November 14, 2013
Stevens to offer fully-funded Doctoral Fellowship in Maritime Security.
The Maritime Security Doctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for high-potential, academically talented students interested in conducting cutting edge research and advanced academic study in the fields of Maritime and Homeland Security. The research-oriented fellowship program provides full tuition support, a monthly stipend and other paid fees for individuals of superior caliber who will make original contributions to the theory and practice in the field of Maritime Security. The three-year accelerated Doctoral Fellowship is supported through funding by a Department of Homeland Security Career Development Grant (CDG).
The mission of the Fellowship program is to provide a strong foundation for solving critical national and global challenges in the maritime domain and Marine Transportation System (MTS) through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and scientific approaches.
The recipient of the Fellowship award, will receive a PhD in Ocean Engineering. To learn more about Stevens Ocean Engineering degree requirements, please visit the following weblink: http://www.stevens.edu/sit/graduate/academic_programs/oe.cfm
Program Objectives: It is the objective of Stevens Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science (SES), in which the fellowship will be hosted to educate the next generation of technology leaders who will have positive impact on U.S. and global Maritime and Homeland Security challenges through research and development of new maritime security technology applications, strategies for maritime resilience, and improved methods for emergency planning, preparedness, and response.
To learn more about the Doctoral Fellowship program, please visit the following weblink: http://www.stevens.edu/ses/ceoe/graduate/masters/maritime/doctoral-fellowship
November 13, 2013
USCG Commander of Sector New York joins Scientists, Engineers and Resiliency experts in panel discussion on lessons-learned one-year post-Hurricane Sandy.
On October 29, 2013, Stevens Institute of Technology marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by hosting a panel discussion focused on lessons-learned for bolstering infrastructure resilience and the path toward more resilient urban coastal communities. Moderated by Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean, Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science, the panel included Captain Gordon Loebl, USCG Commander of Sector New York, Dr. Holly Bamford, Assistant Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Alan Blumberg, Director Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute, Dr. Stephen Flynn, Co-Director, George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, and Mr. Joseph Seebode, Deputy District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
During the discussion, Captain Loebl credited early weather forecasts and storm surge warnings, together with Sector New York's pre-planning efforts and on-going communications with its port partners, as key features to the Coast Guard's ability to resume port operations just one week following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy to the New York/New Jersey region. Dr. Stephen Flynn, author and recognized leader in resilience studies, called for the need to safeguard our coasts through infrastructure investments, technology upgrades, operational improvements, improved collaboration and cooperation, and enhanced research and data, and Dr. Alan Blumberg, discussed Davidson Laboratory's new storm-threat assessment and storm surge impact models, that were created to animate the street-by-street flooding in Hoboken, NJ, as Sandy approached, struck and retreated. Validated by real-time photos of flood levels in Hoboken during Sandy, the animation can be used to predict how much water and where it will flood, in a way that is easy to communicate to emergency responders and the public.
The Hoboken: One Year After Sandy event was held as part of Stevens research efforts to advance storm prediction, coastal adaptation and infrastructure resilience. To read more about the panel and the panelists suggestions for bolstering infrastructure resilience, please click here: Lessons-learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community.
November 12, 2013
Dr. Hans Graber publishes article and serves as guest editor for special issue of Oceanography magazine.
Dr. Hans Graber, CSR researcher and Executive Director, Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), at the University of Miami, served as a guest editor of Oceanography's Special Issue on Ocean Remote Sensing With Synthetic Aperture Radar. In addition to providing the introduction to the special issue, Dr. Graber also authored an article with Dr. Paul Mallas, entitled Imaging Ships from Satellites.
Dr. Graber's research supports CSR in developing new understanding and new processes for receiving and analyzing large maritime area data from multi-satellite and multi-frequency sensors such as Synthetic Aperture Radar and electro-optical sensors. In 2011, Dr. Graber and CSR were awarded a DHS Impact Award for the Center's contributions to the DeepWater Horizon oil spill. Within days of the oil spill, CSTARS tasked more than 15 dedicated satellites with weather-independent image collection of the geographic area around the spill. The images were downlinked, processed at CSTARS and distributed in near real time to responder agencies that used the data for strategic planning and response.
|October 14, 2013 |
USCG R&D Center provides support to continue the development of the Magello Emergency Response Tool.
Created by a team of students during the 2011 CSR Summer Research Institute, Magello combines easy-to-read, ultra-high-resolution, high-fidelity atmospheric and oceanic forecasts and datasets in one easy to use platform. The Magello web interface was developed as a decision support tool to assist first responders and decision makers during emergency situations and crisis events. The tool was showcased at the 2011 USCG Innovation Expo, the 2012 FEMA Region 1 Technology Transition Workshop and was selected as a top ten finalist in the 2012 National Security Innovation Competition.
The USCG R&D Center recognizes the potential of Magello to provide critical real-time oceanic and atmospheric information, together with plume modeling capabilities to assist the USCG in making informed emergency response decisions. It is CSR's objective to further enhance the functionality and capabilities of Magello and to prepare the tool for evaluation by the USCG and other relevant stakeholders.
October 14, 2013
Students conduct research on Detection Technology Synergies, HF Radar Data Integration and CBP Trade Facilitation in the 2013 SRI.
This past summer, CSR admitted thirteen students into its maritime security-centric Summer Research Institute (SRI). The program included students from Stevens Institute of Technology, Elizabeth City State University, Essex County College and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. The students were organized into the following research teams under the mentorship of CSR researchers:
- Detection Technology Synergies Team: The students in the Detection Technology Synergies team assessed the tipping and cuing of sensor technologies, utilizing Stevens Passive Acoustic Detection System and Rutgers University’s HF radar detection systems.
- HF Radar Data Integration Team: Students in the HF radar team assisted in developing advanced algorithms for improved vessel detection and assessed methods for integrating CSR’s HF Radar data feeds into Coast Guard operational systems.
- CBP Trade Facilitation Team: Students in the CBP Trade Facilitation team conducted a case study on the effectiveness of CBP’s new Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) for enhanced safety, security and trade processing within the pharmaceutical industry.
To review copies of the student's final presentation slides please visit the SRI 2013 website at www.stevens.edu/csr/SummerInstitute.