Morgan State Prof Wins Award for Homeland Security Education and Research

Dr. Ahlam Tannouri Commended for Advancing Homeland Security Education in Her Work with Students


Standing next to CCICADA Director Dr. Fred Roberts, Dr. Ahlam Tannouri displays her Morgan State University award for homeland security research and education.

Harnessing the power of big data to predict homeland-security outcomes is a topic the average person—or for that matter the average professor—is not equipped to handle.

But it is precisely her research on this and related homeland-security topics that has won mathematician Dr. Ahlam Tannouri the special faculty award for research and service at Morgan State University.

The award was presented on April 23, 2015, at the 31st annual WBR memorial lecture and Honors Award ceremony. Dr. Fred Roberts, a mathematics professor with Rutgers University and director of the homeland-security research consortium CCICADA, was the invited guest speaker. He gave a lecture on “Mathematics and Planet Earth.”

Some of Tannouri’s work includes Strategies to Deploy Temporary Ambulatory Medical Services in Response of a Catastrophic Event, Modeling the BP Oil Spill, and Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Design Predictive Models. She is currently working on 3D visualization and the impact of global warming on the spread of malaria. She was specially commended for her role in introducing undergraduate students to research areas of interest to CCICADA and supervising their senior projects.

Morgan State University is one of 17 partner institutions that make up the research consortium headed by Roberts. CCICADA stands for the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis. CCICADA uses big-data analytics and mathematical modeling expertise to help develop real-world solutions to homeland security threats. As a DHS University Center of Excellence, CCICADA is also responsible for training the next generation of homeland security experts. Dr. Tannouri has been involved with CCICADA since its inception, playing an important role in CCICADA’s research and educational activities involving Morgan State.

Morgan State is one of five minority serving institutions that are full partners with CCICADA. The others are the City College of New York, Howard University, Texas Southern University, and Tuskegee University.

These partners and other minority serving institutions are involved in CCICADA’s research projects and educational programs. They nominate students for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, encourage students to participate in contests, send faculty to the yearly Reconnect program, send faculty and students to workshops, are summer residents working with CCICADA faculty, participate in tutorials, and experiment with CCICADA education modules in their classrooms.

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