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Science and Technology 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 is the Joan and Irwin Jacob Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at 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 is currently a Vice President, Technology Fellow and Global Head of Cybersecurity Risk Management in Operational Risk Management and Analysis for The Goldman Sachs Group based in New York City. His responsibilities including global cybersecurity risk oversight, strategic geopolitical and cyber intelligence, corporate cybersecurity incident preparedness, red team operations and managing external collaborative relationships with Government, industry and security community partners.  As a Technology Fellow, Byron has been acknowledged as one of the firm’s senior strategic thinkers with a broad mandate, technical leadership and problem-solving expertise.

Mark Dean is a professor and researcher in advanced computer architecture at the University of Tennessee, where he focuses on cognitive system devices and programming models, big data systems, and computational science.  His previous positions at IBM Corporation included Vice President for World Wide Strategy and Operations, IBM Research and Vice President for the Almaden Research Center, IBM Research.

Dr. James F. Decker is the Principal and co-founder of Decker, Garman, Sullivan and Associates, L.L.C. His primary focus is research and development management and business development in the federal sector.  He served as Acting Director of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on five occasions, totaling seven 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 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 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 is currently 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. Marian Greenspan is a statistical analyst with Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions, where she conducts analyses in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Previously, she advised the U.S. 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 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. He also served as a consultant to the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and for the last decade as a visiting scientist.

Dr. Eric Haseltine is a neuroscientist and futurist who has applied a brain-centered approach to help organizations in aerospace, entertainment, healthcare, consumer products and national security transform and innovate. He is the author of Long Fuse, Big Bang: Achieving Long-Term Success through Daily Victories. For five years, he wrote a monthly column on the brain for Discover magazine and is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today's web site, where his popular blog on the brain has garnered over 800,000 views. Haseltine received the Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award from the Society of Psychologists in Management and has published 41 patents and patent applications in optics, media and entertainment technology. In the aftermath of 9/11, he joined the National Security Agency as the Associate Director, in charge of Research and Development, where he directed a broad range of intelligence technology projects including cyber technology and cyber defense.

James A. Hendler, PhD is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI. Hendler has authored over 350 technical papers in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing. One of the originators of the “Semantic Web,” Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the IEEE and the AAAS. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He has also served on government panels for NASA, the Navy, the intelligence community and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

Dr. Kathie L. Olsen is the Founder and Managing Director for ScienceWorks International, L.L.C., a consulting firm dedicated to helping people and organizations succeed in their science and engineering research pursuits.  She has served for over 20 years 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 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 is the Associate Dean for Global One Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and in this role, he also serves as Campus Director for Global One Health at Texas 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 Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel. 

Harry Raduege recently retired as the Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation and former Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.  He is a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Air Force who led efforts to restore telecommunications throughout New York City and the Pentagon following the 9/11 attack. General Raduege was also appointed by the Secretary of Defense as the Commander of the Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations and Deputy Commander for Global Network Operations and Defense for the U.S. Strategic Command.

Gary W. 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 is 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 is currently consulting on public safety and smart cities with Mission Critical Solutions.

James Schwartz is the Chief of the Arlington County, Virginia Fire Department. Previously he served in a variety of fire department positions including Assistant Chief for Operations, responsible for all response-related activities, including fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue response, incident management and operational training. He was also assigned to the Office of the County Manager where he served as the Director of Emergency Management until his appointment to Fire Chief.

Brian C. Toohey is 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 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 and then serving as leader of PhRMA’s international advocacy team. He previously worked at 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 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 problems 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 a former Director of the Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Christina C. Williams is the Chief Financial Officer 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 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.

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