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Bush School Students Undertake Research Project for FBI

November 03, 2016

FBI capstone in front of the FBI headquarters in Houston

 

Master of Public Service and Administration students from the Bush School traveled to the FBI office in Houston to begin work on a capstone project. The team briefed their concept of research and then conducted a question and answer session with intelligence analysts and special agents as part of their joint project with the Bureau.

The team’s research question is: “What model can identify open source data that can help forecast the threat actors of the future?”

In pursuit of answers to the question the students have divided into three teams: one to study population shifts (demographics); one to study industry (Port of Houston and oil and gas); and one to study technology (virtual currency and cryptography).

Through their research the team will provide data to the FBI office to determine the possible effects changes in the area’s population, industry and technology are likely to have over the next five years.