Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Policy

Benefit from the collective expertise of a dynamic and experienced faculty. Students will interact with scholarly professionals practiced in the craft of developing and analyzing homeland security policy for a variety of government, academic, and nonprofit organizations.

photo Bruce Lawlor - Director, Center for Technology, Security and Policy (CTSP) and Professor in Practice, Center for Public Administration and Policy,br> D.Sc. Engineering Management, The George Washington University

Major General (Ret.) Lawlor was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Centuria Corporation. He was a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), the former Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security, former Senior Director for Protection and Prevention, White House Homeland Security Council, and the first Commanding General, Department of Defense Joint Task Force-Civil Support. MG Lawlor specializes in decision support technology; national and homeland security strategy, doctrine, policy and operations.

photo John Harrald - Research Professor, Center for Technology Security and Policy (CTSP), and Visiting Professor, Center for Public Administration and Policy
Ph.D., Management Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Jack Harrald served as director of The George Washington University Institute of Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM), an interdisciplinary institute engaged in research, education, and professional development. Harrald is executive editor, The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM) and associate editor, The International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM). He is a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors; the Disaster Roundtable Steering Committee, National Research Council; and the National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. Dr. Harrald specializes in crisis, disaster, risk management, and emergency response.

photo Theresa Jefferson - Research Associate Professor, Center for Technology Security and Policy (CTSP), and Visiting Associate Professor Center for Public Administration and Policy
D.Sc. Engineering Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Jefferson previously served as deputy director, Declassification Productivity Research Center at The George Washington University, and held numerous senior technical positions at the Science Applications International Corporation. She specializes in information and communication technologies (ICT); crisis, disaster, risk management, emergency response, decision support systems, and crisis collaborative decision making.

photo Randall Murch - Associate Director, Research Program Development, National Capital Region and Adjunct Professor, School for Public and International Affairs
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Murch had distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, forensic biologist, creator of the WMD forensic investigative program, department head and deputy director in the FBI forensic laboratory as well as middle management and senior executive in the technical surveillance division. He was also detailed to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency from the FBI. From Virginia Tech, he was loaned to the Department of Homeland Security for one year as Senior Principal Counselor for Science and Technology. He has extensive experience with the National Academy of Sciences and other high-level advisory groups. He specializes in security in complex systems; integrative security through science, technology, policy and operations; biosecurity and forensic science.

photo Bob Stephan - Policy and Research Professor, Center for Technology Security and Policy (CTSP) and Professor of Practice, Center for Public Administration
Masters in International Relations, University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and The Johns Hopkins University.

Colonel Stephan also serves as Managing Director at Dutko Worldwide where he heads up the Global Risk Management practice area. Prior to joining Dutko, Colonel Stephan served as the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Infrastructure Protection. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Department's efforts to catalog critical infrastructures and key resources and coordinate risk-based strategies and protective measures to secure them from terrorist attack. He specializes in homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, and risk management.

photo Joel Peters - Associate Professor in Government and International Affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech
D. Phil. International Relations, St. Anthonys College, Oxford

Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Joel Peters worked at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Peters was the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) and was a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University, Israel. From 1990-96 he was a research fellow in the Middle East Program at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, (Chatham House) London. Peters' research interests and publications cover the Arab-Israeli peace process, regional cooperation (with particular reference to the Middle East and the Mediterranean) and post conflict peacebuilding. He is the author of 3 books, and over 30 articles, chapters in books and working papers.

photo Patrick Roberts - Assistant Professor in the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech

Dr. Roberts' Ph.D. is in government from the University of Virginia, and he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University. Patrick specializes in national security, intelligence, and disaster organizations and has published in a variety of scholarly and popular journals. He has worked on projects for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Social Science Research Council.