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GW Faculty available for comment on terrorism, airline security, and liquid explosives

Frank Cilluffo (Homeland Security), associate vice president for homeland security, joined GW from the White House where he served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Shortly following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Cilluffo was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security. In his capacity as Special Assistant to the President for External Affairs, Cilluffo was responsible for engaging and building partnerships with the private sector, academic, and state and local officials and emergency responders on homeland security policies and initiatives. He was a principal advisor to Tom Ridge and directed the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and its four senior advisory committees. Prior to his White House appointment, Cilluffo spent eight years in senior policy positions with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington based think tank. At CSIS he chaired or directed numerous committees and task forces on homeland defense, counterterrorism, transnational crime, and information warfare and information assurance.

Office: (202) 994-0295

Jack Harrald (National Defense), director of The George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management and professor of engineering management, has been actively engaged in the fields of maritime safety, emergency management, and crisis management, as a researcher in his academic career and as a practitioner during his 22-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has written and published in the fields of crisis management, management science, risk and vulnerability analysis, and maritime safety. Harrald is the co-coordinator of the Corporate Crisis Management Roundtable and is a founding member, director, and president of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS).

Office: (202) 994-7153

John Houston Miller (Liquid Explosives), professor of chemistry, is an expert on combustion and environmental chemistry. He currently is in Germany and therefore unable to make television appearances, but may be contacted via email.

Office: (202) 994-7474

Vahid Motevalli (Aviation Safety), associate professor of engineering and director of the Aviation Institute. He was selected as a Congressional Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science in 1995 - 1996. In 1997, he served as an executive committee member and Safety Track co-chair of the White House Conference on "International Aviation Safety and Security in the 21st Century."

Office: (703) 726-8382,
Cell: (301) 254-9120

Jerrold Post (Terrorism, Intelligence, Osama bin Laden) professor of political psychiatry and international affairs, Dr. Post came to GW after a 21-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency where he founded and directed the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior, an interdisciplinary unit which developed personality profiles of world leaders for summit meetings and crisis situations, and started the US government research program on the psychology of terrorism. A widely published author on terrorist psychology and counter-terrorism, Dr. Post is the co-author of Political Paranoia: the Psychopolitics of Hatred, in which he analyzes “Killing in the Name of God.” He has completed a project interviewing 35 incarcerated Middle East terrorists, focusing on their motivations, attitudes towards mass casualties, and the rationale for suicidal terrorism. He served as an expert witness in the recent trial in federal court of the Osama bin Laden terrorists responsible for the bombing of our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and has interviewed one of the OBL terrorists in depth.

Office : (202) 994-7386
Home: (301) 229-5536

GW Department of Forensic Sciences

Nicholas Lappas, associate professor of forensic sciences, is an expert on toxicology.

Office: (202) 994-1468

Edward Robinson, assistant professor of forensic sciences, is an expert on crime scene investigation.

Office: (202) 994-4279

Walter Rowe, professor of forensic sciences, is an expert on forensic chemistry and biology.

Office: (202) 994-1469

Moses Schanfield, chair and professor of forensic sciences, is an expert on forensic biology / DNA, population genetics, biological anthropology

Office: (202) 994-0588



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