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Timothy P. Alben was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police on May 7, 1983. Over the following three decades, Alben rose through the ranks, culminating with his appointment to the department’s top position of Colonel/Superintendent on July 13, 2012. Over his career, Alben served as Commander of the Division of Field Services; Commander of the Tactical Operations Section; Deputy Division Commander of the Division of Standards & Training; and spent 16 years as an investigator with the department’s Division of Investigative Services. Read More
Timothy P. Alben was appointed to the Massachusetts State Police on May 7, 1983. Over the following three decades, Alben rose through the ranks, culminating with his appointment to the department’s top position of Colonel/Superintendent on July 13, 2012. Over his career, Alben served as Commander of the Division of Field Services; Commander of the Tactical Operations Section; Deputy Division Commander of the Division of Standards & Training; and spent 16 years as an investigator with the department’s Division of Investigative Services.
On April 15, 2013, working with local and federal law enforcement partners, Alben lead the Massachusetts State Police response and investigation into the deadly bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
After 32 years of service, Mr. Alben retired from the state police in July of 2015. He currently operates a security and law enforcement consulting business.
Mr. Alben holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University; a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University; and a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School – Monterey, California. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
George Akst received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in functional analysis under Neal Rothman. He then went on to teach at the University level for the next five years before switching fields to military operations research. For the following 19 years, he was a researcher at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) in northern Virginia, working predominantly on Marine Corps problems. This included a two-year deployment to Headquarters of the Fleet Marine Corps, Pacific, in Hawaii.
After working indirectly for the Marine Corps, George then moved over to work directly for the Marine Corps as a Federal employee at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia. He started out as the Deputy Director of their small operations analysis group, and as that grew into the 70-person Operations Analysis Directorate, he was promoted into the senior ranks and became the director until his retirement in 2019. During that time, he earned both the Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards.
Patricia has been with the Australian Department of Defence at the Defence Science and Technology Group for over 20 years. With a background in the physical sciences and spectroscopy, she has spent her Defence career in Operations Research and Analysis with the majority of her time in qualitative and judgement based OR&A specializing in futures research. This has led to her developing strong skills in the Adaptive Red Teaming capability at DSTG and working towards educating others in this domain. Having undertaken OR with a focus on the Land Domain, she has spent the last few years bringing together a strong OR&A background, and passions for Red Teaming, Futures and emerging technologies and the methods used to explore these, working as part of a team undertaking Technology Foresight for Australian Defence and national security.
Ms. Colleen Keller Sterling is an Operations Research Analyst at Metron, Inc., a DoD consulting firm specializing in mathematical software applications to real-world problems. Colleen became involved in search analysis starting with the search for missing aviator Steve Fossett in 2006; she produced probability maps to guide search efforts for the Fossett family and friends. Colleen was subsequently part of the Metron team that performed probability mapping for the French government in the 2009 search for Air France 447, and she was a Metron spokesperson for the MH370 searches in 2014. She led the development and fielding of Metron’s Search and Rescue Smartphone App SARApp, which supports documentation and real-time situational awareness of field search operations, and is a founding member of the all-volunteer Missing Aircraft Search Team (MAST) which tackles cold cases of missing aircraft. She is a 3,500-hour instrument- and commercial-rated private pilot and FAA-certified A&P/IA mechanic, and a Civilian Volunteer to the San Diego Sheriff Department’s Aero Unit. Colleen holds a B.A. in Physics from Dartmouth College and a M.S. degree in Applied Physics from The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. She joined Metron in 1995 after an 8-year career at the Center for Naval Analyses.