Ray Chang

Title
Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences; Program Chair, M.S. in Emergency Services
Email
Department
Department of Security and Emergency Services
College
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Incident Command System
  • Disaster Response
  • Fire Service Administration
Ray Chang


Dr. Chang spent six years in the New Taipei City Fire Department in Taiwan as a Fire Battalion Captain. He was in charge of developing emergency operation plans for a 13-km tunnel and organizing an urban search and rescue team. He also contributed to the 2005 Taiwan National Firefighter’s Handbook. Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. from University of Delaware in Disaster Science and Management and his master’s degree from Arizona State University in Fire Service Administration. His research interests are in disaster response and fire service administration-related topics. His goal is to develop the theoretical foundation and integrate his working experience in both Taiwanese and American fire departments for the Incident Command System (ICS) in order to strengthen its practical applications.  By combining his educational training with his practical background, Dr. Chang hopes to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners, and believes his Asian heritage and cross-cultural training will benefit disaster management systems in the United States and around the world.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Disaster Science and Management, University of Delaware
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Technology: Fire Science Administration, Arizona State University

  • OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
    • Assistant Professor, Fire and Emergency Management Administration Program (August 2015-July 2019)
  • NEW TAIPEI CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT, TAIWAN
    • Battalion Captain (2008-2010)
    • Fire Officer (2004-2005 and 2007-2008)
    •  Lieutenant (2002-2004)
  • PHOENIX FIRE DEPARTMENT, USA
    • Internship (2006-2007)



  • ASSOCIATE EDITOR, Journal of Emergency Management Science and Technology, 2021-Present
  • SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT, A Tabletop Exercise on elevating to the 4th level citywide lock down in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taipei City Government, Taiwan, May 2021.
  • INTERNATIONAL SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT, Committee of Fire Command and Safety, National Fire Agency, Taiwan, 2018-2020
  • PRINCIPAL MEMBER, Technical Committee of the NFPA 1600 (Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs) Code Development, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, MA, U.S.A, 2018-Present

Grants

  • Internal Grants (Total: $6,000)
    • DEAN’S INCENTIVE GRANT; College of Arts and Science, Oklahoma State University, 2016 and 2017 ($3,000 each year; total $6,000)
  • External Grants and Contracts (Total: $46,729)
    • Update the National Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Guidebook on Critical Infrastructure (CI). Executive Yuan (the Premier’s Office) in Taiwan ($7,000). Individual Award.
    • Chang, R (PI). (2021). Completing an analysis report on how to organize multi-departmental disaster drills. AU Optronics Corporation ($15,229 plus full coverage of business class flight tickets to and from Taiwan, accommodations, transportation, and meals in Taiwan; ERAU Cost Center Number: 13820).
    • Develop and teach “Online Training Courses on Designing and Implementing Disaster Exercises.” Taiwan Society of Disaster Medicine, Taiwan, 2021 ($8000)
    • Develop and teach “A One-Week Virtual Workshop on Designing and Organizing a Multi-organizational Disaster Tabletop Exercise.” National Department of Environmental Protection and New Taipei City Fire Department, Taiwan, 2020 ($4000)
    •  Design and organize “Multi-organizational Disaster Tabletop Exercise in Taipei City.” Taipei City Fire Department, Taiwan, 2020 ($3000 and full coverage of flight tickets, accommodations, and meals in Taipei City, ERAU Award ID: 000748-00001A)
    • Write a report on “FEMA Regional Engagement Trend Analysis.” Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), USA, 2019 ($3500)
    • Develop and Teach “Disaster Management and Incident Command-Basic & Advance Courses.” Taipei City Fire Department, Taiwan, 2018 and 2019 ($3,000 each year; total $6,000)

Fellowships

  • MARY FRAN MYERS SCHOLARSHIP (full coverage to attend the annual conference)
    • Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulders, 2012
  • EIIP SCHOLARSHIP ($5,000)
    • International Association of Emergency Managers, 2011
  • SCHOLARSHIP OF GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP FOR OVERSEAS STUDY ($32,000)
    • Ministry of Education, Republic of China (R.O.C), 2010

Awards & Certificate

  • DEAN’S APPRECIATION AWARD-FIRST YEAR FACULTY MEMBER
    • College of Arts and Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Daytona Beach, FL, 2019-2020
  • OUTSTANDING RESEARCH AWARD
    • Department of Political Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 2017-2018
  • GOLD RECOGNITION – POSTER SHOWCASE
    • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) 65th Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2017
  • DR. TOM PHELAN AWARD - OUTSTANDING POSTER
    • FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, 2017
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE – POSTER AWARD WINNER
    • FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, 2017
  • ASSOCIATE EMERGENCY MANAGER
    • International Association of Emergency Managers, 2013-2018