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Mitchell D. Erickson, Ph.D.
NYDLA, Chairman of the Advisory Board

Science Advisor
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mitchell D. Erickson facilitates DHS’ Science & Technology activities with other federal, state, tribal and territorial agencies in the Northeast (NJ to ME) and Caribbean (PR and USVI). He works with appropriate organizations in the Northeast to integrate 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 government 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 contribute to help close these homeland security gaps. Several colleagues cover other geographic and technical aspects of this inter agency 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 polychlorinated 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 published 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.

Linda Prudhomme
NYDLA, Advisory Board Member

LP Distance Learning


Linda Prudhomme is a project manager, training professional, and distance learning consultant. Previous positions include; Systems Engineer, Advisory Instructor Developer, Education Analyst at the New York City Department of Education, and Instructional Design Consultant at Skill Dynamics and Citicorp.

As an Advisory Instructor Developer Ms. Prudhomme was a pioneer in the implementation of a distance leaning center at IBM’s Advanced Education Center in NYC. She designed the learning environment, sold management on its benefits, interfaced with vendors and guided developers and instructors in developing best practices.

As instructional designer, Ms. Prudhomme wrote the Training Development Series, a Skill Dynamics publication now out of print. This Train the Trainer series included A Guide to Distance Education Development.

At the New York City Department of Education, Division of Instructional and Information Technology, Ms. Prudhomme served as the liaison between school users and the network engineers, and was the project manager for a major rollout impacting all desktop computers in 1100 schools. She also worked in change management and quality assurance, and designed and implemented an in-house change management system. Whenever she interfaced with management in other divisions Ms. Prudhomme always made a pitch for the benefits of distance education. She recently retired prior to seeing her dream fulfilled of distance learning in many more NYC public schools.

Ms. Prudhomme is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and was instrumental in the formation of The New York Distance Learning Association (NYDLA). She is a member of the American Society for Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Ms. Prudhomme holds a BA in Math Education form the State University of New York as well as certificates from IBM’s Marketing Institute and Systems Research Institute.