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An Article from the February 2003 JOM-e: A Web-Only Supplement to JOM

Todd Stewart is director of the Program for International and Homeland Security at the Ohio State University (OSU). Jim Williams is dean of the College of Engineering and is Honda Professor of Materials at OSU.
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LETTER TO EDITOR

Overview: Homeland Security

The Role of Universities in Homeland Defense

Todd Stewart and Jim Williams

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EDITOR'S NOTE: During the 2002 TMS Fall Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, the symposium Opportunities and Issues in Homeland Security was cosponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International. The speakers' slides from several of the presentations were collected and converted to into portable document format (PDF) files for viewing as this month's JOM-e.

The events of September 11, 2001, have created a heightened interest and need for innovative ways to protect the people of the United States and, concurrently, minimize the degree to which their personal freedom is compromised. Achieving these two objectives simultaneously will require true innovation because new approaches to achieving security will be necessary. This begs the question, how will we meet his challenge and where will this innovation originate? A possibility is that a and major source of non-aligned technical and scientific talent is represented by faculty students in the research universities of this country. Engaging this talent pool in a productive manner to achieve the desired innovation creates some interesting challenges, many of which are nontechnical. Included is handling intellectual properties, restriction on access to sensitive data, and information and the multi-national character of the talent pool at all universities. This talk describes some of these challenges and offers some suggestions regarding ways to proceed.

For more information, contact Todd Stewart, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, 1501 Neil Avenue, Room 112B, Columbus, OH; e-mail stewart.598@osu.edu


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