About ICASA

The Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis (ICASA) is a cooperative alliance among academia, industry, and government. ICASA’s basic research focus is to understand the additive effects—or unintended consequences—of efficient design in interdependent groups of systems. Research is pursued through the following strategic thrusts: conducting basic research on complex additive systems, applying research to real-world problems in the private and public sectors, developing key enabling technologies, and establishing training and education programs. The Institute’s research is characterized by the study of dynamical systems, control theory, mathematical physics, and economics using the tools of theoretical analysis, modeling, and simulation.

The primary function and goal of ICASA is to assist and encourage the training and education of future analysts, scientists, and engineers in conjunction with the formal degree programs at New Mexico Tech (NMT). In 2001, The NMT Information Technology (IT) program—jointly managed by the computer science and management departments—became the first integrated program. This program combines elements of the computer science, engineering, and management departments. Since 2002, the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have recognized the IT program as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education, and as of 2009, a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Research.


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