Organizers

Megan Finn is an Assistant Professor at University of Washington’s Information School.  Her work examines relations amongst institutions, infrastructures, and practices in the production, circulation, and use of information. She examines these relations  in her forthcoming book Documenting Aftermath: Event Epistemology and the Informatics of Disaster, under contract with MIT Press. Megan is particularly interested in questions that require historical and contemporary analysis, including: How do changing technological infrastructures and changing information practices shape one another? How can information practices and infrastructures bridge social, geographic and historical contexts? How should we evaluate the potential for new information technologies and infrastructures to enhance understanding and awareness after unusual events? Megan completed her PhD in 2012at UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and spent two wonderful years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, MA with the Social Media Research Group. She has a Masters in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor LSA Honors College. She spent three years working as a engineer and research engineer at HP.

 

Scott Miles is a Research Scientist at University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and private consultant.  His expertise is disaster risk reduction, community resilience, and lifeline infrastructure. Prior to University of Washington, he was instrumental in establishing Western Washington University’s disaster risk reduction undergraduate program, as well as WWU’s Resilience Institute. He possesses a unique set of skills and experiences across the fields of civil engineering, geomorphology, geographic information systems, and urban planning.

As a social scientist with an engineering background, Dr. Miles has a strong foundation in both quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. Dr. Miles has received grant funding or contracts from the National Science Foundation, Natural Hazards Center, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Washington State Emergency Management Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, King Count Office of Emergency Management, NOAA, and USGS, among others.

Dr. Miles received his PhD in geography from University of Washington, where he studied the synergy between urban geography, geological hazards, disaster recovery, spatial simulation modeling, and collaborative process design. He received a post-graduate diploma from the University of Edinburgh in GIS, with a focus on environmental modeling. His MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering is from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he focused on geotechnical earthquake engineering and numerical methods. An undergraduate degree in the same field was received from Washington State University.Dr. Miles was a member of the U.S. Geological Survey Western Region Earthquake Hazards Team for six years, as well as a university instructor, research associate, and private consultant.