Nearly $1.8 million in follow-on funding went out to 18 project teams from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to go toward extending their 2023 Summer Research Team (SRT) Program projects related to security programs.

“We are thrilled to support these teams as they continue their vital contributions to homeland security,” said Rebecca Medina, director of the Office of University Programs for the Department of Homeland Security. “DHS takes pride in investing in research capacity development at MSIs.”

SRT follow-on funding is overseen by DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) and offers summer research opportunities to research teams comprised of students and early career faculty members affiliated with MSIs in the United States and its territories.

Each team ended up chosen based on their excellence in research, innovative ideas, leadership qualities and dedication to advancing homeland security-focused research. Faculty and students at these institutions collaborated with S&T-supported Centers of Excellence to create Homeland Security course content and actively participated in research addressing the complex challenges confronting DHS.

The 2023 SRT Teams, include:

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Arizona State University, Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS) Chemical and Biological Defense: Detecting, Protecting Against, Responding to, and Recovering from Chemical and Biological Incidents. Dr. Kenan Song.

Elizabeth City State University, Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) How the Technology of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS’s) Can Best be Utilized Toward Creating More Resilient Communities. Dr. Kevin Kupietz.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS) Evaluating Feasibility of Enforcing ESG compliance Using Verifiable Credentials. Dr. Shweta Jain.

Morgan State University, Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) Enhancing Decision-Making for Combatting Sex Trafficking: A Markov Decision Process Approach. Dr. Isabella Kemajou-Brown.

New York City College of Technology, The City University of New York, Center for Accelerated Operational Efficiency (CAOE) Economical Impact of COVID-19 and Optimal Vaccination Distribution at County Level in the U.S. Dr. Huseyin Yuce.

North Carolina Central University, Soft Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality (SENTRY) Development of Numerical Analysis for Physics of Nano-sensing and Chemistry of Nitrate Esters. Dr. Igor Filikhin.

Prairie View A&M, Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS) Development of a High Sensitivity Low-Cost Assay for the Efficient Detection of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Imported Seafood. Dr. Harshica Fernando.

Southern University and A&M College, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) Using Modular Microgrids and DC Nanogrids to Provide Emergency Service in the Aftermath of Extreme Events. Dr. Radian Belu.

Tennessee State University, Soft Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality (SENTRY) Modeling Stochastic Event Detection and Quantization for Catastrophe Prevention. Dr. Mohammad Habibi.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) Scaleup Material Allied to Research and Training in Latent Fingerprint using Artificial Intelligence Tutor/Assistant (SMART LIFT). Dr. Sajid Liu.

Texas Tech University, Center for Accelerated Operational Efficiency (CAOE) Personal Drone-Assisted Privacy Preserving Strategies for Enhancing Cyber-Aerial Security and Border Protection. Dr. Sunho Lim.

University of Central Florida, National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology and Education Center (NCITE) Characterization of Violent Speech in Online Discourse. Dr. Adan Vela.

University of New Mexico, Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) Reconstructing Criminal Networks from Data. Dr. Francesco Sorrentino.

University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Center for Accelerated Operational Efficiency (CAOE) Toward Equitable Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning Algorithms. Dr. Selvarajah Mohanarajah.

University of North Texas, Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) Exploring the Relative Risk Severity of Phishing Techniques on Individual Phishing Susceptibility: A Mixed Approach. Dr. Dan Kim.

University of North Texas, Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS) Applying Game Theory for Improving and Optimizing the US Political Asylum Process. Dr. Michel Fathi.

University of North Texas, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) Exploiting Machine Learning for Cybersecurity Tasks to Talent Mapping and Exploring Credentialing Ecosystem. Dr. Dipakkumar Pravin.

University of Texas at El Paso, Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) Influence of Climate Change Augmented with Extreme Weather Events on Coastal Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure. Dr. Vivek Tandon.

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