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Congratulations to Our First MBA Graduating Class!

Release Date: July 11, 2023

On July 6 I was honored to deliver the keynote address to the inaugural class of graduates of the MBA in Security Technology Transition (STT) program, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence led by the George Washington University (GWU). The graduation marked a milestone for both the graduates and DHS.

Completing an advanced degree is challenging under any circumstances, but this cohort of students proved to be particularly resilient. They completed a rigorous 2.5-year program during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, while continuing to work in full-time positions in service to the federal government. Despite uncertainty, they persevered and prevailed, and are now uniquely positioned to serve as a vital conduit, helping to ensure that game-changing technology reaches those on the front lines.  

Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov speaks. to STT program graduates on July 6 in Washington, DC.
Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dimitri Kusnezov speaks to STT program graduates on July 6 in Washington, DC.

This graduation was also a significant success for the Department. This program is the first of its kind; the merger of academia and technology transition is a novel concept envisioned and implemented by DHS. The technology “valley of death” is a phenomenon well known to everyone who has worked in research and development. It is vital that we close this gap so those operating on the front lines have access to revolutionary, life-saving technology, and DHS implemented this innovative approach to tackle the problem.          

Though technology investments are critical to strengthening our nation’s security, the MBA-STT program is a prime example of the magic that can happen when technology is combined with the human element. The graduates were standout employees before beginning this program; I now look forward to watching them lead with these newfound skills and expertise.

I am extremely proud to congratulate this class on their accomplishments. Thank you, graduates, for your commitment to the Department and taking a step above and beyond to help ensure the safety of our nation.

Group photo of graduation participants and program staff.
Group photo of graduation participants and program staff.

For more information on the MBA-STT program, please visit: MBA in Security Technology Transition (STT). The commencement speech will soon be featured in an upcoming mini episode of the Technologically Speaking podcast.

Last Updated: 07/11/2023
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