Stevens VP to speak at US Army research conference

February 09, 2005

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Stevens Institute of Technology's Vice President for Institute Technology Initiatives, Dr. Helena Wisniewski, will speak February 16, 2005, at the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) conference, titled "Public Health Response to Terrorism: A Regional Approach and Forensic Epidemiology." The conference will be hosted by the Office of Homeland Defense Technologies at Picatinny, New Jersey.

Wisniewski will speak in a panel format on Technology for Homeland Security. The panel will focus on issues related to developing a real-time response architecture that drives technological innovation to fill in the gaps of currently available systems; and when these gaps are identified, how best for universities to provide innovative solutions for rapid implementation. These technologies range from detection and identification of biological and chemical agents, to secure communications technologies that are currently in development at Stevens' Wireless Network Security Center (WiNSeC), and in other research and development efforts at the university.

"An important part of the homeland security public-safety debate centers on the technology required for rapid response by emergency professionals, of which communications technologies are a critical element," said Wisniewski. "Therefore, I will discuss some of the ways that Stevens' multidisciplinary research groups and centers are confronting issues of secure and reliable wireless communications for homeland defense and providing solutions to critical first responder needs."

Co-speakers at the event will be Timothy Teen, CEO, InSitech; Donald H. Sebastain, Ph.D., VP Research and Development, New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) George T. Garrett, Deputy Assistant Director, New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism. The conference is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; the UMDNJ Center for BioDefense; Northwest and Northeast Regions, Local Public Health Departments; the Morris County Office of Health Management; and the Warren County Health Department.
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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