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Boston-area IEEE Homeland Security Symposium to address resiliency


WASHINGTON, March 20, 2017 The IEEE Boston Section has since shortly after 9/11 sought to improve the security of our nation. Section leaders have continuously stressed to homeland security officials the importance of close collaboration.

Kay C. Goss, an internationally recognized expert on emergency management and resiliency, will discuss the key to working together at the upcoming IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST '17). www.ieee-hst.org

"Emergency management is a profession that requires collaboration," Goss said. "The greatest challenge we're having now is in communications and innovative technologies. Our outreach to the private sector is so important to the growth of the profession."

HST '17 will assemble top industry, academic, government and business leaders in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass., on 25-26 April. Goss and Dr. Melissa Flagg, a former Defense Department official and CEO of Flagg Consulting, are the opening keynote speakers.

Goss founded World Disaster Management in 2012. It is designed to help spur the growth of the emergency management profession. In the United States, it supports FEMA in preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

Internationally, Goss has worked on projects in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Turkey. Her work with the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management at Istanbul Technical University began in 1999.

"[Turkey] had two really severe earthquakes [that year]," Goss said. "Thousands died and probably billions of dollars [in] property losses."

Goss made her comments on the ScienceNews Radio Network program Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason.

About HST '17

Peer-reviewed papers, keynote addresses and business panels will be presented during HST '17 at the Westin Waltham Boston. It's the 16th in an annual series of events focusing on emerging homeland security technologies.

Attendees are typically those working on technologies designed to deter and prevent homeland attacks, protect critical infrastructures and people, mitigate damage and expedite recovery.

HST '17 is produced by the IEEE Boston Section (www.ieeeboston.org) with technical support from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. Massport is a gold sponsor and IEEE-USA a co-sponsor. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon and MITRE are providing organizational support.

International partners are encouraged to participate.

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