Security is a Family Affair at Eastern Kentucky University
On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Mr. Steve Hamm, the UPS Supply Chain Solutions™ Director of Security for North America provided two presentations to the students in Eastern Kentucky University’s Homeland Security Program. During his morning presentation, Mr. Hamm spoke to the HLS 301 Critical Infrastructure course on the subject of critical infrastructure with a focus on the transportation and healthcare and public health sectors. Given the fact that UPS is a multi-billion dollar company with over 400,000 employees worldwide, it should come as no surprise that the company interacts with homeland security issues and officials on a daily basis. Mr. Hamm provided publically released examples of how UPS protects their infrastructure and assets and continues to thrive as a leader in their field.
Mr. Hamm’s second presentation was on the constantly evolving field of security technologies. The audience for this presentation was the HLS 441 Homeland Security Technology course. During the presentation, examples of security technologies were provided based on current UPS facilities and practices. Homeland Security senior Kayla Matola noted, “These types of presentations make me excited to learn more about “real world” applications and assure me that my selected major / career path was the right decision.” In sum, over 80 students were able to participate in Mr. Hamm’s discussions, included one student who was very familiar with the speaker.
Mitchell Hamm, Steve’s son, is a senior Homeland Security major who will graduate in May of 2015. After speaking about career interests on day, Mitchell noted his father’s occupation and then helped schedule his presentation at the College of Justice and Safety. The ability to bring in guest speakers such as Mr. Hamm allows EKU students the opportunity to understand the limitless possibilities that await them after graduation. However, it also helps them reflect on what they need to do before they graduate to help them become more employable when graduation does occur.
Dr. Ryan Baggett, Homeland Security Program Coordinator
Published on October 01, 2014