Director of University Programs
Department of Homeland Security
Dr. Mel Bernstein joined the Office of Research and Development in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security on June 1, 2003 as Director of University Programs. Dr. Bernstein comes to the Department from Tufts University, where currently he is a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Previously, he has served as Professor and Head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Carnegie-Mellon University; Provost and then Chancellor at the Illinois Institute of Technology; Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculties at Tufts University; and most recently, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Brandeis University.
Other relevant experiences include, Liaison Scientist at the London Office of the Office of Naval Research; Member of the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council; and Panel Chair of the National Research Council study, “Materials Science and Engineering for the 1990’s.
Over the last six months, University Programs has named the first class of scholars and fellow, 100 in total, and has established the first DHS Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California, in the area of risk analysis related to the economic consequences of terrorism. It is anticipated that over the next year up to 6 more Centers will be established in high priority areas and educational programs will be extended.