The Center for Defense and Homeland Security, will contribute to the development of a more technically qualified 21st century STEM-rich workforce in disciplines critical to the national security functions of the U.S.
In order to keep pace with the workforce demands of emerging technologies to forecast and respond to the mitigation and recovery of natural and man-made catastrophic disasters, the CDHS scholars will join forces with academic and industry partners to enhance and develop programs and capabilities in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the national security functions of the military; develop and enhance human behavior modeling capabilities dedicated to the understanding of critical languages and cultures of local communities, as well as, foreign societies vital to the national security of the US; develop robust mentoring research opportunities for students, including female and underrepresented minorities, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM), in preparation for jobs in the DoD, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Intelligence, and advanced studies.
The CDHS research and development activities will serve as a Homeland Security and Defense knowledge management portal for corporate and Industry partners, other HBCU’s, UNC institutions, and regional and national education partners, and allow the Military, Defense, Homeland Security, and Intelligence industries to have access to FSU’s research equipment – in particular, the latest model of the high-powered "Electron Microprobe" – one of only two such instruments available for public investigation and located on a university campus.
The commercialization of scientific technologies in areas critical to the national security of the U.S. will provide additional sources of revenue for the University, due to the decrease in state funding, as well as increased sources of revenue for local governments as a result of the influx of new businesses related to the relocation of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) to Ft. Bragg.
Finally, the Center for Defense and Homeland Security, will contribute to the development of a more technically qualified 21st century STEM-rich workforce in disciplines critical to the national security functions of the U.S. As such, one goal of the Center is to serve as a starting point for public school students and teachers to learn more about the research focus areas, which include: Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management, Chemical and Biological Countermeasures, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), and Cyber Security Systems. As a part of the vision of the CDHS’ education & outreach arm, customized professional development workshops related to the focus areas will be offered through the School of Education, in partnership with select programs from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business and Economics. These professional learning opportunities for STEM teachers will prescriptively tie the CDHS research with the National Core Curriculum Standards in Math and Language Arts/Science. Prospective CDHS public school outreach projects will include Focus Area Externships (middle- and high-school STEM teachers) to show increased relevancy of concepts, improvement of the academic preparation of 6th – 12th grade students for math- and science-related studies in the 21st century, emphasis on collaborative teamwork, critical thinking, global perspectives, and multi-media communication, and encouragement of students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math; Curriculum Enhancement (3rd – 12th grade) to offer lesson plans for public school teachers in grades 3 through 12. These lesson plans will be aligned to the Common Core Standards. Mentors or CDHS experts will be available for consult on an as-needed basis through the Office of School Services in the School of Education; Out-of-school experiences for girls, underserved minorities and low socio-economic-status (SES) students to drive elementary, middle and high school students towards math, technology, science, and engineering studies by engaging pupils in robotics and similar hands-on investigations aligned to the CDHS focused areas. These studies will be designed to foster a sense of curiosity, research, exploration and accomplishment. The School of Education will support each of the CDHS focus areas in three ways: (1) Developing Effective Teaching Strategies & Professional Development for CDHS, (2) Creating & Modeling Lesson Plans to support 3rd-12thGrade Curriculum related to CDHS, and (3) Directing Pre-service Teacher Research in areas related to CDHS. Focus areas will include Professional Development -develop research experiences and tools that prepare and support public school teachers, professional development professionals, and public school administrators in STEM areas related to (1) Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management, (2) Chemical and Biological Countermeasures, (3) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), and (4) Cyber Security Systems.
The nucleus of the CDHS is its team of interdisciplinary research scholars, that represent disciplines in Computer Science and Mathematics; Sociology; Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Physics; Geography; Criminal Justice; Social Work; Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education; Management Information Systems; Finance, Economics, Entrepreneurship & Marketing/MBA; Emergency Management; and Budgeting. The CDHS team of interdisciplinary research scholars is actively building research capacity in Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management; Chemical & Biological Countermeasures; and Command Control & Interoperability.