Impacts

CREATE’s in-house and affiliated faculty are leaders in the field of decision analysis, risk assessment, economic consequence analysis, benefit-cost analysis, resilience, game theory, operations research, and risk management.  Our many activities have thus yielded many important impacts. 

The multi-disciplinary environment at CREATE has fostered collaboration of researchers from a diverse array of disciplines to tackle some of the most vexing and challenging socio-technical problems of the 21st Century.  Our cutting-edge basic research serves as a foundation for further advances throughout the broader research community

CREATE’s applied research has yielded important results.  This includes a definitive estimate of the economic impacts of the September 11 World Trade Center Attacks, estimates of the deterrence effects of various terrorism countermeasures strategies and technologies, estimates of the cost-effectiveness of several resilience tactics for coping with natural disasters, the design of a deductible/credit system for the FEMA Public Assistance program, and measuring behavioral responses to terrorism.

CREATE’s research has been applied to solving many real-world problems.  Our research on security games has led to the lowering of the cost of protecting critical assets by optimized random patroling.  Research on estimating the economic impacts of reducing wait times at land-border crossings and airports has led to significantly higher congressional appropriations to recruit and train more US Customs and Border Protection officers.   CREATE researchers have also helped in the development of counter-terrorism strategies and in the assessment of new technologies and institutions.  Examples include the areas of deterrence, mitigation, warning systems, and resilience tactics.

In terms of education, CREATE has trained and nurtured many in the next generation of researchers and practitioners across multiple research disciplines.  We have provided one-on-one mentoring to individual undergrads, graduate students, post-docs and junior faculty, which has enabled them to thrive in their careers.  Our researchers have also mentored others at national laboratories and other universities.

CREATE has supported the establishment of degree programs in homeland security at USC and other universities.  We have also developed and operated a very successful Executive Education Program as well.  CREATE has contributed extensive service in terms of its researchers serving on National Research Council panels, quality assurance panels, and government advisory boards at all levels, as well as advising public and private sector decision-makers and prominent institutions, such as the United Nations and World Bank.

CREATE researchers are also frequently sought out by the media for comment on a broad range of topics.  CREATE’s affiliates contribute to their professions in many ways, such as journal editorial appointments, serving as officers of professional associations, and external reviewers of programs and faculty at leading research universities and other institutions.

These various accomplishments and their impacts have been recognized extensively by the continuous demands for our contributions and the many awards and accolades many members of the CREATE team have received.