UH President Khator Appointed to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council
_The council, which is made up of 23 members including college presidents, academic leaders and interagency partners, provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security and the academic community. Since its formation in 2012, members have issued more than 120 recommendations in the areas of academic research and faculty exchange, campus resilience, cybersecurity, international students, DHS academic programs and recruitment of current students and recent graduates. _
_Khator, who will serve a four-year term on the council effective immediately, was selected by DHS based on her expertise in higher education leadership and UH’s leadership in homeland security research. _
UH is the lead institution for the DHS Center of Excellence for Borders, Trade and Immigration Research, awarded in late 2015, and one of only three universities in Texas with dual designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for its educational and research programs in cybersecurity and cyber defense. In addition, DHS has provided the University of Houston funding to conduct research on making biochemical threat detection economically sustainable. DHS has also awarded a grant to UH to develop technology to help protect emergency response systems against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attacks.