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(From left) Rockefeller College Associate Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer, Joseph Popcun,
Tina Chang, and Patrick Campion

Rockefeller's T-STeP Fellows — Where Are They Now?

Two years after receiving a $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support its Training for Security and Terrorism Professionals Program (T-SteP), Rockefeller College is proudly graduating its first T-SteP Fellows.

This May, Patrick Campion, Tina Chang and Joseph Popcun will receive their Master of Public Administration Degrees from the University at Albany and, thanks to the rigorous training and preparation they've received through T-SteP, they're already gainfully employed in the field of homeland security.

Patrick Campion, a 2011 UAlbany graduate with a BA in Psychology and minor in Political Science, was an intern for New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES) from August 2011-January 2013.  In addition, Pat completed a summer internship in 2013 at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) in College Park, MD. Pat has been working at E3 Federal Solutions in Washington, D.C. since February 2014. In his role as a program analyst he is supporting security technology programs for a U.S. Government agency.

Tina Chang completed her BA in Asian Humanities at UCLA in 2009 and MA in Criminal Justice at UAlbany in 2012. Tina's has had internships at the National Center for Security and Preparedness at Rockefeller College and in the New York State Executive Chamber. Recently, Tina accepted a position as a program analyst in the Office of Export Control Cooperation (ISN/EEC) in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in Washington, D.C. 

Joseph Popcun earned his BA in International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern Security and Diplomacy from Syracuse University in 2010. While a T-SteP Fellow at Rockefeller, Joe completed an internship in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Office which led to a full-time job offer as an Excelsior Service Fellow in the Executive Chamber.  Joe conducts special research on the Governor's most important initiatives, including public safety, homeland security and risk management issues.

"Rockefeller College taught me the skills necessary to succeed," says Joe Popcun. "Through the faculty research component of the T-SteP Fellowship, I developed analysis techniques that provide new insights into traditional challenges in the public sector. Through conferences, events and trainings, I worked to develop a professional network across the private and public sector. In all respects, T-STeP helped open the door to my career."

T-SteP is a combined education, training and research opportunity administered by the College in partnership with the NYS DHSES. The program is designed to prepare homeland security professionals for two types of long-term employment: as intelligence analysts in local, state or federal service and as social science researchers in the public and private sectors.