CREATE Research Transition Advisory Committee (RTAC) Weighs in on Homeland Security Research

Tracking hazardous materials and responses to an anthrax attack were among the important topics discussed at the CREATE Research Transition Advisory Committee (RTAC) semiannual meeting in Los Angeles.

The committee, comprised of leaders representing local, state, federal law enforcement, fire, emergency services, elected officials and private sector critical infrastructure came together to examine potential research opportunities and collaboration with CREATE.

“The RTAC provides us with an opportunity to research things we wouldn’t have, with partners we would not have met and the possibility to provide solutions that might not have existed, CREATE’s Director of Transition and Research Dr. Erroll Southers explains.

As a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence, CREATE works to transition scientific research into practice in the Homeland Security Enterprise.

CREATE is currently leading a research effort entitled, the “Visiting Faculty Scholars for DHS S&T Transition and Commercialization Issues." The project is charged with identifying S&T’s methods for improving its technology and knowledge product transition processes.

The inaugural vote for the CREATE Transition Project-of-the-Year will take place in April. The RTAC will decide the recipient and the winner will present the project during the CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism scheduled for August 16-21, 2015. In the interim, the RTAC will continue to engage CREATE in ways the guide white paper proposals for future research, while offering invaluable internship and potential employment opportunities for our graduates.