Dana Marie Thomas

Dana-Marie Thomas


Research Activity per Year


Personal Profile

Dana-Marie Thomas develops tools and research to enhance stakeholder participation and equity in the clean energy transition and address community vulnerabilities in an evolving threat landscape. She conducts energy security and resilience assessments that help partners improve energy system reliability and performance at their facilities, considering supply chain disruptions, natural hazards, security risks, and other factors. Thomas also studies cybersecurity best practices to inform policy, implementation, resilience, and good governance for securing critical infrastructure. 

Research Interests

Energy resilience

Energy access and equity

Clean energy technologies

Technical assistance for community decision-making

Stakeholder and community engagement

Nexus of energy, water, and food systems

Artificial intelligence applications for renewable energy systems and natural disaster resilience

Cybersecurity in manufacturing

Human dimensions of cyber resilience


Professional Experience

Thomas's myriad of professional expertise includes a policy background in cyber and energy security, including cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, regulatory compliance, behavioral science, and public health. She is interested in community resilience and social vulnerability, the intersection of energy, resilience, the built environment, and health, as well as metrics and return on investment for all of these topics.

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Marketing, Morgan State University

Master, Cybersecurity Management and Policy, University of Maryland

PhD, Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University


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