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R1 Event (Providence): Introduction to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

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Introduction to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Chemicals are vital to the economy. They are used to develop medicines, provide refrigeration for food, manufacture fuel for vehicles, and build the microchips that run smartphones. However, in the hands of a terrorist, some chemicals could potentially be weaponized.

Managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, program is a regulation focused on identifying and reducing the risk of certain hazardous chemicals being weaponized at chemical facilities determined to be high-risk by the Agency. CFATS ensures that these facilities have security measures in place that meet five risk-based performance standard guideposts: delay; detection; response; cybersecurity; and security management (covering security plans, policies, and procedures). CFATS is executed by Chemical Security Inspectors (CSIs) located across the country and is supported by compliance analysts, policy experts, and other headquarters elements. Since its inception in 2006, CFATS has become a cornerstone of chemical security—not just domestically, but also as a model to address chemical security internationally.

This virtual talk will provide an overview of the CFATS program, outline the next steps to determine whether CFATS applies to you, and explain how to apply for technical assistance or on-site consultation.

For more information, contact the CFATS Help Desk: 1-866-323-2957


or visit us at

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of Infrastructure Protection
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division

Mail Stop 0610
245 Murray Lane, Building 410
Washington, DC 20528

Date and Time

    • Date: 02 Dec 2020
    • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
    • All times are America/New_York


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Topic: Introduction to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
Time: Dec 2, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Karen Panetta to receive a 2020 MGA Leadership Award

 The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board has announced that Karen Panetta, a Region 1 – Boston Section member, has been awarded the 2020 MGA Leadership award with the citation:

“For outstanding leadership and distinguished service to IEEE by promoting women in engineering and increasing the value of membership by engaging all populations including students, young professionals and life members”

The MGA Leadership awards is presented to recognize those individuals who have exhibited exemplary and substantive leadership of an extraordinary nature in implementing activities that support the goals of MGA at the local, regional, national, and/or international level.

The MGA Leadership Award is presented annually.

CEWIT 2020 Keynote Speaker is Nobel Laureate Prof. Ada Yonath

The 16th International Conference on Emerging Technologies for a Smarter World is taking place virtually on November 5, 2020. Our expert speakers include international professionals from healthcare, machine learning, engineering, information sciences & more. We are also holding numerous medical panels, venture capital sessions, and a talk by Noble Laureate, Ada Yonath, PhD.

Conference Speakers
Ambassador Ido Aharon – NYU, Emerson Rigby Ltd.
James Xiaojiang Du, PhD – Temple University
Kevin Ekyholt, PhD – IBM Research
Moncef Gabboju, MS, PhD – Tampere University
Michael Grace, PhD – Mojo Vision
Song Han, PhD – MIT
Daniel Holewienko – Henry Schein
Arie Kaufman, PhD– Stony Brook University
Anthony Kelly – Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Tong Lui, PhD – Shanghai University
Xuan Lui, PhD – IBM Watson Health
Cecil Lynch, MD, MS – Accenture
Brian Merrill – Deloitte Forensic Data Analytics Practice
Dejan Milojicic, PhD – Hewlett Packard Labs
Sharon Nachman, MD– Stony Brook University Hospital
Satoshi Nagata – NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Nicholas Nilan – Verizon
Kimberly Noel, MD – Stony Brook University Hospital
Huamin Qu, PhD – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Bryan Reimer, PhD – MIT
Jeremy Sohn – Novartis
Milutin Stanacevic, PhD – Stony Brook University
Bruce Swett, PhD – Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
Yair Tauman, PhD – Stony Brook University
Tao Wang, PhD – Peking University
John Whyte, MD, MPH – WebMD
Bin Xiao, PhD – Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Avi Yaron – Healthya Ventures Lab
Ye Zhao, PhD – Kent State University


For more details, please visit: CEWIT Conference 2020

2020 IEEE Region 1 Award Recipients

On behalf of the Region 1 Awards and Recognition Committee, we are pleased to announce the following 2020 IEEE Region 1 Award recipients. 

Congratulations on your remarkable accomplishments!


Qinru Qiu (Syracuse) – Technological Innovation (Academic) Award

For pioneering contributions in stochastic power management and brain-inspired architectures to achieve energy efficient computing    


David S. Wei (New Jersey Coast) – Technological Innovation (Academic) Award

For contributions to information security in wireless and satellite communications and cyber-physical systems    


Mustafa C. Gursoy (Syracuse) – Technological Innovation (Academic) Award

For significant contributions in wireless communications and networking


Martin Ohmacht (Mid-Hudson) – Technological Innovation (Industry or Government) Award

For contributions to the development of high-performance microprocessors and systems


Dong Chen (Mid-Hudson) – Technological Innovation (Industry or Government) Award

For contributions to high-performance networks in supercomputers, including three generations of IBM BlueGene systems    


Honggang Wang (Schenectady) – Technological Innovation (Industry or Government) Award

For industrial innovation on reliability-oriented modeling and control with commercialization to fuel cell, energy storage, and power transmission system    


Ulrich L. Rohde (North Jersey) – Technological Innovation (Industry or Government) Award

For pioneering research and leadership in signal processing


Lauren M. Huie (Mohawk Valley) – Technological Innovation (Industry or Government) Award

For outstanding technical accomplishment and leadership in characterizations of spectrum by establishing a DoD communications framework for all-season, year-round, large-scale measurement campaign    


Ilya Grinberg (Buffalo) – Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE Area of Interest (University or College) Award

For outstanding contributions to education in the power industry


Raymond W. Ptucha (Rochester) – Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE Area of Interest (University or College) Award

For outstanding teaching and graduate course development in Machine Learning and Deep Learning

Habib Ahson (Princeton/Central Jersey) – Outstanding Support for the Mission of the IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and/or Section Award

For sustained contribution and development of Princeton/Central Jersey Section activities

Francis X. O’Connell (Princeton/Central Jersey) – Outstanding Support for the Mission of the IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and/or Section Award

For continued and outstanding service to the Princeton/Central Jersey Section and METSAC

Naresh Chand (North Jersey) – Outstanding Support for the Mission of the IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and/or Section Award

For leadership and sustained contribution to the IEEE North Jersey Section and its Chapters

David T. Clarke (Providence) – Outstanding Support for the Mission of the IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and/or Section Award

For outstanding performance as Event Chair for the dedication of the Milestone Achievement Award to the French Cable Station Museum, Orleans, MA


Katherine G. August (New Jersey Coast) – Outstanding Support for the Mission of the IEEE, MGA, Region 1 and/or Section Award

For role model actions and activities while rejuvenating PACE chapter with wide impact


Vince Socci (Binghamton) – The William Terry Distinguished Service Award

For significant and sustained service and innovative contributions to IEEE that resulted in enhanced membership experiences and opportunities for its members at the Chapter, Section, and Region levels    



Jason K. Hui, Ph.D., PMP

MGA Awards and Recognition Committee Chair