The U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected Stevens Institute of Technology as one of 11 universities to serve as important partners for conducting multi-disciplinary research and creating innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions. These universities will partner to lead one of five new centers of excellence and each will receive a multi-year grant of up to $2 million per year, over a period of four to six years.

The five new centers of excellence, located across the country, will study border security and immigration; explosives detection, mitigation, and response; maritime, island and port security; natural disasters, coastal infrastructure and emergency management; and transportation security.

Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and The University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, will co-lead a new Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Port Security, responsible for conducting research and developing new ways to strengthen maritime domain awareness and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, and remote and extreme environments. Stevens will lead research and education in port security and the University of Hawaii will lead research and education for maritime and island security.

The winning proposal led by Stevens involves other universities including Rutgers University, the University of Miami, MIT, the University of Alaska, and the University of Puerto Rico.