DHS Selects Stevens Institute of Technology for Maritime Research Center of Excellence

8/8/2014

Stevens Institute of Technology has been selected as co-lead institution for a new Center of Excellence for Maritime Research (CMR) in collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage. The selection, announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, will provide Stevens with $2 million per year for 5 years. The Center will collaborate with partner institutions including MIT, Louisiana State University, the University of Connecticut, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and Elizabeth City State University.

"This award comes after a nearly year-long competition that challenged our researchers and education staff to demonstrate the impact of their present work, and to articulate their vision for the next five years,” says Michael Bruno, Feiler Chair Professor and Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science. "We are proud that the Department of Homeland Security has chosen our team to take on the serious technical and policy challenges faced on a daily basis by the Department and in particular by our primary customer, the U.S. Coast Guard."

The work conducted through the CMR will help the United States address challenges in the maritime domain. Increased and diversified use of maritime spaces is generating new security challenges and risks, and the potential for increased conflicts among maritime users, stakeholders, and interests.

Working closely with S&T, DHS’s operational components, industrial partners, and other Centers, it will develop new ideas and research to identify better ways to create transparency in the maritime domain along coastal regions and inland waterways, while integrating information and intelligence among stakeholders.

"The funding is a significant boost to Stevens' R&D efforts in maritime security and ocean observations," says Bruno. "Importantly, the center designation affords us the ability to secure additional funding through DHS member agencies to pursue new but related research."

CMR will also contribute towards the education of both university students and mid-career professionals engaged in maritime security.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of TechnologyThe Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of implementing a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.