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Tech Experts To Talk At Counter-Terrorism Conference

SOCORRO, N.M. January 30, 2014 – New Mexico Tech will have two featured speakers at an international conference about counter-terrorism in India in early February.

Vice President of Research Dr. Van Romero and Srinivas Mukkamala, senior scientist at ICASA, will give talks at “India-U.S. Workshop on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism in 2004 and Beyond,” a three-day workshop sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Science.

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Dr. Van Romero is a featured speaker at a counter-terrorism conference in India.
“The National Academy of Science reaches out to the recognized experts in any field,” Romero said. “It’s certainly an honor that the Academy sees New Mexico Tech as one of the leading institutions in this area.”

India has been fertile ground for terrorists in recent years, with the most devastating incident being a days-long incident in Mumbai in 2008.

“Why would the U.S. National Academy of Science be interested in India?” Romero said. “You want to stop terrorism before it enters the United States. By working with countries where terrorism is very prevalent, like India, it’s the best way of preventing terrorist attacks on our soil. We’re keen on learning from Indian government what they’re doing to prevent terrorism and see where we can help them to fill in gaps. How can we jointly prevent terrorism?”

Romero will give two talks – one about the Boston Marathon bombing and the quick response of law enforcement agencies. His second talk will be “Overview of Forensics and Capability Needs.”

Romero said his presentation will compare the investigations of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing with the 2013 Boston attack. He will focus on how technology has changed for investigators, including surveillance, social media and other advances in the intervening 20 years.

“As technology evolves, our ability to do forensics at a crime scene improves,” he said. “But the ability of terrorists improves as well.”

Mukkamala earned his doctorate at New Mexico Tech and is a co-owner of Computational Analysis of and Network Enterprise Solutions, or CAaNES, which is also co-owned by New Mexico Tech. CAaNES is a company headquartered in Albuquerque that specializes in cyber-security, information assurance and network safety. He will present a talk on preventing cyber-terrorism, titled “Understanding Cybersecurity and Related Challenges.”

The conference kicks off Monday, Feb. 3, and culminates Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech