Laura Hart is the UAS Program Coordinator and a Researcher in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program.
Within the field of emergency management, Laura is especially interested in the policies surrounding the implementation and utilization of unmanned aircraft systems, specifically within the theoretical lenses of policy innovation and diffusion. Laura is interested in public policy from a number of contexts, including emergency management, social justice, rural populations, linguistics, and history. In regards to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Laura conducts in-team research, handles international permitting requests, deploys as an unmanned pilot and team member of the UAS team, and follows both state and federal legislative affairs. She has participated in a number of disaster deployments and emergency activations, including, but not limited to, Hurricanes Matthew, Hermine, Harvey, Irma, Michael, Dorian, the familiarly-named Laura, Sally, and the Kilauea volcanic eruption that occurred in 2018. She has served as both a facilitator and an instructor for several UAS training courses geared towards public safety professionals, and holds both a Part 107 Certificate as well as an sUAS Level 1 thermography certification.
She recently completed the coursework for her doctoral degree in Spring 2020, and hopes to graduate with her doctoral degree by the end of 2021. She is married and lives in Tallahassee, FL. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs, and an M.P.A., both from Florida State University..