The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS), located in the University of Florida’s Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, is the largest university-based center in the world devoted to the development and implementation of protective technology against blast, shock, impact, and terrorism. Its technical and scientific staff has advanced academic degrees in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical, Mechanics and Structural Engineering. The Center is supported by various US and foreign government agencies. The Institute is major scientific center of the mining profile in Georgia. Its staff is comprised of 52 researches and engineers, implementing five international projects with collaborators from the US, Germany and Spain. The Institute is equipped with an underground experimental base (blasting chamber), which, according to experts, is the best in the post-Soviet countries. The major areas of the research include:
- physical processes accompanying explosions;
- design of facilities for protection from unauthorized explosions;
- study of steady condition and dynamic processes of mining equipment.