October 28-30, 2019 | The Westgate | Las Vegas

Michael Ralston

Michael Ralston

Crisis Technology & Innovation Director - Menlo Park Fire District


Supporting Menlo Fire’s emerging operational focus on Public-Private Partnerships, and Technology & Innovation, Michael integrates decades of technology and advanced analytics research and development, Public Safety emergency management and disaster response, and crisis communications leadership during disaster events. His unique focus is on disruptive innovation opportunities at the intersection of emerging technology and emergency response. As a ten-year veteran firefighter, and twenty-year veteran technology leader, Michael has evolved to specialize in technology-focused crisis management tools, emergency operations innovation and exercise development in the global Emergency Management domain.
After completing undergraduate work in Aerospace Engineering (Wisconsin), and graduate work in mechanical engineering (Stanford) and business (Berkeley), Michael developed strong big data, IoT and SMART solutions technology perspectives from many years as a research scientist (NASA), technology evangelist (SAS, Cisco, HP), and business founder (terraneos.org). His true passion however, is in the critical problem solving and grounded humanitarian teamwork of firefighting and disaster response. Now focusing on the intersection of those two worlds, Michael is a PhD candidate in the field of Crisis Technology and Emergency Management, researching applications for Disruptive Emergency Response Technology in Developing or Vulnerable Communities.
Michael was raised in Wisconsin, relocated to Silicon Valley for graduate school, and soon realized that this was indeed home. Currently living in Mountain View, Michael is the proud father to three teen-aged girls and splits time between ice hockey, soccer and humanitarian adventure travel as diversions.

All presentations by Michael Ralston

Public Safety – Fire & SAR

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pavilion 9

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Energy & Utilities

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