Program Profiles

Studying Distribution System Hydraulics and Flow Dynamics to Improve Water Utility Operational Decision Making

 Dr. Ormsbee, with the University of Kentucky, is working on improving the water utility operational decision making process (including responses to contamination events) by studying distribution system hydraulics and flow dynamics. Dr.

The Assessment and Mitigation of Water-Side Attacks on Dams Project

Dr. Sebastian Bryson with the University of Kentucky is identifying existing concepts and developing new ones to reduce the risk from water-side attacks to dams and gated spillways. The approach is to identify or develop cost effective concepts for reducing risks to dams from water-borne and underwater threats. Concepts to be investigated include passive and less-than-lethal options so that the protection schemes are viable options for owners and operators. One mitigation measure that will be investigated is establishing appropriate buffer zones around critical facilities.

The Development of New Materials for the Transportation Sector

Dr. Issam Harik with the University of Kentucky will be leading the project, the Development of New Materials for the Transportation Sector.

The Development of New Materials for the Transportation Sector

The objective of this project is to develop new technologies or applications for existing technologies to reduce the hazards and repairs associated with transportation structure damage due to high intensity fires.  Because numerous well‐developed fire protection technologies alre

The Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS) H

The Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS) with the IMDSS-H add-on are web-based software tools and portals that organize incident-related information for public health first-responders in rural environments, supporting their efforts to save lives and protect property.

The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.