University at Albany


March 4th at the University at Albany

Site Leader

Kelly Hammond

Site Logistics

Friday evening reception address:

Friday reception will be at Wellington's, located at: 

144 State St, Albany, NY 12207

5-7 PM

Saturday competition address:

Students and judges should meet in the Husted Cafe, which is on the first floor of Husted Hall on the University at Albany Downtown campus. Parking will be available in the Thurlow Lot.  Please see 

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  • Corie Alicea - Villanova University
  • Evan Butts - Villanova University
  • Melanie Menkevich - Villanova University
  • Jessica Whitley - Syracuse University
  • Kaitlin Wilcoxen - Syracuse University
  • Arthur Wong - Syracuse University


A very big thank you to all of our volunteer judges. Without them, the simulation competition would not be possible.

  • David

    David F. Andersen

    (he/him) Professor Emeritus; Rockefeller College of Public Affairs

    David F. Andersen is a retired professor of public administration and information science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany--SUNY. He holds an AB in Mathematics and Social Sciences from Dartmouth College and his PhD in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • BenKeller

    Ben Keller

    (he/him) Chief, Fire and Life Safety Branch; New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

    Ben Keller has worked for the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control since 2002, focusing on fire prevention and life safety education, code enforcement, and disaster response. He has worked up thru the ranks of Fire Protection Specialist, Deputy Chief, and Chief. He holds an AAS in Fire Science from Onondaga Community College, BS in Fire Service Administration from University of New Haven, and a MPA from Marist College. He is an active volunteer firefighter/EMT and has served all ranks including Chief of Department in Upstate New York.

  • AdamPickett

    Captain Adam Pickett

    (he/him) NYS DEC Region 4 Forest Ranger Captain; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

    Captain Pickett has 22 years of experience as an NYS Forest Ranger.  Rangers, as police officers, wildland firefighters and wilderness first responders, are prepared to protect the state's forests and the people who use these great natural resources from all kinds of dangers.  Captain Pickett is nationally qualified as a Type 2 planning section chief for wildfire.  He is also an Incident Commander on the NYS Incident Management Team.

  • EliotRich

    Eliot Rich, PhD, MPP

    (he/him) Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics; University at Albany, School of Business

    My professional and academic work revolves around two different concepts of "systems." My first profession was as a business systems analyst, designing and developing information technology solutions for complex problems. During my reincarnation as an academic, I have studied organizational and individual behavior through the lens of system dynamics, a perspective that uses causal structures, feedback, and information delays to understand outcomes. Much of my current work applies the latter to the former: What can we learn about IT-enabled change and its effects through the application of systems thinking? During the last few years, this path has included stops in Knowledge Management, Information Security and Decision Analysis.

  • AprilRoggio

    April M Roggio, PhD

    (she/her) Researcher; Center for Policy Research, University at Albany

    April M Roggio coordinates a multi-institution research team focused on food system localization. Her recent work addresses issues of municipal interest in foodshed localization; participatory guarantee systems; collaborative governance; agricultural taxation policy; and cannabis legalization in New York State. She earned a MA in Public Policy and a PhD in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany, exploring the intersection of judgment and decision sciences using system dynamics modeling. She is a mother, activist, and scholar, pursuing strategies to attain a more food-secure, regenerative, and prosperous world.

  • JeannetteSutton

    Jeannette Sutton, PhD

    (she/her) Associate Professor; University at Albany

    Jeannette Sutton, Ph.D., specializes in disaster and risk with a primary focus on online informal communication, and public alerts and warnings disseminated via short messaging channels. Much of her research investigates the evolving role of information and communication technology, including social media and mobile devices, for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.  Her current work centers on message design and testing across a range of hazard contexts including atmospheric, meteorological, geological, technological, biological, and human-induced threats for communication via Wireless Emergency Alerts and other alerting channels.  She is employed at the University at Albany, SUNY, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  She is also the director of the Emergency and Risk Communication Message Testing Lab.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Guidelines

The health and safety of all participants are a top priority. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks are not required for competition attendance, however, they are highly recommended. 

To protect not only the NASPAA community but the ones in which we live, let's work together to minimize the spread. Throughout the competition, please follow these safety tips:

  • Before leaving home:
    • Take a COVID test.
    • Consider getting vaccinated and boosted.
    • If you are not feeling well and are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, consider staying home.
    • Pack clean masks to wear indoors and during travel to the competition site.
  • While traveling:
    • Wear a mask in airports and while on public transportation.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
  • During the competition:
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • Wear well-fitted face masks
    • When possible during after-hour events, sit outside and/or practice social distancing.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (runny nose, body aches, loss of smell/taste, cough, chills, fever, etc) during your time at the competition, please isolate yourself and notify your site leaders.