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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 18, 2003 | Vol. 32 No. 42
Part-Time Engineering to Offer Homeland Security Courses in D.C.

Responding to the growing interest in domestic defense issues, the Whiting School of Engineering Part-Time Programs in Engineering and Applied Science is offering two new courses in homeland security this fall.

Designed for government and industry homeland security senior managers and leaders, the graduate-level, 15-week courses will address the leadership and technical skills necessary to understand homeland security challenges on a systems engineering level. The classes will be held in the nation's capital at the university's Washington Center.

Homeland Security Systems, the first of six planned courses, focuses on hands-on, technology-based solutions to homeland security, as well as systems problem definition, needs analysis, generation of alternatives, decision making and risk management. Information Systems Security focuses on the technology necessary to design, implement and operate information systems to meet today's and future threats.

In announcing these two new courses, Sam Seymour, vice chair of Systems Engineering and Technical Management, pointed out that Johns Hopkins began homeland security initiatives in 1991 with the Counter Proliferation and Chemical Biological Protection Programs at the Applied Physics Laboratory. "Since most of the PTE faculty work on technical and policy issues related to homeland security, the students will receive national security training from practitioners with real-world experience and knowledge that is useful today and will help define applicable solutions to the unknown threats of the future," he said.

Seymour added that special guest lecturers from the private sector will augment lectures and discussion sessions.

For more information about the two classes, go to or call 800-548-3647.


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