the Corps of Engineers) as well as coordination with other major stakeholders in the American forest enterprise.

Dr. Plodinec is a Distinguished Affiliated Professor in Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University. His teaching centers around applications of systems thinking to emergency management.

John is also an internationally recognized expert in nuclear and chemical waste management. He headed a team to assist the Indian glass and metal foundry industries to convert to natural gas from coal to prevent further deterioration of the Taj Mahal in India. As part of a NATO-sponsored team, he prepared recommendations that have been followed by the government of Estonia in cleaning up the Sillamae site, reputedly the most contaminated site in Europe.