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2015 Award Winners

Center Name

Center of Excellence for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT)

Center Host Institution

University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Project Title

QCL-Based Spectroscopic for Traces Detection of DNT, TNT, RDX, PETN, and AN in Complex Matrices

Faculty Team Member

Joaquin Aparicio-BolaƱos

Faculty Institution

University of Puerto Rico-Ponce


Center Name

Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR)

Center Host Institution

Stevens Institute of Technology

Project Title

Examining the impact of sessile invertebrates on the structural integrity of underwater pier elements.

Faculty Team Member

Allison Fitzgerald

Faculty Institution

New Jersey City University


Center Name

National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)

Center Host Institution

University of Southern California

Project Title

Civilians’ Economic Resilience to Cyber Terrorism Attacks

Faculty Team Member

Jian Hua

Faculty Institution

University of the District of Columbia


Center Name

Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA), Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE)

Center Host Institution

Purdue University

Project Title

Improving Humanitarian Disaster Management through Enhanced Techniques and Tools for Processing Tweet Data

Faculty Team Member

Louis Ngamassi

Faculty Institution

Prairie View A&M University


Center Name

Center of Excellence for Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD)

Center Host Institution

George Mason University

Project Title

Validation of Host Cell Transcriptomic and Proteomic Changes Following Infection by Rift Valley Fever and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Viruses and their Attenuated Vaccine Derivatives

Faculty Team Member

Carleitta Paige-Anderson

Faculty Institution

Virginia Union University


Center Name

National Center for Border Security and Immigration (NCBSI)

Center Host Institution

University of Arizona

Project Title

Diagnostic Tool for Identification of Human Trafficking Victims

Faculty Team Member

Claudia San Miguel

Faculty Institution

Texas A&M International University


Center Name

Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA), Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA)

Center Host Institution

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Project Title

Verification of Crowd Behavior Simulation by Crowd Analysis

Faculty Team Member

Hao Tang

Faculty Institution

Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY