Alumni Conversations with Ryan Cobey: Researching on the Federal Level

Critical infrastructure has been traditionally viewed as one-dimensional, but as the concept of resiliency continues to grow in importance on a local, regional and national level, there is a growing need for infrastructure to be examined in a more interdisciplinary nature. One example of this is the implementation of critical infrastructure analysis into the study of Urban Planning.

In theory, critical infrastructure and urban planning go hand-in-hand; the availability and quality of water in a given area might affect zoning decisions, and local environmental policies may come into conflict with how a power plant generates its electricity that directly supplies a municipality. This presentation provides examples of how different types of critical infrastructure affect urban planning and development, and how different projects at Idaho National Laboratory are analyzing these issues. Attendees will hopefully gain both a better understanding of the interdependencies that exist between urban planners and critical infrastructure operators, and greater insight into the organizations that deal with these issues on a federal level.

Ryan Cobey is a Critical Infrastructure Analyst for Idaho National Laboratory (INL), one of seventeen U.S. Department of Energy laboratories located throughout the country.  Ryan works under INL’s National and Homeland Security Division as a geospatial analyst characterizing and analyzing critical infrastructure dependencies and interdependencies primarily on a regional level.

It's an exciting time to become an urban planner and the Master's degree in Sustainable Urban Planning program at GW is the ideal place to start. This information session will review how you can become a leader in this dynamic and rapidly growing field with a Master's degree or graduate certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning.