The College of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), with the Nationwide Strategic Analysis Institute on the College of Nebraska, has been awarded a $150,000 contract with U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to streamline and replace database processes to extend efficiencies for the command’s personnel workforce.
From UNO, Dustin White, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, Patricia Meglich, Ph.D., professor of administration, and Benjamin Smith, Ph.D., affiliate professor of economics, are combining their experience in human assets, course of evaluation and knowledge assessments to dive into the 12-month venture and ship a remaining dashboard system to USSTRATCOM by October 2021.
“That is much like one other venture I not too long ago accomplished for USSTRATCOM,” mentioned White, principal investigator for the venture. “The command has this super wealth of knowledge, and they’re always innovating methods to make it extra environment friendly to work with whereas producing extra refined insights and stories. We’re honored they’ve known as on UNO and NSRI once more to assist them on this course of.”
“The command has this super wealth of knowledge, and they’re always innovating methods to make it extra environment friendly to work with whereas producing extra refined insights and stories. We’re honored they’ve known as on UNO and NSRI once more to assist them on this course of.”
– Dustin White, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics and principal investigator
USSTRATCOM personnel whole almost 150,000 throughout the globe, with about 3,500 assigned at Offutt Air Power Base in Omaha, Neb. With army personnel coming from the Military, Navy, Marines, Air Power, and Area Power, in addition to Division of Protection (DOD) civilians, the command wants extra environment friendly methods to handle the knowledge that flows out and in of the personnel databases that help the various groups concerned in its deterrence mission.
After finishing this analysis effort, the USSTRATCOM personnel workforce can have an automatic course of to establish discrepancies within the numerous personnel databases and to share data and supply updates extra effectively than the manually intensive course of used at present.
Meglich brings an in depth background of personal sector human assets administration and enterprise software in addition to educational analysis and educating. She is going to function the subject material professional on the venture to make sure the info is constructed correctly to be used by a HR workforce.
“This venture will ship vital and helpful outcomes to the STRATCOM workforce that may allow them to work extra successfully,” she mentioned. “Engaged on this venture presents me the prospect to assist our companions to do their greatest work — my guiding power for all that I do.”
Smith, who beforehand ran a software program firm, is helping White in constructing the technical elements of the venture. Inside their educational appointments, Smith and White spend their time working to grasp and develop greatest practices, permitting them to be deliberate when growing an answer for a buyer.
“Expertise is a transferring goal — there are at all times new applied sciences out there for builders to strive,” Smith mentioned. “Nevertheless, the easiest way to make the most of a brand new expertise is to implement it in a giant venture the place the brand new expertise is especially acceptable. I’m trying ahead to this chance.”
There are a lot of advantages to any such venture, White mentioned. In the beginning, there’s a sense of grander objective every time he can help USSTRATCOM — serving in a small technique to help the nationwide safety mission of the DOD.
The venture additionally supplies a possibility to problem himself as a researcher and practitioner whereas offering depth to what and the way he teaches his college students who’re the potential future DOD workforce.
“It’s tasks like these that may assist you to construct your experience, meet individuals you wouldn’t in any other case meet and create scholar experiences,” White mentioned. “This work teaches you methods to do issues in a brand new means, a greater means, and methods to widen your world view.”