A Dakota State University professor is a partner in a project that recently received funding through the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program. The program awarded 51-million dollars to seventeen projects, programs which will develop and implement graduate education traineeship models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM) fields. The awards will help train the next generation of scientific leaders to develop the skills necessary to tackle complex societal problems.
DSU’s Dr. Ashley Podhradsky is a partner in a project titled “Cyber-Physical-Social System for Understanding and Thwarting the Illicit Economy”. Other partners in Podhradsky’s group include representatives from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota.
Their project is the only STEM-focused graduate-level program focused on anti-counterfeiting.
Podhradsky said about 20 graduate students at DSU, SDSU, the School of Mines and Technology, and USD will be impacted by the five-year, close to three-million dollar grant.