STEM to Serve as a Catalyst for the Advancement of National Security

In an effort to advance and enhance our country’s national security, Fayetteville State University (FSU) has announced the opening of The Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS). CDHS is a new research and development initiative designed to support the mitigation and recovery of natural and man-made catastrophic disasters within the United States.

Through strategic partnerships with industry associates, national laboratories, institutions of higher education, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal, state, and local entities, the CDHS will be engaged in transformational education, research and the commercialization of emerging scientific technologies.  With Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce development as its foundation, the CDHS will focus its research in areas critical to the national security of the United States such as Cyber Security and Information Assurance Technology; Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR); Chemical and Biological Countermeasures; and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management.

Experts have stated that initiatives such as the CDHS and related research are critical elements in enhancing the STEM fields.  Failure to progress in these areas not only affects this country’s way of life, but also places its national security in jeopardy.

“The Center for Defense and Homeland Security at Fayetteville State incorporates 18 faculty (predominantly from STEM disciplines), the University’s Budget Director, and the University Emergency Management Director.  Our objective is to develop a STEM-rich workforce that’s engaged in the actual application of science,” said Dr. Curtis B. Charles, interim director of the center and graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  “To that end, STEM (K-20) workforce-pipeline development is the foundation upon which the center functions. Consequently, students engaged in interdisciplinary research in the CDHS will gain practical experiences in Cyber and Information Assurance Technologies; C4ISR; Critical Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management; and Biological and Chemical Counter measures.”

These strategic partnerships also include work with local public school systems.  FSU’s Teacher Education Center for Defense and Homeland Security team has already conducted a 10-hour professional development workshop for 15 Cumberland County School System Middle School Math teachers using data-sets from research generated by CDHS scholars.  During this fall and next spring, this team will administer similar professional development workshops to STEM teachers in another 10 counties.

A constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina.  With nearly 6,000 students, it offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For more information about the CDHS, click on the following link: or call (910) 672-2247.