The Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute, led by the University of Houston, conducts and transitions research, develops innovative solutions, and provides education that enhances the nation's ability to secure the borders, facilitate legitimate trade and travel, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system.
Weidong "Larry" Shi, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Houston, spoke during the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute Brown Bag at the University of Houston February 27, 2019. Shi currently focuses on enabling system technologies for services.
Slavery still exists today in the form of forced labor and forced sexual exploitation collectively referred to as human trafficking. There are an estimated 24.9 million victims in modern slavery according to a 2017 report from the International Labor Organization.
Three cadets from the United States Coast Guard and one cadet from the United States Military Academy at West Point participated in the BTI Institute's 2018 Homeland Security Summer Internship program located at the University of Houston June to July 2018.
When you set some of the brightest minds in academia to solving national security challenges, the results are innovative solutions that equip operators and inform policy makers.
Tony Ambler, dean of the UH College of Technology, has been appointed to serve as principal investigator and director of the UH Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute.
It is about the people as much as it is about the technology, said Luis Torres, Ph.D., research committee member and a BTI Institute co-founder.
WHAT WE DO
Through a multi-disciplinary team of national and international experts, the Institute delivers transformational technology-driven solutions, data-informed policies, workforce development opportunities for today's Homeland Security Enterprise, and trans-disciplinary education for the next generation of homeland security experts.
Our aim is to 1) support current members of the Homeland Security Enterprise through training, seminars and workshops and 2) establish a pathway for post-secondary students to pursue a career path into the HSE. Find out more about our current initiatives.
The team is comprised of professional staff, our research committee members, and our external advisory board.
Our mission is accomplished through a consortium of partners including academic researchers, industry leaders, and government organizations.
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The DHS S&T Centers of Excellence (COEs) develop multidisciplinary, customer-driven, homeland security science and technology solutions and help train the next generation of homeland security experts.