Julie Zobel , PhD

Assistant Vice President, Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management, George Mason University , Fairfax, Virginia

Dr. Zobel began her career as an environmental engineer and has worked for 16 years in the areas of health and safety, environmental affairs, risk management and compliance. Prior to her current role she served as George Mason University’s Director of Laboratory Safety and Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety. She currently oversees emergency management, environmental compliance, fire safety, laboratory safety, occupational health, occupational safety, traditional risk management, as well as enterprise risk management. Highlights of Zobel’s career include drawing on her extensive organizational and operational experience to successfully establish the Environment Health & Safety Office (EHS). While operating in a resource-constrained environment, Dr. Zobel pulled together distributed functions to assemble a cohesive, service-oriented EHS unit. Most recently, she established the Office of Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management and has led the university’s efforts to develop a formal Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. This highly collaborative program is designed to gather data on enterprise-level risks, prioritize risks, and, through collaboration with risk owners and decision-makers, develop and implement risk mitigation strategies. Zobel Chairs the ERM Council, Emergency Management Executive Committee, and University Travel Advisory Committee.

Dr. Zobel’s research and scholarship activities include co-authoring two chapters in “Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers” published in 2015; serving as co-investigator for a competitive grant entitled “Implementing Exercise Programs for Facilities Working with High Consequence Pathogens” awarded in 2016; and she is an instructor for the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training consortium, teaching courses in mitigating the spread of infectious diseases during an infectious disease outbreak or pandemic. Zobel earned her doctorate from George Mason University in Biodefense and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the master’s level, Registered Biosafety Professional, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors society.