DHS Selects Northeastern University to Lead Center of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments Against Targeted Attacks

The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the selection of Northeastern University to lead a consortium of US academic institutions and other partners for a new center of excellence for the engineering of secure environments against targeted attacks (ESE). S&T will provide ESE with a grant of $ 3.6 million for its first year of operation of a ten-year grant period.

“The research and development of scientific and technological solutions to combat emerging threats is a top priority for DHS, and I look forward to continuing this important work in partnership with Northeastern University,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas . “The new center of excellence will provide better access to high quality research and education resources, led by universities, for the ministry and the entire homeland security enterprise, while training the next generation.” our nation’s homeland security leaders.

Each Center of Excellence is led by a US college or university in partnership with other academic institutions, industry, national laboratories, and other federally funded research and development centers. In addition, the centers of excellence are associated with other federal agencies; state, local and tribal governments; non-profit; and first responder organizations.

“ESE’s research program will foster a culture of ‘security by design’ to incorporate new concepts, technologies and engineering design capabilities to detect, deter, mitigate and respond to targeted attacks.” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, a senior official serving as Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “By partnering with universities, S&T offers innovative, practical, multidisciplinary and customer-centric solutions.

The ESE research portfolio brings together the best from across the country to ensure that DHS’s counterterrorism capabilities keep pace with new or emerging threats. This includes using the latest tools, technologies and safeguards to secure environments that are easily accessible to large numbers of people, such as crowded spaces and places of public transportation. One of the cornerstones of SEA is the training and continuing education of the leading workforce on the latest methods to identify and protect the nation from terrorist threats.

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