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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 20, Number 2, Summer 2006

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Volume 20, Number 2, Summer 2006

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UB-MCEER Part of Homeland Security Center to Study Security and Preparedness Issues

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MCEER is part of the University at Buffalo team, which also includes CUBRC (formally known as Calspan-UB Research Center), the Center for Multisource Information Fusion (CMIF) and the Departments of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) and Industrial Engineering, who are part of a new $15 million Homeland Security Center of Excellence at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response—the fifth Homeland Security Center of Excellence established since 9/11—will study how the nation can best prepare for, and respond to, potential large-scale incidents and disasters.

Research areas will include deterrence, prevention, preparedness and response to catastrophic events, including issues such as risk assessment, decision-making, infrastructure integrity, surge capacity and sensor networks. MCEER will primarily be involved with critical infrastructure-related issues.

Under this grant, CUBRC and UB faculty and staff will be working on several different proposed tasks. MCEER and CSEE researchers will be providing domain expertise and research in support of hardening critical infrastructure against the effects of catastrophic events.

Moises Sudit, Managing Director of CMIF, will lead a combined UB/CUBRC team researching the fusion of multiple information sources to provide improved situation assessment tools for responding to catastrophic events.

Ann Bisantz, UB professor in the Industrial Systems and Engineering Department will provide domain expertise to a project studying human factors related to emergency response.

Michael Moskal, CUBRC, will provide domain expertise and support to a multidisciplinary team who will be developing a “Risk-Ready” model to provide local emergency response officials with a means to assess the cost-benefit of mitigation and response investments within their communities.