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Cabinet Secretary Visits the School

Secretary of Homeland Security Visits School of Engineering

January 15, 2004 —

From the left, Daniel Mazmanian, C. L. Max Nikias, Tom Ridge and Lloyd Armstrong Jr.
Tom Ridge, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visited the USC School of Engineering January 15 to receive an update on the new Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events.

Last November, the Department of Homeland Security chose USC for its first Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The agency will provide $12 million over the next three years to student risk analysis related to the economic consequences of terrorist threats and events.

Ridge met with Engineering Dean C. L. Max Nikias in the dean’s office for approximately 45 minutes. Also in attendance were Provost Lloyd Armstrong; Daniel Mazmanian, dean of the School of Policy, Planning and Development; Randolph Hall, director of the new center and senior associate dean for research in the School of Engineering; Detlof von Winterfeldt, deputy dean of research in the School of Policy, Planning and Development and co-director of the new center; and three USC doctoral students. The students were Nathan Schurr and Jonathan Pearce, who are both studying computer science, and Carol Armstrong, a public policy student.

Hall briefed the secretary on the center and Ridge engaged in discussions with all three students when they described their research to him.
Three doctoral students discussed their research with the secretary. From the left is Tom Ridge with Nathan Schurr, computer science; Carol Armstrong, public policy and Jonathan Pearce, computer science.
From the left are Randolph Hall, Tom Ridge and Detlof von Winterfeldt.
Standing from the left are C.L. Max Nikias, Randolph Hall, Daniel Mazmanian and Detlof von Winterfeldt. Sitting are Lloyd Armstrong Jr. and Tom Ridge.
All those who attended the meeting are pictured above.
For an excellent story on the visit in the Daily Trojan, USC's student newspaper, click here
For an earlier story on the center go to: http://engineering.usc.edu/homeland%5Fsecurity/
For the center’s web site go to: http://www.usc.edu/dept/ise/hsc/
For information on the Department of Homeland Security, go to: http://www.dhs.gov