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  • National Center for Border Security and Immigration

 
  • 500 W. University Ave.
  • Kelly Hall, 203
  • El Paso, Texas 79968
 
Homencbsi@utep.edu
 
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Mission and Goals

The National Center for Border Security and Immigration (NCBSI) is a university-based Center of Excellence (COE) funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) Office of University Programs. The NCBSI at the University of Texas at El Paso assists the Department of Homeland Security and its subordinate agencies in meeting their border security and immigration (BSI) related research, education and science and technology needs.

Funders and Collaborators

As of this year, the NCBSI is funded from a $1.6 Million grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs. This grant is given to DHS Centers of Excellence and is renewable every 5 years. The NCBSI will continue to pursue its core initiatives in order to secure continued funding.

KEYWORDS

  1. Border Security
  2. Border Security and Immigration
  3. Department of Homeland Security
  4. Homeland Security Enterprise
  5. National Security

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  2. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  4. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  5. National Defense & Border Security

CAPABILITIES

Education for Active Stakeholders. As part of its commitment to serving as an integral contributor to our nation’s ongoing BSI-related initiatives, the NCBSI has actively formed crucial partnerships with DHS-related agencies and members of every strata of our law enforcement network (federal, state and local) including CBP, ATF, ICE, Border Patrol, the El Paso Sherriff’s Office and numerous others. Through educational seminars and collaborative projects (responding to specific stakeholder requests) the NCBSI assists our stakeholding agencies through the identification of tactical, social and political areas pertinent to the provenance of our region’s homeland security enterprise.

Education for Prospective and Rising Professionals. The NCBSI is committed to ensuring the continued integrity of our homeland security enterprise network by providing students with the means to develop and explore pre-existing aptitudes in BSI-related fields, thus contributing to forming the future face of our homeland security enterprise. Through educational seminars and programs, the NCBSI connects promising students possessing an expressed interest in BSI-related career fields with agencies and individual stakeholders. Such contact refines the student’s understanding of BSI domains and provides a level of preparation for their potential careers. A sampling of such initiatives (both current and in development) include:
• Homeland Security Summer Scholars Academy
• Online Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and National Security Studies
Additionally, the NCBSI maintains active communication between other DHS Centers of Excellence (COE) located at universities across the nation. This provides students with an inter-collegiate network of resources designed to expose students to further opportunities.

Investigative Research and Inquiry. As the sole DHS Center of Excellence located on the Southwest border, the NCBSI is in a singularly auspicious position where it is able to both leverage its unique location and capitalize on the unparalleled expertise of UTEP faculty in investigative endeavors. The Center actively pools the expertise of a diverse array of individual operators in forming the various modalities of research. In so doing, the Center is able to generate cutting-edge research, training curricula evaluations and high quality educational programming in order to both facilitate our nation’s ongoing efforts in preserving the integrity of our border region and in providing our law enforcements agencies with the educational munitions needed to enhance their abilities in the performance of their duties.

KEYWORDS

  1. Border Security
  2. Border Security and Immigration
  3. Department of Homeland Security
  4. Homeland Security Enterprise
  5. National Security

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  2. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  4. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  5. National Defense & Border Security

MEMBERS

Manjarrez, Vic
Associate Director
Staff
Center/Other Units - Center for Law and Human Behavior

KEYWORDS

  1. Border Security
  2. Border Security and Immigration
  3. Department of Homeland Security
  4. Homeland Security Enterprise
  5. National Security

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  2. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  3. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  4. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  5. National Defense & Border Security

Gallery

As part of its commitment to serving as an integral contributor to our nation’s ongoing BSI (border security and immigration)-related initiatives, the NCBSI has actively formed crucial partnerships with DHS-related agencies and members of every strata of our law enforcement network on a federal, state and local level.

The NCBSI assists our stakeholder agencies through the identification of tactical, social and political areas

In collaboration with the unique expertise of University of Texas at El Paso faculty, the NCBSI performs relevant and cutting-edge research into the needs of homeland security operational components. In order to address the ever-evolving homeland security dynamic, NCBSI research embraces an extensive and diverse array of fields pertinent to the missions of DHS-related agencies.

UTEP professor Dr. Ashley Bangert and a student research assistant conduct neurological investigations as a NCBSI project

The NCBSI is committed to ensuring the continued integrity of our homeland security enterprise network by providing students with the means to develop and explore pre-existing aptitudes in BSI (border security and immigration)-related fields, thus contributing to forming the future face of our homeland security enterprise.

The NCBSI connects promising students possessing expressed interest in BSI-related career fields

As generational advances are made in technology at an almost exponential level, the NCBSI maintains a relevant and active foothold in the digital realm via its own on-site computer laboratory and facilitating further research into the field of cyber-defense and cyber-terrorism (the latter having been the topic of an NCBSI seminar entitled, “Cyber Threats: Crimes, Security, & Critical Infrastructure Protection” conducted on November 14th, 2013).

the NCBSI maintains a relevant and active foothold in the digital realm via its own on-site computer laboratory

As the sole DHS Center of Excellence located on the Southwest border, the NCBSI is in a singularly auspicious position where it is able to both leverage its unique location and capitalize on the unparalleled expertise of University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) faculty in investigative endeavors. UTEP Professor Dr. Heidi Taboada and a student research assistant demonstrate a visual module as part of the NCBSI project, “Development of Optimized Patrol Strategies Based on Detection Capabilities”.

UTEP Professor Dr. Heidi Taboada and a student research assistant demonstrate a visual module as part of a NCBSI project