CTU Southern Colorado Students Participate in the 2012 National Security Innovation Competition

On Friday, April 27 two CTU Southern Colorado students participated in the 2012 National Security Innovation Competition in Colorado Springs.The competition was put on by the National Homeland Defense Foundation. The two students - Kelly Hughes (in CTU’s doctorate in computer science program) and James Hodge (pursuing his bachelor of science in computer systems security), were one of ten teams that were picked as finalists for the competition, which is designed to highlight student research and innovation that's helping to solve our most challenging national security problems.  Hughes and Hodge were picked from 40 overall teams, which included students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), among others.

National Security Innovation CompetitionHughes and Hodge's project included an incident responders personnel accountability (IRPA) tool, which was designed to enable responders and incident commanders to better maintain control of a situation immediately following an accident, especially if communication is lost or inoperable. The tool does this via software that's installed on either a handheld mobile device or tablet, providing actionable information via a lightweight, technical resources that’s visually appealing and cost effective.  The project was overseen by CTU faculty advisor, Dr. Yanzhen Qu.