Akshay Pottathil has been actively involved in the global tourism, hospitality, security and trade industry since 2001. He has taught in the College of Sciences, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Arts and Letters. In 2013, Pottathil was honored as “Faculty of the Year” in Homeland Security and granted the second Presidential Leadership Fund Award. His lectures in data fusion and pattern recognition have been offered to Senior Government officials in North America, Europe, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Pottathil is active in the customs and border protection community and serves as co-director of San Diego State University’s Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS), among other academic and non-academic appointments.