The Systems Engineering Research Center and the US Army Establish a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Milestone research partnership celebrated by a signing ceremony today

4/18/2011

Hoboken, NJ – The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a network of 20 collaborating universities and over 200 researchers across the nation, announced a milestone partnership with the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command April 18. The SERC’s mission is to enhance the nation’s knowledge and capability in the area of systems engineering thinking to address critical global issues.  
 
The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, known as a CRADA, signals a new partnership with the Army and will further strengthen the SERC’s relationship with the Department of Defense  and its services, officials said.
 
“The SERC is receiving unprecedented interest from multiple government agencies to leverage the research reach that the SERC represents,” said Dr. Dinesh Verma, Executive Director of the SERC and Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology.  “The CRADA is a strategic opportunity to collaborate with the Army and further demonstrates the importance of systems engineering in solving our nation’s most complex problems.”
 
The CRADA provides a framework for a robust and collaborative research program between the SERC and the US Army to develop systems engineering models, methods, principles and practices for the complex systems under development and in use by the Army. The research will result in state-of-the-art capability and support to the Warfighter.
 
A signing ceremony was held today on the Stevens campus, featuring the Honorable Michael W. Wynne, 21st Secretary of the US Air Force and head of the SERC Advisory Board, and Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Commanding General of RDECOM.  Also in attendance were the Systems Engineering Research University Affiliated Research Center sponsors; Deans and researchers from many of the SERC collaborating institutions; faculty and staff from Stevens; and members of the local community.
 
“RDECOM's mission is to get the right technology to the right place at the right time for the Warfighter,” Justice said.  “The Army can now collaborate with the intellect and capability of the SERC institutions to develop, validate, and facilitate the employment of new systems engineering skills.”
“I am pleased and honored to support the SERC and RDECOM in joining forces,” said Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.).  “The location of this signing has particular significance for the State of New Jersey, given the important role that the Picatinny Arsenal plays as home to the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.” 

About SERC
The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) consists of a network of 20 prominent research institutions and over 200 researchers from across the nation focused on enhancing the nation’s knowledge and capability in the area of systems engineering thinking to address critical global issues.  Through its collaborative research concept, the SERC embodies the potential to radically improve the application of systems engineering to the successful development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex systems, services and enterprises.  The SERC operates the competitively awarded US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Systems Engineering Research University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Since the SER-UARC’s founding in September 2008, more than 20 sponsored systems engineering research projects have been completed or are underway.  The SERC is managed by Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, N.J.
 
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
 
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.