Frances Edwards is a professor of political science and director of the Master of Public Administration program. She is deputy director of Mineta Transportation Institute’s National Transportation Safety and Security Center. She holds a doctoral degree in public administration from New York University. She is a certified emergency manager with over 20 years of experience in California. Her research focuses on issues related to seismic safety, emergency management, homeland security, continuity of operations for government and businesses, and global supply chain security.
Kimberly Blisniuk is an assistant professor of neotectonics (the study of motions and deformations of Earth’s crust) in the Department of Geology within the College of Science. She holds a doctoral degree in earthquake geology/geochronology (the science of determining the age of rocks, fossils, and sediments using signatures inherent in the rocks themselves) from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on studying the San Andreas fault, and measuring its age and movement.