Paul Hewett

Emergency Systems Analyst
- Decision and Information Sciences

Paul Hewett is the Deputy Director of the Center for Integrated Emergency Preparedness at Argonne National Laboratory. He is responsible for developing programs, conducting research, and developing and implementing innovative approaches to resolving a wide spectrum of emergency preparedness issues. His research interests include planning modernization, exercise evaluation methodologies and vulnerable population assistance.

At Argonne, Hewett is the Principal Investigator/Program Manager for Argonne’s support to DHS FEMA’s (Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency) National Preparedness Directorate (NPD). He leads research teams that:

  • Support development of emergency planning guidance and systems,
  • Provide logistics planning, operational planning, and risk communications technical assistance to state and local governments; and
  • Develop and deploy emergency management models, simulations, and decision-making tools in support of FEMA’s preparedness and technical assistance programs.

Additionally, he provides analytical and technical support in emergency planning and evaluating emergency response to a chemical weapons accident to the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Office, U. S. Army Chemical Materials Activity. He was the principal investigator for public health preparedness projects conducted for the Chicago Department of Public Health and the University of Chicago Hospital System. He has led more than 20 emergency planning technical assistance projects provided to state and local governments, addressing a wide range of natural and technical hazards.  

Hewett has more than 30 years’ experience in operations planning, designing and conducting training, and designing and conducting performance-based readiness assessments. His early involvement in the field of emergency management came from managing nuclear weapons surety programs for U.S. Army commands in Germany and the United States. Immediately before joining Argonne, he was the program manager for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Hewett is the author or co-author of numerous journal articles and reports on emergency planning, evaluations systems, and lessons-learned processes. He has been at Argonne since 1994.

Awards, Honors & Memberships

  • Nominee, Richard H. Barchi Prize, Military Operational Research Society, 2010
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator’s Award of Excellence, 2008
  • Pacesetter Award, Argonne National Laboratory, 2008, 1999, 1995
  • Nominee, Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, 2005
  • Nominee, Research and Development 100 Awards, 2004
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Member, International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Member, International Research Committee on Disasters
  • Member, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Emergency Management Program, Frederick Community College, 2012 – present
  • Member, Department of Health and Human Services, National Biodefense Science Board, Situational Awareness Strategy Implementation Plan Working Group, 2012 –present
  • Member, Curriculum Advisory Council, Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program, University of Illinois – Chicago, 2006 – 2009
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 2004 - present
  • Member, Global Knowledge Economics Council (GKEC) ANSI Standards Development committees, 2001 to 2003, including the ISO US Technical Advisory Group for Homeland Defense and Emergency Management Committee and the International Standards for Knowledge Management in Homeland Defense and Emergency Management Committee

Publications & Patents

  • Hewett, P. L., Jr. (2013) Organizational networks and emergence during disaster preparedness: The case of an emergency assistance registry. (Doctoral dissertation). Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • Hewett, P. L., Jr. and C. Metz, “Enhancing Operational Readiness by Leveraging Models, Simulation, and Decision-Making Tools: Perspectives from the Field,” In O’Hara, S., McLean, C. R., and Lee, Y. T., Modeling and Simulation for Emergency Management and Health Care Systems: Workshop Summary, NISTIR 7684, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, September 2010.
  • Phillips, B. and P. L. Hewett, Jr. Home alone: Disasters, mass emergencies and children in self-care. Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 3, No. 2, March/April 2005.
  • Metz, W. C., P. L. Hewett, Jr., J. Muzzarelli, and E. Tanzman. Identifying Special-Needs Households That Need Assistance for Emergency Planning. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 20:2, pp. 255-281, August 2002.              
  • Hewett, P. L., Jr., J. E. Mitrani, W. C. Metz, and J .J. Vercellone. Coordinating, Integrating, and Synchronizing Disaster Response: Use of a Synchronization Matrix in Emergency Planning, Exercises, and Operations. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 19:3, pp. 329-348, November 2001.
  • Hewett, P. L., Jr., J. E. Mitrani, and W. C. Metz. The Emergency Response Synchronization Matrix — A Method of Coordinating, Integrating, and Synchronizing Disaster Response. Proceedings of the Applied Telecommunication Symposium (ATS 2001)/2001 Advanced Simulation Technologies Conference: 183-188, April 2001.