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Course Overview

This course will establish a methodology for assessing how an emerging technology may influence homeland security and society as a whole.   

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply a methodology for assessing the potential beneficial and disruptive applications of emerging technologies, especially as they relate to homeland security
  • Provide awareness of several emerging technologies and their implications for homeland security 

Module 1: Using the “Push and Pull” Methodology to Assess Emerging Technology

About the Instructor


Rocco Casagrande, PhD, is a biochemist by training who has studied security issues posed by advancing technologies for more than 20 years and has established several new risk assessment methodologies in the process.

Rocco was the principal investigator of the risk assessment guiding construction and operations requirements for the U.S.’s only laboratory that can study highly transmissible diseases in large animals and was the principal investigator of the risk and benefit assessment of research on modified transmissible human pathogens that informed the U.S. government’s first ever pause on biological research. Rocco designed the U.S.’s biosecurity guidelines for the synthetic biology industry that are still in use today.

Additionally, Rocco has been working with CHDS since 2004 as a subject matter expert and guest lecturer for various executive education offerings.  

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