NCITE announces upcoming move to Scott Technology Center
The National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center is on the move this fall. The academic Center of Excellence for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be moving into the Scott Technology Center at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. The move will enable the interdisciplinary combination of faculty, students, and staff of the growing research consortium to work in one location, with enough space to accommodate their needs.
The move to the Scott Technology Center
The move to the Scott Technology Center was made as a result of the center’s growth, which has expanded by every measure since its founding. The new facility provides the space for events and research labs, security, and enough room to accommodate the NCITE’s needs. The move will allow all academic disciplines to come together and solve national security challenges. Moreover, the proximity to industries in the building will expose students to future jobs, right there on campus.
Space freed up at the two current locations
The move will free up space for the NCITE at its two current locations: Mammel Hall and Maverick Landing. Both locations have served NCITE well. Mammel Hall provided beautiful office space and support in the Rod Rhoden Business Innovation Center wing that opened in 2021. The NCITE suite at the College of Business Administration was an effective business incubator that grew NCITE from an organization with a $3.6 million budget in its first research year to one poised to be awarded about $16 million yet this year.
Collaborative space for a growing center
The new NCITE home in Scott Technology Center allows NCITE students a unique environment where they may cross paths with other security-oriented building tenants. The move places NCITE’s unique mix of experts in a business and tech hub that sits on UNO’s Scott Campus.
Growth credited to demand, capability, and vision
NCITE’s growth is credited to demand, capability, and vision. NCITE’s primary customer, the DHS, wants and needs cutting-edge research in counterterrorism and keeps increasing funding for NCITE to provide this. Early on, UNO and state leaders envisioned using NCITE’s seed grant from DHS to build a permanent research bench in Omaha.
– The Scott Technology Center provides space for businesses to operate and collaborate, develop tech startups, and provide workforce development in conjunction with UNO.
– The NCITE has grown from an organization with a $3.6 million budget in its first research year beginning July 1, 2020, to one poised to be awarded about $16 million yet this year.
– NCITE’s model of providing high-quality and relevant research with a strong interdisciplinary mix of UNO experts will help the university grow its name in security studies.
The move to Scott Technology Center will provide NCITE with the space to continue to grow and offer high-quality, relevant research. The move will not only benefit the researchers and staff but also the entire UNO community and the DHS.
The move to the Scott Technology Center is a good decision for the NCITE Center of Excellence. The center will have enough space to accommodate its interdisciplinary mix of faculty, students, and staff and continue to offer high-quality, relevant research. The move reinforces UNO Chancellor Jo Li’s vision of UNO as a workforce development hub for Omaha and its environs. We expect to see tremendous growth in the NCITE Center of Excellence as they settle into their new home.