The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) has been selected to administer the Integrative Research in Emerging Technologies for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Use Cases Program, through a new agreement with the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC). The program is designed to foster innovation in emerging technologies for DHS use cases, by engaging a diversity of students and faculty from minority serving institutions in the research, including HBCUs, HSIs and tribal universities.
The program will focus on an integrated portfolio of use-inspired and foundational research in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), and autonomous & unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with the goal of developing a next generation workforce that takes advantage of the diversity of talents from across the country. The program is made possible through a partnership established between USRA, MSRDC, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP).
“This program will support DHS to take advantage of the unique perspectives and capabilities of students and faculty from minority serving institutions, with an integrated approach for research on emerging technologies in support of DHS use cases,” said Greg Simmons, Program Manager for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Workforce Development at DHS S&T.
USRA will leverage its existing capabilities in partnership with both DHS OUP and MSRDC to implement this comprehensive new program. The program will focus on ensuring resilience to disasters, with technology advancements that integrate artificial intelligence and quantum information science to support use cases for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery involving satellite, autonomous and unmanned aircraft, and ground systems. The program will also address critical shortages in the current workforce pipeline and fulfill the national need to boost competitiveness within the global market economy.
Founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space- and aeronautics-related science, technology and engineering. USRA operates research institutes and facilities, conducts other major research, and administers educational programs. It engages the university community and employs in-house scientific leadership, innovative research and development, and project management expertise.
More information about USRA is available at https://www.usra.edu.