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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKSHOP IS OCT. 11

An international authority on disaster mitigation, who recently accepted an endowed professorship at Old Dominion University, will conduct a workshop on critical-infrastructure strategies from 9-11 a.m.Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Adrian V. Gheorghe assumed the Frank Batten Chair of Systems Engineering following two decades of service with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He was director of the Swiss institute's Center of Excellence on Risk and Safety Sciences.

The workshop will explore vulnerabilities, acceptable risks and response planning related to manmade and natural disasters. It is designed for personnel who perform or are responsible for critical services. These service areas include military, police, fire, medical and other emergency responses; road, rail, air and water mobility; telecommunications; banking and insurance; manufacturing; and utilities.

Gheorghe has written extensively about risk management issues, including some pertaining to homeland security, infectious diseases and natural disaster preparedness. He is editor of the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures and the International Journal of Sustainable Development.

His expertise applies to threats that are of special concern in Hampton Roads, including nuclear reactor accidents, oil spills, hurricanes, port security and evacuation planning. Much of his work has focused on interdependence of critical infrastructures.

The workshop is sponsored by ODU's Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center. Jerry Robertson, the center's director, said the $79 cost of the workshop will be waived for anyone from the university community and for some critical-services providers.

For more information about the workshop and registration, call 683-5479.

This article was posted on: October 5, 2006

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