Dr. Ruth David
"Sustainable Solutions for Homeland Security"
Presented Thursday, May 15, 2003
4:30 p.m. - Fiedler Hall Auditorium
Dr. Ruth A. David is President and Chief Executive Officer of ANSER, an independent, nonprofit public service research institute that provides research and analysis support on national and transnational issues. In November 1999, Dr. David initiated ANSER's Homeland Defense Strategic Thrust to address the growing national concern of multi-dimensional, asymmetric threats from rogue nations, sub-state terrorist groups, and domestic terrorists. In May 2001, the ANSER Institute of Homeland Security was established to enhance public awareness and education and contribute to the dialog on a national, state, and local level.
Dr. David is a Member of the Corporation for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., and serves on the National Security Agency Advisory Board, the National Research Council Naval Studies Board, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Technical Advisory Group. She previously served on the Defense Science Board, the Department of Energy Nonproliferation and National Security Advisory Committee and the Securities and Exchange Commission Technical Advisory Group. As the former Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Central Intelligence Agency, Dr. David was responsible for research, development, and deployment of technologies in support of all phases of the intelligence process. She also represented the CIA on numerous national committees and advisory bodies, including the National Science and Technology Council and the Committee on National Security. Prior to joining the CIA, Dr. David spent 20 years in technical staff and leadership positions at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University, and her Masters and Doctoral degrees, also in Electrical Engineering, from Stanford University. She is a former adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and coauthor of three technical reference books as well as numerous published papers.