Michael Samsa is the Decision Support and Risk Management Group Leader in Argonne’s Decision and Information Sciences Division. He is responsible for the development and application of decision support systems and risk management techniques for a variety of public and private critical infrastructure clients. His interests include risk analysis and human judgment and decision making under uncertainty, such as in high consequence and low event base rate security environments.
Samsa is also a member of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Systems Analysis Working Group (SAWG), which was formed under a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy at the direction of the President in response to the 2009 Christmas Day bombing attempt of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The work of the SAWG is part of a broad effort by TSA to improve current processes, procedures, technologies and resource utilization to reduce risks in a dynamic risk environment.
He led the development of EpiPOD, a community vaccination and dispensing software model that aids public health officials in planning and optimizing mass treatment operations. He has performed several mass vaccination clinic time-in-motion studies and counseled local and state public health officials on the optimum design of mass treatment processes.
Outside of public health, Samsa has also developed decision support tools for a broad range of critical infrastructures. He led Argonne’s efforts in the development of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Decision Support System (CIPDSS) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This project created a risk-informed decision support system based on interdependent models of all critical U.S. infrastructures.
Prior to joining Argonne in 2002, Samsa was a member of the leadership team at Allegheny Energy Solutions, an unregulated energy services and commodity marketing subsidiary of Allegheny Energy. He also held various management and leadership positions in his 20 years with the Gas Research Institute (GRI) in Chicago. In these positions, he was responsible for overall corporate effectiveness in market, business, and financial evaluation for new product commercialization.