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Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee Members

DHS Press Release Announcing New HSSTAC Members, PDF (2 pages - 245 kb)

HSSTAC Members 2012

Dr. Steven Bellovin
Steven Bellovin is an expert in cybersecurity, a researcher on computer networking and security and a professor of computer science at Columbia University. He is currently on leave from Columbia and is serving as Chief Techologist of the Federal Trade Commission. As a former member of HSSTAC and vice chair of its cybersecurity subcommittee, he co-authored a report advising S&T on how to clarify its cybersecurity role within DHS.

Dr. Kathleen Carley
Kathleen Carley is a professor of Computation, Organization and Society in the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research combines cognitive science, sociology and computer science to address complex social and organizational problems. She established Dynamic Network Analysis and has developed tools for analyzing large-scale dynamic networks and various multi-agent simulation systems. Her group has developed tools for text-mining semantic networks, simulating epidemiological models and simulating covert networks. 

Dr. John Carrano
John Carrano is president of Carrano Consulting and the former vice president for research and development for the Luminex Corporation. A former program manager at DARPA, he is familiar with chemical threats and chemical sensing in both national defense and national security contexts. For the past 10 years, he has focused on clinical diagnostics for infectious diseases and biological agent detection, including the research, development and manufacturing of medical in vitro diagnostics products with FDA clearance.

Dr. Julie Casani
Julie Casani directs the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response in the North Carolina Division of Public Health. As preparedness director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (1999-2006), she led the response to the anthrax events of 2001 and implemented health surveillance systems for bioterroism. As a former member of HSSTAC, she co-authored a report advising S&T on how best to prepare for bioterrorism threats. 

Dr. Phil DePoy
Phil DePoy was the founding director of the Institute of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School and former president of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and of the Center for Naval Analyses. As a former member and then chairman of HSSTAC, he participated in projects related to biological defense, improvised explosive devices and cyber defense.

Mr. Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur and advocate for science and technology. He is the CEO of DEKA Research and Development Corporation. He founded an organization called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) dedicated to motivating young people to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dr. Alexander Levis
Alex Levis is a university professor of electrical, computer and systems engineering and head of the System Architectures Laboratory at George Mason University and the former chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. The focus of his research has been on organization architecture design and evaluation, adaptive architectures for command and control, adversary modeling for behavioral analysis and methodologies for architecture comparison and evaluation. As a former member of HSSTAC, he helped advise S&T on how to clarify its cybersecurity role within DHS.

Mr. Mark Lister
Mark Lister is the president of StratTechs, Inc. a consulting firm specializing in brokering technology within the defense, intelligence and homeland security government markets. He served on the Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel and as chairman of the Naval Research Advisory Committee. He founded and directed the Rosettex Technology and Ventures Group, a joint venture of Sarnoff Corporation and SRI International. He was appointed vice-chair of HSSTAC in November 2012.

Chief John (Jack) Parow
Jack Parow is the president and chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and a former fire chief and firefighter. Formerly he served as president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts. He has been certified as a fire inspector, a hazardous materials technician, a fire training instructor and a domestic preparedness instructor for homeland security. He is a professor and teaches college courses in fire science and emergency management.

Dr. Yossi Sheffi
Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II professor of engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and former head of the Engineering Systems Division. He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management. His book “The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage” demonstrates how companies should design their operations and supply chains to be able to withstand major disruptions. He is also an entrepreneur who co-founded five successful companies.

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