Purdue Homeland Security Institute

Faculty Directory

J. Eric Dietz

Eric Dietz Title: Director
Phone: (765)494.8130
E-mail: jedietz@purdue.edu

J. Eric Dietz is the Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute and Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University. On loan from Purdue to the State from 2005-2008, Eric was the founding Executive Director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, a new cabinet-level department in Indiana that included over 300 public safety employees. Eric reorganized Indiana's public safety planning and response placing the responsibility for the safety and security of 6.3 million Indiana residents in one organization. In this time, Dr. Dietz led development of comprehensive plans, training, and exercises needed for Indiana's emergency response and had responsibility for the fire protection policy including the states' building inspection functions. Also during this period, Eric led Indiana's response to 7 Presidential Major Disasters and Emergency Declarations which included restoration and recovery of critical infrastructure. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Dietz was responsible for the catalysis of Purdue's homeland security research, increasing the impact of Purdue research on society, and organizing Super Projects in Purdue's Discovery Park. Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2004, Dr. Dietz led Army research and acquisition programs including chemical weapons detectors, command and control software, communications prototypes and army power systems and was in the initial cadre of Uniformed Army Scientists and Engineers. An Indiana native, Eric was graduated in 1984 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology after earning a bachelors of science in chemical engineering. He also earned a master’s of science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1986 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1994 from Purdue University.

D. Randy Black

David Randy Black Title: Associate Director
Phone: (765)494.4373
FAX: (765)496.1239

David R. (Randy) Black, is professor of public health at Purdue University in the Department of Health and Kinesiology and holds adjunct appointments in Health Sciences, Nutrition Sciences, and Nursing. He is Associate Director of the Homeland Security Institute (PHSI). He completed his doctorate degree at Stanford University in Psychology and his Master of Public Health Degree at San Diego State University in Health Promotion and Behavioral Epidemiology. He is fellow of five different health organizations and has received ~40 federal, national, and state awards or recongitions for his contributions to public health. He is a retired Army Colonel and a graduated of the U.S. Army War College. The combination of his public health and military education and training were a natural segue to pandemic influenza. The relationship between public health and homeland security has been symbiotic among administrative units, faculty, and students. Examples of multidisciplinary projects encompass statewide pandemic training exercises and assessments of agency disaster plans; development of simulations to demonstrate the spread of influenza within a school; provision of simple recommendation and “minimal” interventions to prevent, protect, and control the spread of influenza; and promotion of population-based delivery systems, social-media monitoring and survey methods, and military leadership models for public health and disaster preparedness.

Cliff Wojtalewicz

Cliff Wojtalewicz Title: Managing Director
Phone: (765)496.3961   
FAX: (765)494.9781

Cliff is currently the Managing Director for the Purdue Homeland Security Institute with the mission to support the growth of Discovery Park by developing opportunities in the defense and homeland security areas and through support in corporate engagement activities. Cliff's previous assignment before joining the Homeland Security Institute included Deputy Director and Director of Planning for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) from 2005 to 2008. Responsibilities included all Homeland Security operational and strategic planning for the state of Indiana, management of over $150M of federal grant money, and the local support operations for all ten Indiana Homeland Security Districts. Also in this period, Cliff assisted in Indiana's response to 7 Presidential Major Disasters and Emergency Declarations, which included restoration and recovery of critical infrastructure. Prior to his assignment with IDHS, Cliff served over 20 years in the U.S. Army serving at all levels of command from Platoon to echelons above corps. His background included the coordination, planning and operations of large scale voice and digital communications systems in duty locations that included Germany, Hawaii, and Southwest Asia. A veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Cliff also saw combat operations in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service while serving with the 1st Armored Division. His last military duty assignment was as Purdue's Professor of Military Science from 2000-2004 before retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Dave Hankins

Dave Hankins

Title: Senior Project Manager
Phone: (765)494.9816
FAX: (765)494.9781
Email: dhankins@purdue.edu

Dave joined the Purdue Homeland Security Institute (PHSI) team in April 2005 and serves as the Senior Project Manager. As such, he's played major roles in numerous PHSI projects. These include being the lead planner for tabletop and full-scale emergency response exercises for Indiana Homeland Security Districts 3 and 4. These exercises were the first of their kind for these districts and all of them included a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) scenario with the full-scale exercises having 200 participants in District 3 and over 350 participants in District 4. He was also one of our lead planners for our efforts with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) this past year as we developed pandemic influenza tabletop and functional exercises. More recently, he has been a key player in the delivery of ten (10) tabletop exercises, ten (10) functional exercises and a State agency tabletop exercise for pandemic influenza. The tabletop and functional exercises were completed for each of Indiana's Homeland Security districts in the spring and early summer of 2008. Dave has also served as an Adjunct Professor with Aviation Technology in 2005/2006 teaching courses in Air Traffic Control Procedures and Weather, and Air Transportation. Unfortunately, his busy schedule has precluded him from teaching the past two years.
Dave retired from the Air Force in 2002 at the rank of Colonel after serving almost 30 years. He began his career as a navigator flying KC-135's and has almost 2,000 hours, including numerous hours as an Instructor Navigator. His key positions as a colonel included Commander of Purdue's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), serving as the Support Group Commander at Columbus AFB, Ms and serving as the Division Chief for Operations Officer Assignments at the Air Force Personnel Center.

Jefferson F. Howells

Jefferson Howells Title: Assistant Project Director EMHE
Phone: (765)494.9269
FAX: (765)494.9781

I have actively served for over two decades in various public safety professions. Currently, as the Assistant Project Director for the Purdue University Campus Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office, I enjoy simultaneous project responsibilities on the West Lafayette and Calumet campuses forwarding emergency preparedness awareness and academic/operational continuity planning. My primary role and responsibilities are the direct fiscal, resource, personnel, and product management of two Department of Education Emergency Management in Higher Education Grants; "Secure Purdue" for the main campus and "Secure Calumet" for our regional urban campus located in the greater Chicago area of Northwest Indiana. I prepare and deliver emergency preparedness awareness training to the University community, design and administer emergency/disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters on campus and present training courses across the University system to engage students, faculty and staff in the emergency preparedness and emergency response phases. I possess significant on-scene Incident Command experience. I am also an authorized indirect instructor of Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS-300) and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS-400) through the Center for Domestic Preparedness. I also support these instructional activities further by serving as an adjunct instructor for the IDHS District-4 Fire Training Center. In support of my emergency preparedness performance activities, I am an authorized user of the following systems: Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Toolkit (HSEEP), Law Enforcement Online (LEO), Federal Bureau of Investigation InfraGard Members Alliance (IMA) and Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS). U.S. Department of Education, Emergency Management for Higher Education FY2008 - Secure Purdue U.S. Department of Education, Emergency Management for Higher Education FY2010 - Secure Purdue Calumet As the Assistant Project Director, I provided active development and implementation guidance for both project management tasks and products produced to facilitate the attainment of project-specific performance measures.
In addition, I collaborate with and provide guidance and expert advice to staff, administration and faculty in the development and implementation of overall emergency preparedness programming. Gather and disseminate all relevant data to assist in decision making concerning the allocation of resources for emergency management purposes. Plan, schedule, and execute drills and exercises of the plan(s). Design and administer emergency/disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters. Present training courses across the University to engage students, faculty and staff in the emergency preparedness process.

Steve Shelby

Steven Shelby Title: Managing Director SMARTGRID
Phone: (765)494.5952
FAX: (765)494.9781

Steve Shelby is the Managing Director for the Purdue Smart Grid, responsible for supporting the Lead Principal Investigator, developing the strategic and business plans for the institute, and developing long-term partnerships with industry and government agencies.  Steve has been with Purdue since 1996, and has also work in the College of Agriculture and the Central Purdue University Development Office. A graduate of Hanover College, he also holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Charles R. Santerre 

Steven Shelby

Phone: (765) 494.3443 
FAX: (765)494.0674 
Email: santerre@purdue.edu

Dr. Charles R. Santerre is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House and a Professor of Food Toxicology in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. He served as the Interim Head of the School of Health Sciences at Purdue University in 2013 and in 2017-18. In 2014-15, he was selected as a National Academy of Sciences, Jefferson Science Fellow and was hosted by the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research as an Intelligence Analyst. In 2014-17, he was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Food Advisory Committee. In 2010-11, he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Policy Technology Fellow and was sponsored by the USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Science, Risk Assessment Division where he developed and has helped to implement a vision for identifying, measuring, and responding to emerging chemical contaminants in meat and poultry products. He serves or has served as a food safety expert for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Life Sciences Institute of North America (ILSI-NA), and the International Food Information Council (IFIC).  He holds degrees in Human Nutrition (B.S.), and Environmental Toxicology & Food Science (Ph.D.), both from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Purdue University in 1998, he was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Environmental Sciences Program at The Ohio State University and an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Health Science Program and the Interdepartmental Toxicology Program at the University of Georgia (with a Courtesy Appointment in the Institute of Ecology).
His research involves emerging chemical hazards in foods i.e., rapid detection, measuring residues in foods, conducting exposure assessments, assessing bioaccessibility and bioavailability, determining clearance, developing biomarkers, and using predictive models to predict toxicity. His engagement efforts have supported policymakers, regulators, agriculture industry representatives, healthcare professionals, and consumers and helped them to better understand food safety issues. Towards this end, he has delivered over 215 technical presentations (many invited and some internationally) on food biotechnology and food safety. He has worked with mass media in over 300 interviews and has over 22 press releases. He continues to work closely with policymakers and regulators to bring science into the decision making process. 

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