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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