Michael Dunaway

Assoc Director for Innovation, Smart Connected Systems Division


Michael Dunaway is Associate Director for Innovation in the Smart & Connected Systems program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with principal responsibility as program lead for the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), a federal Smart City program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. Dunaway previously served as Executive Director of the Digital Future Resilience initiative at the University of Cincinnati, as Director of the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Director of the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center. Earlier assignments included Senior Director for Preparedness and Resilience Programs at the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross; Chief for Risk Management and Program Manager for Community Resilience at the Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and as a project manager in the Cognitive, Neural, and Social Science Division of the Office of Naval Research.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, retiring from active duty at the rank of Captain. He holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Ph.D. (Systems Engineering) from George Washington University.