MELBOURNE, FLA.—Clifford Bragdon, vice president, Office of Strategic Initiatives and dean of Continuing Education at Florida Institute of Technology, was one of about 15 presenters invited to make presentations at the 2010 Research Facilities Forum, held in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 19-21. He was among speakers from such research universities as Stanford and Purdue and such research facilities as the Centers for Disease Control and the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer.
Bragdon spoke on the importance of strategically building research facilities to be resilient. “We are developing higher standards for a global and comprehensive research park,” said Bragdon. “This incorporates the four principles of safety, security, sustainability and health. This goes well beyond the concept of green.”
The Research Facilities Forum is a private, invitation-only event designed exclusively for senior-level professionals from research institutions and companies across the nation. The forum is specifically geared towards those who are responsible for determining the facility needs within their respective organizations. The forum’s conference program reflects the critical issues that research facility administrators face today.
A patent-holder for the Intermodal Transportation Simulation System (ITSS), Bragdon has also published the book, Transportation Security. The book addresses key homeland security concerns and reflects Bragdon’s philosophy of integrated transportation planning related to sustainability and preparedness.
Bragdon is also the executive director of the Global Center for Preparedness and Resilience. The center holds an annual Conference on Global Preparedness. The next one will be held March 16-17, 2011. Visit www.fit.edu/gcp/ for more information.