In today’s global environment, international travel has become a more frequent and far-reaching part of higher education, from faculty attending professional gatherings or conducting field research to students participating in study abroad programs, internships, or service-learning overseas.
While relatively safe, traveling outside the United States still comes with a variety of concerns and considerations.
To help ensure safe and trouble-free travels for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the Office of Risk Management in the Business Services Office recently created the position of international safety and security director (ISSD) to focus on these issues.
Ronald G. Machoian, who started October 1 as UW–Madison’s first ISSD, comes here from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he served in a variety of capacities, most recently as director of institutional culture, climate and diversity. He also has served as the academy’s director of international programs, an assistant dean of students, and assistant professor of military and strategic studies.