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Homeland Security selects Stevens Institute of Technology to study port security issues


The US Department of Homeland Security has chosen Stevens Institute of Technology as one of 11 partnering universities that will be undergoing multidisciplinary research to develop innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions, according to NJ Biz.

In this new partnership, Stevens will oversee one of five new Centers for Excellence as well as be given a $10 million federal grant over a five-year period.

Stevens will collaborate with the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in leading the Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Port Security.

The schools will collect research and raise nautical territory awareness to ultimately provision populations and properties unique to the U.S. islands.

The universities will divide their responsibilities according to their individual expertise, with Stevens concentrating on port security and the University of Hawaii focusing on island security.

“Together with our partners, we will break new ground in the integrated use of multi-scale sensors and computer simulation and forecasting models to equip our port security and first-responder communities with the technologies and processes needed to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the MTS, which is responsible for the vast majority of the nation’s international commerce,” said Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of The Schaefer School of Engineering and Science. “True to the Stevens tradition, we will weave these research activities into our education and professional training programs, to ensure that our students are equipped to contribute immediately to the solutions to these very complex problems.”

The September 2014 installment of Biometric Update Special Reports will focus on port security, exploring how improving identity management is the key to tightening security at airports, ports and harbours.

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