DHS S&T Selects 2022 Summer Research Teams from Minority-Serving Institutions


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate today announced the selection of 14 Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) teams to participate in the 2022 Summer Research Team (SRT) program. The DHS SRT program, administered by the Office of S&T Academic Programs, provides research and summer internship opportunities for students and early-career faculty attending an MSI in the United States and five territories. Americans.

“We are excited to provide MSIs, including historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions, with opportunities to conduct homeland security research in partnership with our Centers of Excellence,” said Rebecca Medina, Director of the Academic Programs Office. “We are confident that various analyzes and insights will help address critical homeland security challenges.”

Selected teams are comprised of 14 early-career faculty members and 26 graduate and undergraduate students who will spend 10 weeks conducting homeland security-related research with a DHS Center of Excellence (COE) or partner institution across the country. The SRT program fosters relationships for long-term research efforts and invests in building MSI research capabilities in Homeland Security mission areas.

The 2022 team leaders, their projects and their host centers of excellence include:

Accelerated Operational Efficiency Center (CAOE)
Led by Arizona State University

  • Dr. Randall Napier, University of Texas – Arlington
    Project: Cost-benefit analysis for reducing wait times at airport security checkpoints: a research proposal
  • Dr. Eduardo Perez, Texas State University
    Project: A Simulation-Based Strategy for Dynamic Workforce Allocation and Checkpoint Configuration in Airport Screening Facilities

Supply chain defense against cross-border threats (CTS)
Led by Texas A&M University

  • Dr. Bruce McCord, Florida International University
    Project: Development of methods for detecting traces of faecal contamination on agricultural products using Nanodrop digital PCR

Criminal investigations and network analysis (CINA)
Led by George Mason University

  • Dr. Omar Camarillo, University of Eastern New Mexico
    Project: The Effects of COVID-19 on the U.S.-Mexico Border: The U.S. Public’s Perception of Border Issues
  • Dr. Jie Yan, Bowie State University
    Project: A lightweight digital image forensic analyzer to detect fake images generated by AI via Raspberry Pi
  • Dr. Boyon Kostadinov, New York City College of Technology/City University of New York (CUNY) (HSI)
    Project: Using modern data science tools for criminal investigations and network analysis
  • Dr. Gary Kowaluk, Lincoln University
    Project: The relationship between gangs and human trafficking: a network analysis

Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI)
Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
    Project: Critical infrastructure security threat and vulnerability analysis for IoT-based smart power grids and/or IoT/cloud-based health data infrastructure
  • Dr. Zhixiong Chen, Mercy College
    Project: PASS+ Towards a safe, secure and resilient cyber environment
  • Dr. Zhenhua Huang, University of North Texas
    Project: Developing Big Bridge Data Across the Contiguous United States for Bridge Condition Assessment and Prediction Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Coastal Resilience Center (CRC)
Led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partnership with Jackson State University

  • Dr. Liping Liu, A&T University of North Carolina
    Project: Combined HWRF-Storm Surge modeling of Hurricane Florence 2018
  • Dr. Chunlei Fan, Morgan State University
    Project: Evaluation of a Low Salinity Tolerance Eastern Oyster Line for Application to Oyster Reef Live Shores
  • Dr. Remata Reddy, Jackson State University
    Project: Tropical Cyclones/Hurricanes: Understanding, Prediction, Air-Sea Interactions, Large Scale Heat Flux, High Winds, Vertical Motions, Heavy Precipitation, High Impacts and Resilience, Using Satellite, Buoy and RADAR Data

National Center for Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology and Education (NCITE)
Led by the University of Nebraska

  • Dr. Waymond Rodgers, University of Texas, El Paso
    Project: Examining Cognitive and Decisional Insights: Identifying New Methods to Prevent, Investigate, and Mitigate Cybercriminal Behavior

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