UD CSI is building partnerships across corporate, academic, and government sectors. Below are a few key partnerships.
UD has an important strategic partnership with APG, which began in 2010 with the execution of a CRADA between UD and RDECOM. The partnership encompasses research, education and internships. Over 20 research SOW’s have been executed under the CRADA, two graduate engineering courses per semester have been conducted at the Post over the past several years, a pilot graduate program on cyber security is being developed, the curriculum of UD’s MIS program has been modified to meet APG requirements so graduates from the program are eligible for employment at APG and UD/APG are using the ORISE program to increase internship and temporary employment opportunities for UD students and graduates. Building upon the above, the UDCSI is expanding our strategic partnership with APG’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) and Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) to enhance their mission capabilities through research and development incorporating big data and high performance computational and visualization tools, advanced mm-wave sensor and communications capabilities, and expanding the on-going UD internships and training programs for their serving military and civilian staff members. Additionally the UDCSI is helping CERDEC leverage emerging S&T technology from the DOE National Laboratories, the NIST Cyber Security FFRDC led by MITRE Corporation, and expanding the reach to industry leaders in national security network enterprises.
UD CSI is an Academic Affiliate on the recently announced Cyber Security FFRDC led by the MITRE Corporation and the University of Maryland (College Park and Baltimore County). The NIST Cyber Security FFRDC will operate under an ID/IQ task-ordered contract with a $1B cap over 5 years and renewable for 5 consecutive terms. It is envisioned that S&T component tasks under the ID/IQ (perhaps $10-20 M/yr) will be executed by the Academic Affiliate team (8 Universities including UD, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, UT-San Antonio, UC-Berkeley, UC-San Diego, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon) will have first right of refusal on S&T tasks and will be allowed to team together when combined skills are needed.
PNNL and UD entered a strategic partnership in 2010 to facilitate collaborative research and personnel exchanges between our campuses. Among the areas of technical synergies are high performance computing, catalysis and cyber security.
Academic partnerships with state and regional partners are established to coordinate academic programs, research efforts, and Cyber Security outreach. UD partnered with DTCC and Harford to establish academic articulation agreements enabling students to transfer from two-year institutions to UD, focusing on Cyber Security education. Delaware’s three state academic institutions are partnering on a STAR Campus Cyber Security facility and outreach programs to K-12 students and the corporate community.
The Texas University System brings the oil/gas and telecom industry sectors as strategic partners. Dr. Dale Klein, formerly Assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman-Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research-UT System representing all 9 UT Universities serves on the UD Advisory Council.
Purdue University brings DHS’s Center of Excellence- VACCINE (Visual Analytics for Command and Control Environments) with enhanced visualization tools for finance/banking and other industry critical infrastructure. Dr. Arden Bement, Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and former Director-NSF and NIST serves on the UD Advisory Council Board. Discussions are underway now to overlay the VACCINE Center of Excellence with Lerner College’s Institute for Financial Analytics to provide enhanced analytics of great benefit to the financial/banking critical infrastructure.
Carnegie Mellon brings their Software Engineering Institute for software certification systems and training. Dr. Paul Nielson-Maj Gen-ret, as Director-Carnegie Mellon-SEI and former Commander-Air Force Research Laboratory, serves on the UD Advisory Council.