An Intro to DHS’s Role in Protecting Critical Infrastructure

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The critical infrastructure market is expected to increase from $87 billion in 2016 to over $130 billion by 2021.  The ability to protect this infrastructure now and in the future relies on partnership between the public and private sectors. This webinar will provide insight into the offices in DHS that focus on protecting critical infrastructure and how research done by academia can help to fulfill current gaps and enhance operations. 


Photo of Matt Coats
Photo of Matt Coats

Mr. Matt Coats is the Deputy Director for the DHS Office of University Programs. Mr. Coats also manages three DHS Science and Technology Centers of Excellence that conduct research and development activities in zoonotic and animal disease, critical infrastructure resilience, and food protection and defense. He also serves as the Office of University Programs Transition lead responsible for overseeing technology transition. In 2012, he jointly served as the acting Deputy Director of the DHS International Cooperative Programs Office, overseeing the team’s management of the Department’s 12 International Agreements. He participates in the Department’s integrated product teams, National Security Council working groups, and the White House Foreign Animal Disease Threat Subcommittee where he served as the co-chair for the Work Force Task Force.

Prior to his work at DHS, Mr. Coats was a Senior Consultant and Booz Allen Hamilton supporting diverse public sector clients responsible for developing technologies to protect the Nation. He has worked in the biotech private sector as an International Business Development Associate at KARD Scientific where he was responsible for managing brand development, account management, and assisting in the execution of new research and development partnerships globally.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Medical School with an M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy, Union College with a B.S. in biology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business’ Executive Program. Mr. Coats is a certified Program Manager from the Defense Acquisition University, a Contracting Officer Representative, and a member in the Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Xi Honor Societies.

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