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Virtual First Responder Capitol Hill Showcase Agenda

Hill Day Event

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) works to develop and integrate cutting-edge technologies to improve safety and security. Through trusted relationships with nationwide first responders, S&T is delivering technology solutions that improve emergency response and agile decision making. At DHS, we want Congress to fully realize how investments in research, development, and innovation are reducing risks and keeping the brave men and women who put their lives on the line each day safe.


a photo of congresswoman Yvette Clarke with American flag behind her

Keynote Remarks: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee, will kick off the discussion on how investments in science and smart technologies are enabling nationwide first responders to meet ever-changing demands and save lives.

Welcome Remarks: Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology, will provide a brief overview of how S&T is mobilizing science and innovation to equip first responders with the tools needed to protect our way of life and secure our future.

First Responder Perspectives: Know how S&T serves as a trusted resource for understanding problem sets and delivering solutions to address current and emerging threats.

Panel participants include: 

  • Dr. Carol Cunningham, State Medical Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS
  • Daniel Dooley, Police Department, Inspector, New York, New York
  • Steve Vandewalle, Firefighter Helicopter Rescue Medic, San Diego, California
  • Paul McDonagh, Portfolio Manager, First Responder Disaster Resilience, DHS S&T

Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS): Find out how S&T serves as a governmental leader in assessing C-UAS technologies both in laboratory and real-world operational environments, resulting in the delivery of critical capabilities to DHS Components.

Speaker: Shawn McDonald, S&T Program Manager for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Opioids Detection: Get an inside look at how S&T’s Opioid/Fentanyl Detection program is developing and evaluating advanced technologies to better target, interdict, and investigate illicit smuggling into the United States.

Speaker: Dr. Rosanna Anderson, S&T Program Manager for Opioids Detection

Early Warning and Detection Sensors to Mitigate Wildfire and In-building Risks: Learn how S&T is safeguarding communities through enhanced prediction and awareness capabilities to adapt to risks, maintain operational effectiveness, and increase community resilience. 

Speaker: Jeff Booth, Director of S&T’s Sensor and Platform Technology Center

Public Safety and Bomb Squad Support: Realize how S&T supports public safety bomb technicians and provides a collaborative structure for addressing Improvised Explosive Device response and defeat capability gaps identified by federal, state, and local bomb technicians, including the National Bomb Squad Commander’s Advisory Board.;


  • Byung Hee Kim, S&T program manager for REDOPS/RAPTOR
  • Bill Stout, S&T program manager for REDOPS/RAPTOR<

Ask S&T: Engage, connect, and ask questions in the virtual chat on how S&T is turning research into capabilities that enhance first responders in saving lives and being ready for future challenges.

Last Updated: 02/08/2024
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