CIRI announces members of external advisory board

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, has formed an external advisory board, which will assist with the successful management of the Institute and its research, technology transition, and education and workforce development missions.

The board is comprised of 22 senior representatives of the principal stakeholders in the Institute’s mission, including representatives from critical infrastructure operations and emergency-response organizations; scientists from academic institutions, national laboratories, and private industry; and administrators from homeland security agencies and other government agencies.

The members will provide guidance and help support CIRI’s mission of research and development to strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Specially, they will advise on CIRI’s performance and strategic direction, as well as foster relationships with stakeholders in government, laboratories, and industry.

“Much of our nation’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by private entities, and it’s critical that we all work together in a public-private partnership to develop and transition solutions with real-world impact,” said CIRI Interim Director Jeff Binder, who is also director of Illinois’ Applied Research Institute. “The Advisory Board will help us identify the most important challenges we face as a country and help us connect industry, government, and academia to address these challenges.”

Members of the CIRI External Advisory Board

  • Heidi Ammerlahn, Acting Director, Sandia National Labs
  • Todd E. Combs, Interim Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Global Security at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Don Erickson, CEO, Security Industry Association
  • Daniel Gallington, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Paolo Gardoni, Co-Director of Societal Risk Management Program and Director of MAE Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Shaun Gleason, Director of Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pete Grandgeorge, Program Manager, MidAmerican Energy Company
  • Ed Hammersla, Chief Strategy Officer and President of the Federal Division, Forcepoint
  • Maj. Gen. Richard Hayes, Jr. The Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard of the State of Illinois
  • James Joseph, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Murray Kenyon, Senior Vice President of Technology Risk Management, Financial Services Roundtable
  • Bob Kolasky (Ex Officio)Deputy Assistant Secretary of OIP, US Dept. of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection
  • Michael Marx, Managing Supervisor, Ameren
  • Leigh McCook, Principle Research Associate and IPaT Deputy Director of the Institute for People and Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Francis McCormick, Manager of Security & Preparedness, American Water
  • Drew Orsinger, Executive Director & Chief Security Officer, CME Group
  • Kevin Pennell (Ex Officio), Protective Security Advisor, Department of Homeland Security in Springfield, Illinois
  • Charles Rath, President and CEO, Resilient Solutions 21
  • Danny Reible, Professor in Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • Vikram Saksena, CTO for Virtualization Technologies, NetScout Systems
  • Brent Stacey, Associate Laboratory Director, National & Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Dong Wei, Research Scientist, Siemens Corporate Technology Center