Dr. John T. Christian - (Chair)
John T. Christian, NAE(Chair) is one of the nation’s leading geotechnical engineers and an expert in consulting engineering. Dr. Christian spent much of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation.. Dr. Christian was a Vice President at Stone & Webster when he left to go into private practice. He has published over 90 papers and three books in the geotechnical and earthquake engineering fields. He is currently a consulting engineer in Boston and Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Christian has actively served as a fellow and former chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET), the organization that oversees the accreditation of engineering programs at universities. He is also a former chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Engineering Division and edited the Society’s Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. An Honorary Member of ASCE and an Honorary Member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, ASCE, Dr. Christian has been the distinguished recipient of several honors and awards. In 1996, he received ASCE’s Thomas A. Middlebrook Award for a paper on the uses of reliability approaches in which he applied probabilistic concepts to geotechnical engineering. In 1999 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from MIT.
Dr. Bilal M. Ayyub
University of Maryland, College Park
Bilal M. Ayyub is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland and director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management. He is engaged in research activities focused on uncertainty modeling and analysis, systems modeling, decision analysis, homeland security, various defense and infrastructure systems, safety systems, and mathematical modeling using statistics, probability theory, fuzzy sets, and the theory of evidence. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Dr. Ayyub is a recipient of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) “Jimmie” Hamilton Award for the best paper in the Naval Engineers Journal during 1985, 1992, 2000, and 2002.; the award for the outstanding research oriented paper in the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management in 1987; and the ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, 1989; the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society’s K. S. Fu Award for Distinguished Service 1995; the ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, 1997; and several leadership and distinguished service awards. He is the founder and co-chairman of the International Symposia on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis. Dr. Ayyub is the author and co-author of about 450 publications including many edited books and textbooks. Dr. Ayyub holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Kuwait, and an MS and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. George H. Baker
James Madison University
George H. Baker is Associate Director Institute of Infrastructure and Information Assurance (IIIA) and Associate Professor at James Madison University (JMU). He specializes in electromagnetic effects, pulse power, nuclear weapons effects, space nuclear power, remote sensors, critical infrastructure assurance, and underground structures. Before joining the faculty at JMU, Dr. Baker worked as a research scientist for Harry Diamond Laboratories, a group leader for the Defense Nuclear Agency, Director of the Springfield Research Facility, Senior Scientist at Northrop Grumman, and a Technical Consultant at SAIC, Northrop, National Security Research Institute for Defense Analyses, and the National Park Service. Dr. Baker holds a B.A in physics from Western Maryland College, an M.S. in physics from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in engineering physics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.
Mr. Dwight A. Beranek
Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.
Dwight A. Beranek is vice president and operations manager Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. where he is project executive for the Federal Emergency Management Agency map modernization project. Mr. Beranek recently retired from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he served for more than 35 years in a variety of management and leadership positions. Most recently, he was deputy director of military programs, at the Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. In that position, he provided senior executive direction and leadership for a multi-billion-dollar-per-year military construction programs. Previously, he was the chief of engineering and construction serving as the Corps’ civilian chief engineer for civil works and military missions. Prior to that, he served as director of engineering for the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division working extensively with military, state and local officials to deliver military construction and water resources projects. Mr. Beranek served as a member of Federal Highway Administration’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Bridge and Tunnel Security and lead the establishment of the Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) a network of over 100 professional organizations dedicated to reducing the vulnerability of our Nation’s built environment to terrorism and natural threats. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He is the recipient of both the SAME’s and ASCE’s President’s Medal. He was also awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Executive for contributions in the Federal Government. Mr. Beranek holds B.S. in engineering from Northwestern University, and a Masters in public administration from American University and in business administration from Boston University.
Mr. Mark M. Hankewycz
The Protection Engineering Group, PC
Mark M. Hankewycz is Director, Security Services at The Protection Engineering Group, PC. He has 20 years of security experience with expertise in planning and implementing integrated electronic security systems consisting of automated electronic entry control, intrusion detection and camera systems. He has comprehensive experience in security guard force management, anti-terrorism/force protection, policy and procedure development, security needs assessments, risk analysis, and threat assessments, and command and control systems integration. Mr. Hankewycz has developed security master plans, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery plans. He is a member of the• National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Mr. Holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Jeremy Isenberg
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Jeremy Isenberg, NAE is recent past-president and CEO of Weidlinger Associates, Inc., a structural and civil engineering and software development firm. Dr. Isenberg is an expert in the computational modeling of dynamic response of structures, especially those exposed to blast loads. He initiated the conversion of computational mechanics technology at Weidlinger Associates from defense applications to civilian uses such as geological prospecting, design of ultrasound search units for medical imaging, and for optical inspection of sub-micron features on silicon wafers. He is active on several professional committees of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute and is recent past president of the Structural Engineering Institute, ASCE. He served as a member of the Federal Highway blue ribbon panel on Bridge and Tunnel Security. He is the recipient of the ASCE Ernest Howard Award for contributions to computational mechanics applied to blast effects on structures; of the C. Martin Duke Award for contributions to Lifeline Earthquake Engineering; and of the Tewksbury Award of ASCE/SEI. He is a registered civil or professional engineer in several states. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Isenberg received a B.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Mr. L. Michael Kaas
U.S. Department of the Interior [Retired]
L. Michael Kaas recently retired as director of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Managing Risk and Public Safety. In that position he was responsible for facilities management, health and safety, law enforcement and security policy in the Office of the Secretary. His 28-year career at the department also included positions at the U.S. Bureau of Mines as associate director for information and analysis, chief of the Division of Resource Evaluation, chief of the Division of Environmental Technology Research, chief of the Office of Regulatory Projects Coordination, chief of the Division of Mineral Information Systems, deputy director of minerals information and analysis, and planning officer. He is a recipient of the Department of the Interior’s Distinguished Service Award and its Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Kaas is a member and past director of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and a recipient of the Herbert Hoover Award. He has authored many technical papers. Mr. Kaas is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and holds a B.S. in mining engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in mineral engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. David A. Klinger
University of Missouri-St. Louis
David A. Klinger is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He previously held positions as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. Prior to pursuing his graduate degrees, he worked as a patrol officer for the Los Angeles and Redmond (Washington) Police Departments. He has held research positions at the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C.; the University of Washington, Seattle; the Washington State's Attorney's Office; and the Seattle Police Department. In 1997, Dr. Klinger was the recipient of the American Society of Criminology's inaugural Ruth Caven Young Scholar Award for outstanding early career contributions to the discipline of criminology. Professor Klinger's current research interests focus on the organization and actions of the modern police. He has written over 25 scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries that address a variety of police-related issues. His book on officer-involved shootings, Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force, was published by Jossey–Bass in 2004. Dr. Klinger holds Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.
Mr. Richard G. Little
University of Southern California
Richard G. Little is Director of the Keston Institute for Infrastructure at the University of Southern California where he conducts research and develops policy studies aimed at informing the discussion of infrastructure issues critical to California and the nation. Prior to joining USC he was Director of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council (NRC) where he developed and directed a program of studies in building and infrastructure research. He has conducted numerous studies dealing with life-cycle management and financing of infrastructure, project management, and hazard preparedness and mitigation and has published extensively on risk management and decision-making for physical security and critical infrastructure protection. Mr. Little has over thirty-five years experience in planning, management, and policy development relating to public facilities, including fifteen years with local government. Mr. Little holds a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. Urban-Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. John A. McCarthy
George Mason University
John A. McCarthy is Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Project at the George Mason University School of Law, where he also holds a faculty appointment as Research Professor of Security Studies. Prior to joining the CIP Project, Mr. McCarthy was a Director in KPMG LLP’s Mid-Atlantic risk and advisory services practice, where he provided computer security, critical infrastructure, and business continuity management solutions to government clients. Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. McCarthy served as a member of the professional staff of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO), which supported the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism located within the National Security Council. He assisted in the development of an integrated National Infrastructure Assurance Strategy to address risks and threats to the nation’s critical infrastructures. He was a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard for more than 20 years serving in a wide variety of field command and senior staff positions. His military and civilian awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vice President’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government “Hammer” Award. He holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from The Citadel--Military College of South Carolina, and an M.S. in Information Resource Management from Syracuse University.
MG Charles I. McGinnis
Charles I. McGinnis retired from the U.S. Army as a major general and was former director of civil works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; more recently he served in senior positions at the Construction Industry Institute in Austin, Texas. He has also served as a senior officer of Fru-Con Corporation and as the director of engineering and construction for the Panama Canal Company and later as vice president of the company and lieutenant governor of the Canal Zone. As director of civil works, he was responsible for a $3 billion per year planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance program of water-resource-oriented public works on a nationwide basis. He is a fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers, a fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a charter member of the National Academy of Construction. He is recipient of the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. McGinnis is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Missouri and holds a Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Karlene H. Roberts
University of California, Berkeley
Karlene H. Roberts is a professor at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley and a research psychologist at the Institute for Business and Economics Research at Berkeley. Dr. Roberts has expertise in the design and management of organizations and systems of organizations in which errors can have catastrophic consequences. The results of her research have been applied to programs in numerous organizations, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation’s Air Traffic Control System, NASA, the oil and gas, financial and medical industries. Dr. Roberts has published on a wide variety of organizational risk management issues. She is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Academy of Management. She has served on several NRC committees including the Human Factors Committee, the Committee on NASA’s Bioastronautics Critical Path Roadmap, the Committee on Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety, and the Committee on Core Competencies. She has a BA in psychology from Stanford University, a PhD in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an honorary PhD in Management Science from Paul Cezanne University Aix-Marseille III.
Sergeant Randy L. Rossman
Miami-Dade Police Department
Randy Rossman is a 20-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department. He holds the rank of Sergeant and is currently assigned to the Homeland Security Bureau. The HSB has the primary responsibility for gathering, analyzing, disseminating, maintaining criminal intelligence and homeland security initiatives for the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) and providing pertinent information to concerned federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. In addition, the HSB conducts security and vulnerability assessments and identifies the security needs of critical infrastructures and sites within Miami-Dade County that could be potentially targeted by terrorist. Sergeant Rossman supervises detectives assigned to the Infrastructure and Protections Section which includes Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. His section recently completed a Buffer Zone Protection Plan for the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. Sergeant Rossman holds a BS in Economics from Florida State University.
Dr. Craig D. Uchida
Justice & Security Strategies
Craig D. Uchida is president of Justice & Security Strategies a consulting firm that focuses on homeland security, criminal justice, and public health issues. He provides training and technical assistance, develops and implements research and evaluation plans, and assists in implementing change within local, state, and federal organizations. Dr. Uchida has over 25 years of experience in criminal justice and has worked with over 35 police agencies during his career. More recently, he has assisted agencies and organizations in homeland security issues. He assisted the Major Cities Chiefs Association with its Terrorist Alert Policies, worked in the State of Alaska on continuity of operations/continuity of governance planning (COOP/COG), and documented the Los Angeles Police Department’s efforts to establish Operation Archangel, a multi-agency approach to critical infrastructure protection. In addition, he is an instructor at the Naval Post-Graduate School in homeland security. He previously served as Assistant Director for Grants Administration and Senior Policy Adviser, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Director, Office of Criminal Justice Research, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Director, Evaluation Division, NIJ at the U.S. Department of Justice. He previously served as Assistant Professor, Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Uchida holds a B.A. from University of California at San Diego, an MA in American history from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from State University of New York at Albany.