DHS Centers of Excellence

Stevens Institute of Technology has been designated as a lead institution for one of the recently announced DHS Centers of Excellence:

The Center for Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security, led by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii for maritime and island security and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. for port security, will strengthen maritime domain awareness and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, ports, and remote and extreme environments. Examples include protecting the Alaskan Pipeline and other infrastructure and enhancing response and recovery plans for natural disaster threats like earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Center for Border Security and Immigration, led by the University of Arizona at Tucson and University of Texas at El Paso, will develop technologies, tools, and advanced methods to balance immigration and commerce with effective border security, as well as assess threats and vulnerabilities, improve surveillance and screening, analyze immigration trends, and enhance policy and law enforcement efforts.

The Center for Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response led by Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., will evaluate the risks, costs, and consequences of terrorism, and develop new means and methods to protect the nation, focusing on detecting leave-behind Improvised Explosive Devices, enhancing aviation cargo security, providing next-generation baggage screening, detecting liquid explosives, and enhancing suspicious passenger identification.

Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., will enhance the nation's ability to safeguard populations, properties, and economies as it relates to the consequences of catastrophic natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, droughts, and wildfires. Examples include protecting at-risk infrastructures and populations, enhancing post-catastrophic recovery, improving information sharing and communication, and enhancing critical supply chain resiliency.

National Transportation Security Center of Excellence, led by Texas Southern University in Houston, Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss., and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., will develop new technologies, tools, and advanced methods to defend, protect, and increase the resilience of the nation's multi-modal transportation infrastructure.

Read more about DHS Centers of Excellence at Homeland Security University Programs.