Mel Bernstein Portrait

Mel Bernstein

Chairman of the Board 

Mel Bernstein, Ph.D. is the Chairman of the Board at George J. Kostas Research Institute, LLC, and Professor of the Practice in Technology Policy and Materials Engineering at Northeastern University. He earned his doctorate in Metallurgy and Material Science from Columbia University.

Dr. Bernstein joined the University in July 2010 as Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education. Prior to his appointment he was the Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland where he led the effort to promote strong growth amongst the University’s research programs and developed partnerships with government agencies and corporations

In 2003, Dr. Bernstein established the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of University Programs, where he served as its Director. In that role, he facilitated the creation of an integrated network of merit-based national centers, bringing together the best academic talent from Engineering, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Social Sciences and the Humanities, to work in areas critical to Homeland Security. He then served as Acting Director of the Office of Research and Development at DHS.

Before joining the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Bernstein was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Brandeis University. Dr. Bernstein has also served at Tufts University as Vice President for Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics, and as Provost and Chancellor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bernstein has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific and technical papers, co-edited four books and published numerous articles, during a research career at Carnegie Mellon University where he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Material Science and Engineering.

Peter Boynton Portrait

Peter Boynton

CEO and Director

Peter Boynton is CEO and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, LLC.  The institute brings together academic, industry and government research to accelerate innovation related to resilience and security.  He is a Professor of the Practice at Northeastern University, affiliated with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Prior to arriving at the Kostas Institute in the fall of 2011, he was Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the state of Connecticut, appointed by both republican and democratic Governors.  He led statewide responses to three Presidential disaster declarations, supported the statewide response to the H1N1 outbreak, established the state-led intelligence fusion center and developed the framework for statewide emergency response.  Prior to being Commissioner, he was Federal Security Director for aviation security at Bradley International airport, where he led the airport from the lowest rated TSA operations in the eastern U.S. to among the top ten.

Mr. Boynton was previously an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring at the rank of Captain.  His service included 10 years of sea duty, commanding officer of three Coast Guard cutters and Captain of the Port for maritime security.  He was the senior Coast Guard officer at the U.S. Department of State, and was a Director on the White House National Security Council (NSC).

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a degree in ocean engineering from the Coast Guard Academy.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on emergency management and homeland security issues, and has served on numerous non-profit boards.  He was Chair of the Connecticut Pilot Commission and holds an unlimited Master’s License for ocean-going vessels of any tonnage.

Stephen Flynn Portrait

Stephen Flynn, PhD

Professor and Co-Director

Dr. Stephen Flynn is Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Academic Director of Northeastern’s Master in Security and Resilience Studies Program and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.

Before arriving at Northeastern in the fall of 2011, he served as President of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008 he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama.

Dr. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea. He is the author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004).

He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on the Future of North America co-chaired by David Patreau and Robert Zoellick. Flynn holds the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

He is the principal for Stephen E. Flynn Associates LLC, where he provides independent advisory services on improving enterprise resilience, critical infrastructure protection, and transportation and maritime security.