Detlof von Winterfeldt, director of USC’s Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism (CREATE), represented the university at the first U.S. Department of Homeland Security University Network Summit on Research and Education in Washington, D.C. on March 14-16.
Approximately 80 universities from 30 states were represented at the summit, including nine universities designated as Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence. USC was the first university in the country to be so designated. These centers are research and education entities that serve the mission of the Science and Technology Directorate of the department.
The conference was attended by homeland security officials, researchers, educators and students as well as interested parties in government, academia and industry.
A reception for 200 Capitol Hill staffers was organized by von Winterfeldt at the Rayburn Building. Jay Cohen, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was the featured speaker.
While in Washington, von Winterfeldt also met with representatives of the staffs of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard.