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Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee Members

Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee Members

The following is a list of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee members and their bios.

Dr. Vincent W. S. Chan

Dr. Chan is the Joan and Irwin Jacob Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  His research focuses on communication and networks, particularly on free space and fiber optical communication networks and satellite communications.  His work led the way to the first successful ultra-high rate laser communication demonstration in space, and early deployment of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) optical networks.  His recent research emphasis is on heterogeneous (sitcom, wireless, and fiber) network architectures with stringent performance demands.

Byron Collie

Mr. Collie is currently a Vice President, Technology Fellow, and Head of Cybersecurity Risk Management in Operational Risk Management and Analysis for The Goldman Sachs Group, based in New York City. He is responsible for the Global Cybersecurity Risk Oversight Program, in which he provides independent review of the firm’s Cybersecurity activities.  As a technology fellow, Mr. Collie has been acknowledged as one of the firm’s most senior technical and architectural thinkers, and the subject matter expert in Cybersecurity.   

Dr. Mark Dean

Dr. Dean is a professor and researcher in advanced computer architecture at the University of Tennessee, where his focus areas are: cognitive system devices and programming models, big data systems, and computational science.  He previously held positions at IBM Corporation as Vice President (VP) for World Wide Strategy and Operations (IMB Research), as well as VP for the Almaden Research Center (IBM Research).

Dr. James F. Decker

Dr. Decker is the Principal and co-founder of Decker, Garman, Sullivan and Associates, L.L.C. In his current position, he provides strategic and tactical advice on obtaining federal research funding and research management to universities, industry, and national laboratories. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy (DOE) for 21 years. Dr. Decker developed the federal government’s first plan for high performance computing and networking.  He is credited with restructuring and streamlining the management of the Office of Science for DOE by increasing accountability. 

Daniel Dubno

Mr. Dubno is an Emmy-award winning news producer, inventor, technologist, curator, presenter and connector. He is a pioneer in the use of powerful graphic technologies and satellite imagery in the coverage of disasters, terrorism, and other news-worthy events.  He is the founder and Executive Director of The Hourglass Initiative, a non-profit corporation that engages the scientific community in efforts to combat proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  He also founded Blowing Things UP, L.L.C., an international consulting firm specializing in bringing innovative technology to new markets; specifically in the field of homeland security and counter-terrorism.

Dr. Stephen Flynn

Dr. Flynn is the Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, where he is also Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.  At Northeastern, he is a Professor of Political Science with affiliated faculty appointments in the College of Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.  Dr. Flynn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain security and resilience.  Since 2013, he has led teams in conducting post-disaster infrastructure resilience assessments, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Marian Greenspan

Dr. Greenspan has retired from employment at Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions.  There, she conducted statistical analyses in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Her earlier work, in support of homeland security, included the evaluation of available resources versus likely needs for regional responses to pandemic influenza, hurricanes, and terrorist attacks.  She has also advised the United States Navy on mine counter-measures for homeland defense, and contributed to a report on improvised explosives devices, including countermeasures and vulnerabilities.

Dr. Yacov Y. Haimes

Dr. Haimes is the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Systems and Information Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Founding Director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems at the University of Virginia. Previously, he served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, and on the United States House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee. In 2017, Dr. Haimes received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, located in Waterloo, Canada. As a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (1977-78), Dr. Haimes served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, and on the United States House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee.

Dr. Eric Haseltine

Dr. Haseltine is President of Haseltine Partners LLC, a management consulting firm that assists senior executives with making future projections and setting goals, and developing innovative strategies to thrive and achieve success. He developed his skills as a futurist and innovation expert by serving as a Senior Executive at cutting edge organizations, such as: Hughes Aircraft Company, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the National Security Agency (NSA). Trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Haseltine applies new discoveries about the brain to enhance the human dimension of innovation. He has successfully applied his unique, human-centered approach to assist in the transformation and innovation of organizations in the areas of: aerospace, entertainment, health care, consumer products, and national security. He is the author of Long Fuse Big Bang: Achieving Long Term Success through Daily Victories, published by Hyperion. For five years, he authored a monthly column and interactive website on the brain for Discover magazine, and is a contributor to Psychology Today’s website, where he writes a popular blog on the brain, which has garnered more than 1,800,000 views. In 2004, Dr. Haseltine received the Distinguished Psychologist in Management award from the Society of Psychologists in Management.


Dr. James A. Hendler

Dr. Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration, and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web, and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  He also heads the RPI-IBM Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics (HEALS), and serves as a  Chair of the Board of the United Kingdom’s (UK) charitable Web Science Trust.  Dr. Hendler has authored more than 350 books, technical papers, and articles in the areas of Semantic Web, Artificial Intelligence, agent-based computing, and high performance processing. One of the originators of the, “Semantic Web,” Dr. Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the United States (U.S.) Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and was awarded a U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He has also served on government panels for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Navy, the intelligence community, and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

Dr. Kathie L. Olsen

Dr. Olsen is the Founder and Managing Director for ScienceWorks International, L.L.C., a consulting firm dedicated to assisting individuals and organizations with their science and engineering research pursuits.  She is also the Affiliate Professor of Neuroscience, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, at George Mason University.  For more than 20 years, she has served in the federal government in a variety of scientific leadership positions, including: Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Chief Scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Dr. Olsen oversaw the development of the NSF’s strategic plan, and also contributed to re-establishing the National Science and Technology Council focusing on addressing national science policy across the federal research agencies.

Dr. Gerald Parker  

Dr. Parker is the Associate Dean for Global One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In this role, he also serves as Campus Director for Global One Health at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University.  He holds joint appointments at the Bush School of Government Service as Director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program within the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, and AgriLife Research as strategic advisor for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases.  Parker is a member of several advisory boards, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine standing committee on Health Threats and Workforce Resilience, and the Bio-defense Blue Ribbon Panel.  Prior to his appointment to Texas A&M University, Dr. Parker held technical to executive leadership positions throughout 36 years of public service as a recognized defense and civilian interagency leader in bio-defense, high consequence emerging infectious diseases, global health security and all-hazards public health/medical preparedness.

Lieutenant General Harry Raduege, USAF Retired

Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege is the Managing Partner of the Information Technology Practice of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, a strategic advisory firm and merchant-bank, recently co-founded by former Governor and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Tom Ridge, and financier R. Brad Lane.  Lt. Gen. Raduege began serving as Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation in 2006, and held this position until his retirement from Deloitte in June 2017. He has also held positions as Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (2000-2005), and as Manager of the National Communications System (2000-2003).  Lt. Gen. Raduege is retired from the U.S. Air Force where he led efforts to restore communications in the Pentagon and throughout New York City following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  He then led efforts to upgrade Presidential and National Security communications through a $1 billion transformational communications program.  Currently, he serves as a senior counselor for The Cohen Group (2005-Present), as the CEO of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (2015-Present), and on numerous Boards and advisory groups. 

Gary W. Schenkel

Mr. Schenkel is the former Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), and was responsible for the Public Safety Consortium, which brings together local, state, and federal partners to plan and coordinate emergency response. He was responsible for the City of Chicago’s 911, 311, Traffic Management Authority, Internal Secure Communications Network (ISNC), and Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement for the Acting Assistant Secretary and Director for Federal Protective Service, responsible for risk based analysis of criminal and terrorist threats to federal facilities and for the strategic vision for the future of the agency.  Mr. Schenkel currently works as a Public Safety, Smart City consultant with Mission Critical Strategies.

Chief James Schwartz

Chief Schwartz serves as Deputy County Manager, overseeing public safety and technology in Arlington, Virginia.  He served as Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department until September 2015.  Prior to his appointment as chief, he served in a variety of fire department positions, including Assistant Chief for Operations.  In this role, he oversaw all response-related activities, including: fire, emergency medical services (EMS), hazardous materials and technical rescue response, incident management, and operational training.  The Arlington County Fire Department was the lead agency for the response to the September 11, 2001 attack at the Pentagon, and Chief Schwartz led the unified Command effort.

Brian C. Toohey

Mr. Toohey is the Senior Vice President for International Advocacy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). A recognized leader in international advocacy and economic policy, Toohey is former president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), where he led the semiconductor industry’s federal advocacy, international trade, and technology programs. Prior to joining SIA, Toohey spent nearly eight years at PhRMA, starting as the lead international lobbyist in the federal advocacy department, subsequently  serving as leader of PhRMA’s international advocacy team. He previously held a position with the U.S. Department of Commerce, focusing on European trade and intellectual property issues, and was an executive in the wireless telecommunications industry.

Dr. David A. Whelan

Dr. Whelan is a Professor of Engineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the former Vice President of Engineering and Chief Scientist for Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security business. He has a proven track record for facilitating innovative, high impact solutions for national issues, while increasing business growth.  Dr. Whelan is a member of the Defense Science Board, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He is also the former Director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Christina C. Williams

Ms. Williams is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Sloan School of Business, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is responsible for managing the financial activities, budgets, and reporting to the school and to the Institute. She is also an Adjunct Faculty for the College of Business Administration at Northeastern University. Previously, she was the Media Lab Director of Development and Finance and Assistant Director of Major Programs at MIT, and held multiple positions at Fidelity Investments, focusing on organizational change, efficiency, and process improvements.

Dr. Theodore Lawrence Willke II

Dr. Willke is currently a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Labs. He investigates methods and systems for processing very large data sets and fast data streams, with a focus on applications involving parallel and distributed machine learning and data mining. His interests in parallel and distributed computing grew out of his dissertation work on reliable group communication protocols, which he completed while at Intel and as he developed I/O technologies and standards for the company. He is a co-principal investigator in a multi-year project on real-time brain decoding with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.  His research interests include faster, more scalable computing systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence, image processing, and graph analytics. He applies his work to challenges in cognitive neuroscience, medical imaging analysis, oceanography, and marine biology.  Previously, he founded an Intel venture focused on graph analytics for data science.  As a result of his work, he was the recipient of Intel’s highest award in 2014.

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