National homeland security conference held in College Station

12/16/2004 12:00 AM

TEEX played a key role in the Department of Homeland Security's National Technology Conference Dec. 8-9 at the George Bush Presidential Conference Center in College Station, which was hosted by Texas A&M Engineering. The conference assembled designated technology coordinators from all 50 states and included keynote addresses by the Honorable C. Suzanne Mencer, director of DHS's Office of State and Local Coordination & Preparedness, and Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, vice chancellor and dean of engineering for The Texas A&M University System.

"Texas A&M Engineering is fortunate to be chosen to host this important national event that will help identify future technology needs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security," said Dr. Bennett. "It clearly recognizes Texas A&M's leadership in research and development."

TEEX is part of a Texas A&M Engineering collaborative effort with DHS to develop a program called SAVER, or Systems Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders, that will enable first responders to evaluate homeland security equipment and systems. As part of the conference, TEEX's Bob McKee gave a presentation on the SAVER program's progress in testing emergency response equipment at Disaster City.

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