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									                                 MITCHELL D. ERICKSON, Ph. D.

Mitchell D. Erickson, Ph.D.
Director, Northeast Operations
Interagency and First Responder Programs
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
         Mitchell D. Erickson facilitates DHS’ Science & Technology ac-
tivities with other federal, state, tribal and territorial agencies and with
first responders in the Northeast (NJ to ME) and Caribbean (PR and
USVI). He works with appropriate organizations in the Northeast to inte-

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grate vertically among the various organizations and horizontally across
all threats. Dr. Erickson facilitates S&T projects within this region, such
as field tests. He provides a conduit to subject matter experts for govern-
ment homeland security agencies and first responders. He also evaluates current practices that could be
improved by application of new technologies, models, systems, or approaches and where S&T can con-
tribute to help close these homeland security gaps. Several colleagues cover other geographic and tech-
nical aspects of this interagency coordination function.
         Mitchell Erickson has extensive experience in management of technical organizations. From
1996-2007, he held the position of Laboratory Director at Environmental Measurements Laboratory
(EML), U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The laboratory was in the U.S. Department of Energy
until transferred by Congress when DHS was formed in 2003. Beginning in 2002, he led a complex
transfer of EML from DOE to DHS, including both mission and administrative changes. As Laboratory
Director of EML, Dr. Erickson was responsible for strategic planning, technical quality, productivity,
marketing, program development, human resources, budget, and union relations. He was also responsible
for management of external relationships with the nation’s homeland security community and scientific
and professional relationships with numerous national and international institutions.
        He holds a concurrent position as Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational
Health, School of Public Health University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he teaches
Public Health Preparedness I: Agents of Mass Injury or Destruction.
        Dr. Erickson has been responsible for management of research programs. As Associate Director
of Argonne National Laboratory’s Applied Research and Development Program Office, he co-directed a
team that managed a $40M environmental technology development program. He has also been principal
investigator on projects ranging up to several million dollars and dozens of staff.
        Dr. Erickson’s research in environmental science and analytical chemistry has developed novel
technologies, identified sources and fates of pollutants, investigated chemical reaction conditions, and
produced analytical methods. His research has historically emphasized multidisciplinary projects and
tends toward more applied research. Dr. Erickson’s expertise in persistent organic pollutants is sought in a
consulting capacity, specifically in the areas of sampling, analysis, presence, partition, and transport in
environmental, biological, industrial product, and human matrices. Chemicals of interest include poly-
chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), and polychlorinated
dibenzofurans (PCDFs). In 1996 Dr. Erickson received R&D-100 Award and later a “Top 40” Award for
one of the 40 best R&D-100 Awards for the forty years of the awards program and a Federal Laboratory
Council Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
        Dr. Erickson received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1976. He has pub-
lished two books--Analytical Chemistry of PCBs, (1st and 2nd editions) and Remediation of PCB Spills.
Dr. Erickson holds one patent. He is the author of over 150 technical publications and has given over 170
technical presentations.
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