The Defense Threat Reduction Agency: A straightforward name attached to a complex mission with more dimensions than you probably want to think about. Much of the agency’s research is conducted by universities, including N.C. A&T.
Dr. Marwan Bikdash, director of computational science and engineering at N.C. A&T, has conducted multiple research projects for the agency. His latest concerns the survivability of critical infrastructure, such as the highway system, power grid, water supply, and data networks.
“All of these are large networks that form our infrastructure, and they are designed and optimized essentially independent of each other,” Dr. Bikdash says. “However, in a severe situation, they interact in rather unpredictable ways that we don’t fully understand because we typically don’t design them together.”
DTRA features Dr. Bikdash and HBCUs in general in the podcast above, posted last week. DTRA produced the podcast; DORED added the images.
Engineering students are organizing a statewide conference, “Sustainability in Transportation,” to be held Thursday September 26 at N.C. A&T.
The full-day event is targeted to practicing civil engineers and transportation engineers, other professionals, faculty and students. The event is being organized by the A&T student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Students from universities across the state will present their research. Participating schools include N.C. A&T, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
The morning session, “Facility Construction and Maintenance,” will begin at 8:30 a.m. After lunch, the afternoon session, “Design and Planning,” will begin at 1 p.m. Lunch is included in the registration fee, $50 for active members of ASCE and ITE and $60 for nonmembers. Student admission is free.
Professionals will earn three professional development hours for each session.
The conference will be held on campus in Coltrane Hall (building 12 on this map), the Godfrey Room. Parking will be available in the Laurel Street Parking Deck (building 43 on the map).