Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security
Instructor and Course Coordinator on Gaming, Military Operations Research Society
Principal, MonksHood Media LLC
Dr. Ed McGrady writes, speaks, and teaches on the design of professional games. He is an adjunct senior fellow in the Gaming Lab at CNAS, teaches and manages game design courses for MORS/Virginia Tech, and runs a business devoted to using games and game techniques to bring innovative experiences in new areas. In the past, Dr. McGrady built and directed a team of 10-20 analysts at CNA devoted to the design and execution of professional games devoted to chemical and biological response operations, including domestic response operations. His team constructed exercises, games, and analyses on a broad range of homeland security, counterterrorism, and chemical, biological, and radiological defense operations. As part of that effort, he deployed analysts in support of the analyses of real-world events. Dr . McGrady also deployed as an analyst with US Forces in Haiti during operation Uphold Democracy, onboard USS Nimitz for Desert Storm and with operational E-2C squadrons.
Dr. McGrady holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has published extensively in the Chemical Engineering, physics, and national security literature and is the author of Roll to Save: Gaming Disease Response (2021).