The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has selected University of Connecticut to research transportation security measures.
Academics from the University of Connecticut and ten other universities recently met in Washington DC to collaborate on homeland security issues. Dr. Mehdi Anwar, UConn's Associate Dean of Engineering, says the federal government awarded his school $500,000. Anwar says his students will help develop security measures for roads, tunnels and mass transit.
"If a disaster happens, do we have the policy in place that will take care of evacuation or any other action? So we would like to predict and we would like to prepare."
Anwar says in the coming weeks the Transportation Security Administration will be involved in deciding the school's research focus.