The HSEC program, in partnership with key community, academic, public and private-sector partners, is engaged in several collaborative efforts including projects in bioterrorism defense, port and border security, critical infrastructure, information technologies and communications, and many other relevant Homeland Security issues.
SDSU's applied research projects actively engage public and private sector partners to test/model Homeland Security initiatives for application in communities nationwide as well as with a major focus on international security and sustainability.
We try to involve Homeland Security students in real (and virtual world) events such as the response to natural disasters globally. Many of these efforts are done through the Visualization Center (Viz Center) that also serves as an unofficial locus of activity for the Homeland Security program.
Research is lead by each of the different faculty members in the topics of their individual and collective interests. As an example, efforts in the Viz Center focus on Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief, civilian-military interactions, international relief, wireless and optical networks, data fusion, and visualization. We have a remarkable faculty with an enormous range of interests that can involve people of almost every background and interest. Our international focus and systems approach in particular help in linking people from many backgrounds into common solutions.
Many of our research efforts are aimed at a specific interrelationship of how organizations can generate revenue with the tools, sensors, computing, visualization, and business rules normally associated with Homeland Security, but doing it to make positive revenue and then having security as a by-product. In these days of extremely challenged budgets, finding ways of economically making security possible is a means of providing solutions to organizations who simply can't afford "security". We are working to help organizations see that they can't not afford "security" because it helps fund their organizations.