UNO partners with DPAA to help identify remains of fallen soldiers
OMAHA,NE(FOX42KPTM)-The UNO's Computer Science Department is partnering with The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Both groups are working together to create a computer system that will help identify human remains.
It takes time, attention to detail and a lot of work, but a lot of families will be helped.
"If I ever had a family member missing I would want people working as hard and fast as they could to identify them," Nicole McElroy said. She's a computer science student at UNO.
The college created a computer system call "CoRA". It's a tool to help pull together identified remains.
"We're looking for roughly 400 individuals to identify," Dr. Franklin Damann. He's the Deputy Laboratory Director of the DPAA at Offutt Airbase.
At first it was a struggle for DPAA. In the past, it's done everything on paper.
"We quickly realize if we're going to do this in a fast way, we need to harness some of the local skills so that brought us to UNO," Damann said.
These body parts are from the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
"My family is military so it kind of hits home in that aspect," McElroy said.
Omaha isn't where this project will stop.
"I believe what we are developing here has application around the world, any commingled remains setting or any mass disaster," Damann said.
Once they fully identify a body, the identification authority will sign off on it. They will then contact the family.