Karim Hardy

Title
Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Department
Department of Security and Emergency Services
College
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Occupational Safety and Health

Emergency Management

Resilience Engineering

System Dynamics

Karim Hardy


Dr. Hardy has developed expertise in occupational safety, health, and emergency management throughout his career.

Dr. Hardy completed his Ph.D. in Sciences and Engineering of at-Risk Activities from the “Grandes Ecoles” Mines ParisTech. In addition, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Safety Engineering, a first Master of Arts in Legal Studies with a concentration in Euro-Mediterranean Security and Defense, and a second Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in European Studies and International Regulations.

He was a Ph.D. visiting student within the Complex Systems Research Lab, Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT. While at MIT, he worked with Professor Nancy Leveson on risk and crisis management and system dynamics within complex socio-technical systems.

After his doctorate, he spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Business Administration at the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, Haas Business School, at UC Berkeley. He worked with Professor Karlene Roberts on High-Reliability Organizations (HROs).

For years, Dr. Hardy worked as a health and safety engineer for an international company in charge of occupational safety, health, and hazard management within several industrial projects.

Dr. Hardy is an Associated Safety Professional (ASP, USA), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP, USA), a Certified Safety and Health Management (CSHM, USA), a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH, UK), a full member of the international institute of risk and safety management, and a Fellow at the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (UK). He is also an Incident Command System Instructor (Train-the-Trainer) from ICS Canada.

Since 2016, Dr. Hardy has been an ABET Program Evaluator (ANSAC - ASSP) with several university accreditation visits.

 Dr. Hardy’s research focuses on models of accidents, system dynamics, system safety, occupational safety and health, theory of complexity, organizational behavior, emergency management, and system resilience within complex socio-technical systems.

Before becoming a faculty at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dr. Hardy spent several years as a volunteer firefighter in southern France.



  • D. - Doctoral in Sciences and Engineering of Risk Activities, Ecole des Mines de Paris
  • M. - Master in Law and Political Science, Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis
  • M. - Master in Euro-Mediterranean Legal Areas: Security and Defense in the Area of Law, University of Toulon

  • Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Certified Safety and Health Manager - Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM)
  • Certified Safety Professional - Board of Certified Safety Professionals

  • EMGY 405: Disaster Policy & Management
  • EMGY 430: Emergency Mgmt & Conting Plan
  • HLSD 110: Intro to Homeland Security
  • HLSD 215: Intro to Industrial Security


Associate Safety Professional (ASP, USA)

Certified Safety Professional (CSP, USA)

Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM, USA)

Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH, UK)

Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (MIIRSM, UK)

European Occupational Safety and Health Manager (EurOSHM, European Union)

Fellow at the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (FICPEM, UK).