Important funding sources for national security research at Northeastern include DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the Army Research Office. Recently alumnus George J. Kostas invested $12 million to build a homeland security research institute on our campus in Burlington, which recently opened in September 2011. The new institute will be built to Defense Department standards for security and will allow us to conduct advanced research in areas such as data security, information assurance, explosive detection, and energy harvesting. In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security designated Northeastern a Center of Excellence, one of only 11 in the United States, and provided $10 million to establish the Center for Awareness and Localization of Explosive-Related Threats (ALERT).
In January 2012, President Joseph E. Aoun, led eleven other university leaders from across the nation in advocating for funding for science and technology research at the Department of Homeland Security. The presidents and chancellors sent a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano, expressing their support for federal funding for the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.
Soon after, in March 2012, President Aoun was appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), provides advice and recommendations to Secretary Napolitano on matters related to homeland security and the academic community.
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