DHS Selects 14 Teams from Minority-Serving Universities for Summer Research Program
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) selected 14 teams from minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to participate in the 2022 Summer Research Team (SRT) program.

The DHS SRT program, administered by S&T’s Office of University Programs, provides summer research and internship opportunities to both students and early career faculty members attending an MSI in the United States and five U.S. territories.

“We are excited to provide MSIs, including historically black colleges and universities and hispanic serving institutions opportunities to conduct homeland security research in partnership with our centers of excellence,” said Rebecca Medina, director, Office of University Programs. “We are confident that diverse analysis and ideas will help address critical homeland security related challenges.”

The 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 partnering institution across the country. The SRT program fosters relationships for long-term research efforts and invests in building research capacity at MSIs in homeland security mission areas.

The 2022 team leads, their projects, and their host COEs related to the critical communications industry follow below.

The Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis center led by George Mason Univeristy:
• Dr. Jie Yan, Bowie State University, “A Light-Weighted Digital Image Forensic Analyzer to Detect AI-generated Fake Images through Raspberry Pi”
• Dr. Boyon Kostadinov, New York City College of Technology/City University of New York (CUNY), “Using Modern Data Science Tools for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis”

Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute center led by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
• Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, “Critical Infrastructure Security Vulnerability and Threat Analysis for IoT-based Smart Power Grids and/or IoT/Cloud-based Healthcare Data Infrastructure”
• Dr. Zhixiong Chen, Mercy College, “PASS+ Toward a Safe, Secure and Resilient Cyber Environment”
• Dr. Zhenhua Huang, University of North Texas, “Development of the Big Bridge Data Across the Conterminous U.S. for Deck Condition Rating and Prediction Using Machine Learning Algorithms”

National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center led by University of Nebraska:
• Dr. Waymond Rodgers, University of Texas, El Paso, “Examining Cognitive and Decision-Making Perspectives: Identifying New Methods to Prevent, Investigate and Mitigate Cybercriminal Behaviors”

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