Name: Ryan A.G. Whytlaw
Title: Senior Research Specialist
Ryan Whytlaw is a Senior Research Specialist with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Mr. Whytlaw also provides research support to the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a US Department of Homeland Security (US DHS) Center of Excellence. Mr. Whytlaw has more than 10 years of experience in the field’s emergency management and public safety. He supports a variety of research and planning projects involving a range of policy topics such as emergency management and operations, hazards risk assessment, security, mitigation, climate change adaptation and disaster resiliency. His experience includes supporting research projects involving all-hazards emergency management and evacuation planning, entertainment venue and stadium security, transportation systems disaster resiliency, health impact assessments, as well as crafting cost-benefit policies and processes in these policy areas.
Prior to joining VTC, Mr. Whytlaw was employed with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) as a public safety planner under both the Council of Governments and its associate organization the National Capital Region (NCR) Transportation Planning Board. His work included the coordination of evacuation planning efforts between federal, state, county, and local agency representatives in the NCR under the Emergency Support Function (ESF) 1 – Transportation Committee as committee lead for MWCOG. Mr. Whytlaw further acted as committee lead to the NCR’s Fire Chiefs under ESF-4 along with many other efforts focusing on emergency management and public safety issues. Additionally, Mr. Whytlaw spent time at CSR, Incorporated, where he supported multiple US DHS projects including the administering of the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) requiring review of emergency procedures and protocols. He obtained his master of public policy from George Mason University and completed his undergraduate studies at Albright College.