Transcript of "StevensViews DHS Center of Excellence"
US Department of Homeland Security selectsStevens Institute of Technology to lead nationalresearch effort in Port SecurityT he US Department of Homeland Security has announced the selection of Stevens Institute of Technology as one of 11 universities to serve asimportant partners for conducting multi-disciplinaryresearch and creating innovative learning environmentsfor critical homeland security missions. These universitieswill partner to lead one of five new Centers of Excellenceand each will receive a multi-year grant of up to $2 mil-lion per year, over a period of four to six years.The five new Centers of Excellence, located tire team at Stevens who have achieved this The winning proposal led by Stevens in-across the country, will study border security recognition, and who will make significant volves other universities including Rutgersand immigration; explosives detection, contributions to research that will benefit University, the University of Miami, MIT,mitigation, and response; maritime, island the nation’s maritime and port security infra- the University of Alaska, and the Universityand port security; natural disasters, coastal structure,” said Stevens’ Provost & Uni- of Puerto Rico.infrastructure and emergency management; versity Vice President, George P. Korfiatis.and transportation security. “This recognition is the “We look forward to initiating a range of result of a highly selec- leading-edge research projects to address theStevens in Hoboken, N.J., This recognition is tive national competition complex security issues facing our nation’sand The University of Ha- the result of a highly among research universi- ports and Marine Transportation Systemwaii in Honolulu , Hawaii, ties. Stevens’ long history of (MTS),” said Dr. Bruno. “Together withwill co-lead a new Center selective national maritime engineering and our partners, we will break new ground inof Excellence for Maritime, competition among pre-eminence in the realm the integrated use of multi-scale sensorsIsland and Port Security, of port and harbor security and computer simulation and forecastingresponsible for conducting research universities. will guarantee for years models to equip our port security and first-research and developing to come a steady flow of responder communities with the technolo-new ways to strengthen maritime domain technology advances of national significance gies and processes needed to ensure the safeawareness and safeguard populations and as part of the DHS program.” and efficient operation of the MTS, whichproperties unique to US islands, and remote is responsible for the vast majority of theand extreme environments. Stevens will “Investments in long-term, basic research nation’s international commerce. True tolead research and education in port secu- are vital for the future of homeland secu- the Stevens tradition, we will weave theserity and the University of Hawaii will lead rity,” said Jay M. Cohen, Under Secretary research activities into our education andresearch and education for maritime and for Science and Technology. “These colleges professional training programs, to ensureisland security. and universities are leaders in their fields of that our students are equipped to contribute study. They will provide scientific expertise, immediately to the solutions to these very“Congratulations to the Dean of Engineer- high-quality resources, and independent complex problems.”ing & Science Michael S. Bruno and the en- thought – all valuable to securing America.” StevensNewsService.com/Views