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Gary A. Gordon, Ph.D., P.E., USA(Retired)

Adjunct Faculty


Transportation Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Hazmat Transportation, Emergency Management and Disaster-related Business Continuity/COOP

Research Interests

Critical infrastructure protection

Operational security and infrastructure

Crime prevention through environmental design and security

Emergency management and transportation security

Security and the transportation of hazmat


B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Maryland

M.B.A, University of Massachusetts Lowell


Mr. Gordon is a former Assistant Federal Security Director-Surface responsible rail, transit and intermodal security for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) South Central Region headquartered in Houston, TX. Prior to joining TSA, he was President, CEO and Founder of a multimodal transportation engineering firm in the Northeast and Assistant Chief Engineer Design & Construction of the former B&M Railroad/Guilford Rail. Mr. Gordon has also served in the U.S. Army Reserve retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with assignments with the U.S. Transportation Command, the former Military Traffic Management Command, predecessor of the 1205th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England Division.

Mr. Gordon is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds several professional certifications, to include Military Emergency Management Specialist, the World Safety Organization’s Safety and Security Director (Rail Transit) and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series in Emergency Management. He is a member of many professional and technical organizations, to include ASIS International; American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA), where he chairs a subcommittee on safety and security; Society of American Military Engineers; and The Infrastructure Security Partnership. He has authored papers and made presentations on the topics of rail and transit security and emergency management.

Select Publications, Presentations and Webinars:

  • Gordon, G., “Introduction to Railroad and Transit Security: A Practitioner’s Look”, AREMA Online Seminars, December 2014
  • Gordon, G., “Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) and Rail Transit Project Development”, 2014 AREMA Annual Technical Conference
  • Gordon, G., (2014) “HazMat Routing, ‘Need to Know’ and Security”, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Transportation Policy and Administration, Southern Mississippi Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation, September 2014
  • Gordon, G., “Introducing Security, Infrastructure Protection and Hardening, and System Redundancy into Transportation Facilities Projects”, 2014 Critical Infrastructure Symposium, The Infrastructure Security Partnership
  • Gordon, G., “Fort-to Port Rail Security Initiative”, Tri-Service 2012 Transportation Systems Workshop
  • Gordon, G., “Fixed Facilities and Infrastructure Protection and Passenger Rail and Rail Transit Security”, 2011 AREMA Annual Technical Conference
  • Gordon, G., “Security Regulations and the Planning and Design of Fixed Facilities and Infrastructure”, 2010 AREMA Annual Technical Conference
  • Gordon, G., “Island Transit – History, Design and Impact of Hurricane Ike”, 2009 AREMA Annual Technical Conference
  • Gordon, G. and Secrest, C., “Railroad Security Efforts Post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita”, 2006 AREMA Annual Technical Conference