Carnegie Mellon Unveils Research Grant to Study Risks Posed by Terrorists and Their Weapons


January 20, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Universitys Department of Engineering and Public Policy received a $1.1 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study the risks posed by weapons of terror and weapons of mass destruction.

Weve learned the hard way that such apparently innocuous things as airliners, the U.S. mail, electric power and the computer systems can be turned into weapons against us, said Granger Morgan, Lord Professor of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), Heinz School, and ECE; Department Head of EPP. This new grant will help us identify ways to design safer systems so that we can continue to enjoy their benefits while minimizing the possibility that it can be turned around and used as weapons against us.

The grant will support research and training to reduce risks and improve security in a number of areas.

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