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. Established in 2015, 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. Established as a Center of Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the BTI is one of five nationally-recognized centers located at UH. “I follow on from Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris, the founding director of BTI, whose vision established the center together with his team. I am excited by the opportunity, and also by the aims of the center to improve our nation’s security,” said Ambler.
Ambler joined UH last year from the University of South Carolina, where he served as academic director of the Office of Economic Engagement and professor of electrical engineering. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at USC and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Dr. Ambler holds a B.Sc. Degree in Electronics, an M.Sc. Degree in Digital Electronics, and a Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Manchester.