Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) and the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security co-hosted the 6th annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit with the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security September 26-28, 2013. The conference brought together over 200 individuals from across the country and around the world. Events held the night of September 26 were highlighted by a keynote address by Kurt Schwartz, undersecretary for Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a welcome by John LaBrie, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, David Luzzi, professor and executive director of Strategic Security Initiatives at Northeastern’s College of Engineering and Peter Boynton, co-director of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern.

“This conference provided those teaching in and affiliated with Northeastern’s Master’s in Homeland Security program to engage with and learn from industry experts and academic colleagues in the security industry,” said Craig Gruber, director and faculty member of the program.

“In the wake of 9/11, we realize that collaboration and integration were key to a very effective security apparatus, and we’ve modeled that in how our programs and research initiatives have come to the table at Northeastern,” said Dean LaBrie during his welcome remarks.

“Northeastern University is looking to create a research environment here in the Kostas Institute to understand how our complex systems operate and how they can be designed and built to work through when things go bad that are due to natural or manmade causes. That includes research in laboratories throughout the building and it also includes convening groups of people to come here and think about how things can be done better in a more resilient way,” explained Peter Boynton, demonstrating how the mission of the Kostas Research Institute was carried out on this day.