Florida International University’s Center for Advancing Education and Studies on Critical Infrastructures Resilience (CAESCIR) is funded by a Scientific Leadership Award granted by the United States Department of Homeland Security. CAESCIR aims to improve our nation’s critical infrastructures security and resilience via an integrated research and education framework that covers Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS- STEM) areas of interest in computer science, information technology, and cybersecurity.


The Center will engage a wide range of education and research activities:

  1. The Center will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students specialized in HS-STEM areas and provide them with proactive advising, peer mentoring, career guidance, as well as assistance in internship opportunities in our research labs, at industry/government labs, and at our partner DHS COE, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC).
  2. The Center will coordinate the teaching of HS-STEM topics, by incorporating related materials and integrating research outcomes in existing Computer Science, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity courses at FIU, and develop new courses to explore new areas and emerging technological challenges in critical infrastructure resilience.
  3. The Center will leverage our strong research expertise and pursue innovative research projects in important areas of critical infrastructure resilience.
  4. The Center will engage early career faculty with the support of senior faculty participants to pursue integrated HS-STEM research and education activities.