One of many such programs was Na Kamalei-K.E.E.P.
Executive Director N. Nalani Mattox-Primacio explained the
impact of Rowland’s students: “We are blessed to
have had your professional and committed students looking out
for our interests. Our families now have a better exposure
to program information, critical referral services, and key
On a larger scale, HPU is also researching and creating an
innovative software system to help battle cyber-terrorism.
Faculty and students
in the College of Professional Studies have been asked to create
a Casualty Tracking System (CTS) that would be part of the state
of Hawai‘i’s Emergency Medical Response System.
Using optical scanning and mobile communications technologies,
the CTS gathers information at the site of a biological, chemical
or other terrorist attack. That information (e.g. patient ID,
nature of injury, geographic location) is transmitted wirelessly
to hospitals, clinics, emergency medical technicians, and the
state’s medical command center. The system also automatically
updates as each patient is moved or treated so that statewide
officials can determine where to send mobile emergency response
teams. Both Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control
will then use the system’s analysis and reporting capabilities
to shape strategic responses.
This effort is being headed by Dr. Richard Nicklas, assistant
professor of information systems, and Mr. Nitin Nagar, a graduate
student in the MSISP program. Their preliminary research has
been eagerly received by key agencies who are enthusiastic
about the cutting-edge nature of their work. Before they
development team will not only have created sophisticated software
systems but also contributed significantly to the body of knowledge
surrounding the dynamics of cataclysmic events. Whether small
project or large, local or national partner, HPU is proud to
be a good neighbor.