Aerospace/Defense/Homeland Security

At the UA, our scientists are dedicated to protecting the United States. Research endeavors that focus on homeland security, defense, and aerospace permeate all corners of the institution, ensuring that we meet the strategic needs of our country. Technological innovation and research in cyber security, anti-terrorism, and aerospace and space engineering solidify the UA’s leadership and commitment to solving vital problems on behalf of our citizens.

Core Competencies:

  • Cyber Security
  • Anti-terrorism Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Energy and Fuel Efficiency
  • New Materials
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • Computational Linguistics

Cutting-edge aerospace research is conducted at the University of Arizona, primarily in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. nineteen research laboratories focus on such vital topics as fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, energy and fuel cell efficiency, mechanical characterization of materials, and space engineering. The department also oversees the Rocket Laboratory which develops propellants for space. Current research delves into hybrids, safe oxidizers, and environmentally benign exhaust products. This lab, among others in the department, is often utilized by industry partners such as Raytheon Missile Systems. UA researchers also pursue interdisciplinary projects that seek to apply aerospace innovations to biomedical engineering endeavors.

In the Eller College’s top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems, faculty and students conduct research in artificial intelligence (AI) supported by grants from such large organizations as the US Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. Their research in adaptation and development of scalable and practical artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, and visualization techniques have generated commercial products used by law enforcement agencies. The COPLINK System is one example. Dubbed “google for cops”, this software program provides cross-jurisdictional information sharing, analysis, visualization and research for the law enforcement and intelligence community for border and national security.

UA researchers are also using their knowledge of AI to combat terrorism. The UA Dark Web Project is a scientific program designed to study and understand international terrorism phenomena via a computational, data-centric approach. In addition, MIS professors developed the Terrorism Knowledge Portal, a search engine specifically for terrorism research.