Conclusion: Perspectives on Effective Collaborative STEM Research Experiences Linked to DHS Centers of Excellence (COE)

Conclusion: Perspectives on Effective Collaborative STEM Research Experiences Linked to DHS Centers of Excellence (COE)

Kevin A. Peters (Morgan State University, USA), Cecelia Wright Brown (University of Baltimore, USA) and Kofi Nyarko (Morgan State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5946-9.ch012

Abstract

The previous chapters in this book demonstrate how collaborative research linked to DHS Centers for Excellence support the overall mission of DHS, while at the same time support research by faculty and students at institutions of higher education. The value added and success of these programs highlight the importance of developing effective partnerships that can lead to quality research experiences for faculty, students, and teachers. In addition, the research highlighted stresses the importance of developing a strong workforce that begins long before students make the transition to institutions of higher learning. It is important that early career faculty researchers, experienced researchers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students understand DHS research priority areas that can effectively support the overall mission of DHS. The collaborative research that is linked to other federal and state agencies is important in addressing complex security issues that have an impact on the general public.
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Case 1: The Challenges of Obtaining Credible Data for Transportation Security Modeling

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of 9/11 to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. This case was a direct link to transportation security and focused on the National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE) was established to develop new approaches to defend, protect, and increase the resilience of the nation’s multi-modal transportation infrastructure, and to create education and training programs for transportation security. The authors of this chapter presented a clear vision of future challenges while developing models to address critical problems associated with transportation security. The Center for Transportation Safety, Security, and Risk (CTSSR) at Rutgers University, an NTSCOE institution, developed models that address multi-modal resilience of freight and transit transportation networks. Data collection processes for each project presented significant hurdles for the research team in developing credible and accurate modeling tools. For any given data need, the potential exists for data gaps, collection and processing errors, publication and use restrictions, and the need to obtain the most timely information. These challenges must be foreseen by researchers and practitioners in order to better accommodate potential restrictions on both data collection and dissemination while still providing users with a tool that improves decision making.

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