By Tayloe Washburn
The U.S. needs 144,000 new computer science workers each year but graduates only 15,500 students with computer science degrees, according to Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. This skills gap is one of the biggest challenges facing our region. In Seattle, there are thousands of open positions at Microsoft, Amazon and smaller companies, while half of millennials are unemployed or underemployed, and older job seekers struggle to find work.
Northeastern University – Seattle was thrilled to host over 100 local leaders for our speaker series “Critical Lessons from Super Storm Sandy: Will Puget Sound be resilient in the face of the next disaster?” After a presentation by Northeastern University’s Dr. Stephen Flynn, the audience of educators, public officials, emergency management professionals, students, military personnel, business leaders, and more enjoyed a panel discussion featuring Walt Hubbard of King County Emergency Management; Barb Graff of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management, Mike Harbour of Sound Transit; and Dr. Scott Miles of Western Washington University. The panel discussed regional resilience and preparedness in the face of various natural disasters. Topics ranged from personal preparedness to institutional planning for natural disasters and attendees were treated individual talks by panelists and a question and answer session. Lunch was served and attendees left full, mindful and prepared for what could face our region in the future.
The Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21) recorded the program. Upcoming broadcast times are:
Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
Friday, February 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
After that, it will be available on-demand at www.seattlechannel.org
You can find a copy of Dr. Flynn’s presentation here.
Additional information on our region’s resilience planning can be found here:
Interested in either entering the field of emergency management operation or moving ahead in the field? Consider attending our Open House for our Master of Arts of Homeland Security Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:30pm @Northeastern University – Seattle. For more information and to RSVP, click here.