Dr. Fred May has degrees in Geology from Weber State University, The Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He worked in emergency management for more than 25 years, having retired from the Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management in 2002, where he lead the Utah Interagency Technical Team for hazards and disasters. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Emergency Management at Western Illinois University. He also taught emergency management at Jacksonville State University and was the Director and Associate Professor at the Brandon University, Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies Program.
While in state government, for fourteen years he was an adjunct Associate Professor of Geography (16 years) while serving as the Director of the University of Utah, Center for Natural and Technological Hazards which included a cooperative program between state government, the University and FEMA. He has taught numerous courses in emergency management. Also while in state government, he served as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Interagency Technical Team Coordinator, State Floodplain Manager, Earthquake Preparedness Program Manager, chair of the Western State Seismic Policy Council, and on the development group for the National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS). He also served as the webmaster for the National Network of State Hazard Mitigation Officers.
His recent research is on teaching methodologies and Gulf Coast hurricanes. He also taught geology at Idaho State University and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, Exxon Production Research Company, and Sohio Petroleum Company. He is currently a member of the American Public Works Association, International City/County Management Association, and the Illinois Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association where he serves on the Hazard Mitigation Committee.