Center for Defense and Homeland Security Scholars Awarded “Visiting Scientist” Appointments at MIT Lincoln Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Thursday, June 21, 2012
By Public Relations

Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS) is pleased to announce that CDHS Scholar Dr. Neal Wagner has been offered the (summer) position of “Visiting Scientist” at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  On Friday June 22, Wagner will begin his initial assignment in Group 68, the Cyber Systems and Technology Group.

“MIT Lincoln Lab is a strategic partner of the CDHS, and its leadership continues to provide significant guidance in our efforts to prepare the next generation of national security and disaster preparedness workforce,” said Dr. Curtis B. Charles, CDHS Executive Director.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that applies advanced technology to problems of national security.  Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration.

In addition, CDHS Scholar, Dr. Bogdan Czejdo began his appointment on June 4, in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)/Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Education Summer Faculty Research Program.

Czejdo has been assigned to a research project under the direction of John Goodall in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division.  Czejdo’s appointment will be administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and education (ORISE).  Operated by ORAU, ORISE was established by the U.S. Department of Energy to undertake national and international programs in education, training, health, and the environment.

Like Lincoln Lab, officials from ORNL and ORAU have been instrumental partners in guiding the CDHS’s strategic focus on compelling national priorities in STEM education and outreach, disaster preparedness, and cyber security.

According to Charles, the CDHS’s decision to build capacity in cybersecurity by sending Drs. Wagner and Czejdo to Lincoln Lab and ORNL this summer, is directly in line with President Obama’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, which states that, “In order to effectively ensure our continued technical advantage and future cybersecurity, we must develop a technologically-skilled and cyber-savvy workforce and an effective pipeline of future employees.”  The Center for Defense and Homeland Security is committed to be that transformational agent of change for preparing the next generation of national security and disaster management workforce, by addressing issues of compelling priority to the security of the United States, said Charles. 

Wagner is a CDHS Scholar and Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems in the FSU School of Business and Economics. His expertise lies in the field of Computational Intelligence, particularly in the application of bio-inspired techniques such as agent-based modeling and evolu­tionary algorithms for simulation, prediction, and optimization of complex systems.  He has published several articles in international journals, books, and conferences on this topic and has built intelligent systems for applications in the fields of business, management, and economics.  Wagner holds a Ph.D. in Infor­mation Technology and a M.S. in Computer Science both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Czejdo is a CDHS Scholar and a Belk Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology in the Department of mathematics and Computer Science.  He received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees from Warsaw Technical University.  His research focuses on visual languages, databases, knowledge bases, and robotics.  He received funding for many projects in these areas and has more than 150 research publications.  He has served on many editorial boards for journals and on many program committees for prestigious confer­ences.  He has taught a wide range of computer science courses.


Fayetteville State University’s Center for Defense and Homeland Security is designed to prepare the next generation of national security and disaster preparedness workforce, by addressing issues of compelling interest to the security of the United States.  Through its diverse partnerships with national laboratories, industry partners, and K-20 institutions, the CDHS focus its research in Cyber Security; Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR); Chemical and Biological Countermeasures; and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Preparedness.

CDHS Contact:
Dr. Curtis Charles, CDHS Executive Director
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation
Office of the Chancellor
Phone: 910.672.2006

Media contact:
Jeffery M. Womble – ’86
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