Supporting Security

Donald H. Sebastian, NJIT's vice president for research and development, heads the Homeland Security Technology Center.

Recognizing that technology is the best way to defend against bioterrorism, secure our borders and protect critical infrastructure such as power systems, bridges and airports, NJIT has established a new Homeland Security Technology Center, led by Donald H. Sebastian,  vice president for research and development. The center coordinates defense-related projects in the university and forges partnerships with agencies like Picatinny Arsenal, the Center for Disease Control, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the National Guard, and the New Jersey State Police for homeland security initiatives

NJIT has also formed a partnership with two software makers -- International Analytics, developer of CRISIS, and NCI, developer of Event Broker - as well as with New Jersey Network News, the state's public broadcasting network and emergency response carrier. The three aim to apply modeling and simulation systems that will support the state's homeland security.

The software systems use Global Information Systems (GIS)-based information to support simulations used to coordinate a response to a disaster. People who would benefit from these simulations include members of emergency response teams, hospital workers, public and private transportation administrators and others. The software gives New Jersey a system to prepare for anything from a natural disaster to a chemical, biological or radiological attack.