Rick C. Mathews

Studies homeland security, infrastructure protection, intelligence, counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and emergency preparedness

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Rick C. Mathews

Director of Simulations and Training
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Department: Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Homeland security; infrastructure protection; intelligence; counter-terrorism and terrorism interdiction; information sharing; weapons of mass destruction; critical decision making; facility and systems security; emergency preparedness

Campus phone: (518) 956-8180
Campus email: rmathews@albany.edu


Rick Mathews serves as the Director of Simulations and Training for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the University at Albany, State University of New York. In this role he is responsible for developing a robust simulation and training program within and in support of the emerging college. Prior to this appointment he served as the Director of the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) at SUNY, located within the CEHC. In addition to directly supporting the mission of the CEHC, he is tasked with expanding the programs and business of the NCSP, a center he helped found in 2007.

Rick’s experience spans over 40 years where he has developed expertise and prominence in the areas of emergency preparedness, counter-terrorism and terrorism interdiction, disaster response, EMS, risk management, safety, and homeland security. His work in behavior-based and scenario-based training enjoys a national reputation. During his career he has served in academic, administrative, curriculum development, healthcare administration and risk management, EMS, and other leadership positions. Often his role was entrepreneurial or as a change-agent and is particularly adept at turning capability into capacity.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International Association of Emergency Managers, Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Board of Directors), and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, among others. He earned his master’s degree from Indiana State University and currently serves as Affiliated Faculty in the CEHC as well as a Public Service Professor in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.

Mathews received his initial EMT certification in 1975, and completed paramedic training in 1984. He participated in rescue efforts immediately following the April 19, 1995, explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and served as a technical consultant to the Louisiana Department of Health's Emergency Preparedness Planner during the response and recovery phases of Hurricane Katrina. In this capacity, he dealt particularly with issues surrounding the establishment and operation of the PMAC field hospital.