David Merrick is the Director of CDRP and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program at Florida State University.
Mr. Merrick developed and oversees CDRP's Disaster Incident Research Team, which deploys to disaster impact areas to perform field research on disaster and emergency management. This team consists of EMHS/CDRP staff as well as FSU students who have valid research agendas or projects, and is partnering with other FSU departments to perform multidisciplinary research and data collection.
Mr. Merrick developed the programs unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) courses and curriculum. He is part of the team that developed the CDRP UAS capability for use in disaster management, and has led teams performing this work in Florida as well as Haiti, Belize, and Jamaica. He is a certificated UAS operator with an emphasis on professional aviation operations in a variety of environments.
As part of the applied research team at CDRP, Mr. Merrick has extensive experience in emergency management training and exercises for all levels of government, facilitated plan review and development, and has provided technical assistance on a variety of government and private sector EM projects.
Outside of emergency management, he has over 15 years of application and database development experience on a variety of platforms. He is well versed in agile development practices and has overseen the creation and integration of successful software solutions for a range of clients and markets.
Mr. Merrick has a bachelor's degree from Florida State Univeristy and a Master's in Humanitarian Relief and Disaster Logistics from the Florida Institute of Technology.