Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Goals and Objectives

In support of the mission of DHS, the overarching goal of this proposal is to prepare

undergraduate students for the emerging field of engineering (Security Engineering) related to

DHS operations. In-line with this goal, the objectives of the proposal are:

● Develop a multidisciplinary undergraduate minor program and certificate program in

  engineering focusing on Security Engineering.

● Collaborate with the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), one of DHS’s Centers of

  Excellence, to promote DHS-related research for undergraduate students.

● Equip students, who will be issued a certificate in Security Engineering, with technical

  knowledge and experience in the areas of DHS-related operations.

● Recruit minority undergraduate students into Security Engineering minor.

● Closely collaborate with DHS Training Centers, Coast Guard, and Federal Emergency

  Management Agency (FEMA), as well as commercial companies who work on DHS

  related technology and systems such as Boeing, Raytheon, etc. to meet the needs of

  technical workforce in addition to continuously improving program outcomes and

  providing internship and student career placement.

● Developing a multi-domain real-time simulation system for analyzing and optimizing the

  homeland security related events using information generated from image and data


● Develop techniques to enhance the images for feature extraction and image data mining.


 The project is expected to result in the following significant outcomes:

● A lasting change on the engineering discipline at TAMUK by establishing a

  Minor/Certificate program in Security Engineering.

● Attracting more Hispanics students to the minor in Security Engineering program. Since

  TAMUK is a Hispanic Serving Institution and the South Texas area is predominantly

  Hispanic, this project will also have a lasting impact for underrepresented students.

● Undergraduate students with different backgrounds will graduate from this minor

  program due to the multidisciplinary nature of the program integrated with research

  opportunities at UTEP.

● More engineering students of Hispanic descent will be graduating with technical

  knowledge and experience on Security Engineering.

● Through internships, summer research, and visits with CBP Air and Marine Operating

  Locations, Coast Guard, UTEP, and FEMA, better hands-on skills will be attained by


● Enhanced career placement opportunities in security engineering for minority students

  through internships/summer research at UTEP, national labs, DHS centers, and related


● Initiation, fostering and development of young investigators faculty research

  collaborations DHS COEs as well as DHS operations sites.

● Improved faculty teaching effectiveness through the preparation of the fundamental

  security engineering course materials, interacting with students during lectures, and by

  exchanging educational and scientific ideas and approaches with DHS COE at UTEP.

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