Northeastern Partners with Leading Agencies, Centers and Academic Institutions on Homeland Security Education Summit

September 17, 2013

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies (CPS), is a partner with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Guard Homeland Security Institute, and the National Homeland Defense Foundation, in the 6th annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit, "Developing an Adaptive Homeland Security Environment." Organized by the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the summit will take place at Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Institute, Joint Forces Headquarters, Hanscom Air Force Base, September 26 -28, 2013.

John LaBrie, dean of the College of Professional Studies, will deliver welcome remarks at the conference's opening reception held at the Kostas Center on Thursday evening, September 26. LaBrie will be joined by David Luzzi , professor and executive director of Strategic Security Initiatives at Northeastern's College of Engineering and Peter Boynton , Co-Director of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern.

A number of Northeastern faculty will also present at the three day conference:

  • Stephen Flynn , faculty member and co-director at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University, will deliver a lunch talk
  • Craig Gruber , director and faculty member of the Master's in Homeland Security program, will deliver opening remarks
  • Cordula Robinson , director and faculty member of the Geospatial Information Technology program, will present Geospatial Intelligence: What it is and how it is useful
  • Dave Hagen, faculty lecturer in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice graduate programs, will present Sustained and Substantive Engagement of Local Law Enforcement with Academic Entities and their Impact on Increased Homeland Security Enterprise Solutions
  • David Kaeli , professor and associate dean of Electrical and Computer Engineering will present Preparing the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals for Careers in the U.S. Government
  • Nikos Passas, professor of Criminal Justice at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will present llicit Trade Flows and Security Threats
  • Max Abrahms, assistant professor, public policy, Department of Political Science, will present Do Decapitation Strikes Work? The Surprising Effect of Killing Off Militant Group Leaders

Other speakers and panelists will include Ed Davis, chief, Boston Police Department, Richard Serino, deputy administrator, FEMA, and Colonel Tim Alben, superintendent, Massachusetts State Police, among many others.

"We welcome this opportunity to gather and engage with academic colleagues and industry experts who are vested in the future of Homeland Security and training the professionals who will work in this critical sector," said Gruber.

Northeastern's College of Professional Studies recently launched a new Master's of Homeland Security program which provides in-depth education on all aspects of a disaster cycle, with a focus on catastrophes and emergencies such as hurricanes, hazardous waste leaks, and acts of terrorism. Faculty experts lead this program, drawing on the strengths of partnerships and collaborations with The Naval Postgraduate School and Northeastern's George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.   The first class of students was welcomed in the fall of 2013.

Four tracks will make up this year's Education Summit, with many Northeastern faculty participating, including: Terrorism in 2013; Building the Practitioner Scholar Relationship; Cybersecurity: Developing Relevance in Higher Education Programs for Technical and Nontechnical Professionals; and Forming the Discipline of Homeland Security.

For more information, please visit the Summit's agenda

Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master's degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern's research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.

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