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Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Director, Emergency Management Program
Date of Appointment: 2012

Phone: (402) 554.3683
Fax: (402) 554.3781
Office: CB 112

Primary Expertise

Risk Mitigation
Disaster prevention planning, response and recovery
Critical infrastructure safety and security policy and operations
Transportation modes and systems
Principles of high performance organizations, reliability, sustainability and resiliency
Project management


B.A., Washington State University, 1972
M.A., Naval War College, Newport RI, 1995
PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2008

Courses taught

Introduction to Emergency Management
Political and Legal Foundations in Emergency Services
Preparedness Planning and Risk Mitigation
Transportation as Critical Infrastructure (Safety and Security)
Global Emergency Management
Capstone and Critical Analysis

Professional Research

Research focused on highly reliable organizations and systems, including critical transportation infrastructure and power production. Examples of published research;

O’Neil, P.D. (2013 Fall or 2014 Spring est) Emergency evacuation orders: Considerations and lessons from hurricane Sandy. Journal of Emergency Management
O’Neil P.D. & Kriz, K.A. (2013) Do high reliability systems have lower error rates? Evidence from commercial aircraft accidents Public Administration Review 73, 4 601-612
O’Neil, P.D. & Krane, D. (2012) Policy and organizational change in the Federal Aviation Administration: The ontogenesis of a high reliability organization. Public Administration Review 72, 1 98-111
Ebdon, C., O’Neil, P.D. & Chen, G. (2012) The regional effects of the 2011 Missouri River floods: Disaster management in Omaha, Nebraska. Municipal Finance Journal, 33, 2 35-59.
O’Neil, P.D. (2011). High reliability systems and the provision of a critical transportation service. Journal of Crisis and Contingency Management, 19, 3 158-168

Professional Activities

Mr. O’Neil is currently a member of the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Transportation Research Forum, and the University of Aviation Association. He is a retired Naval Officer and Aviator and belongs to the Military Officer’s Association.

Professional Honors & Awards

College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service-2013
University of Nebraska at Omaha Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Nebraska Alumni Association 2013
Distinguished Alumnus Award, In recognition of service and career accomplishments, University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute 2013
Pi Alpha Alpha honorary society. Inducted 2007, University of Nebraska at Omaha Chapter.
Presidential Management Fellow Finalist (PMF) 2005
NASA Research Fellow, NASA Langley and Kennedy Space Center 2001-2003

Hobbies & Interests

Mr. O’Neil studies and instructs martial arts. He enjoys traveling, research and football. He lives in Omaha with his family.