Research Centers

National Research Centers of Excellence

Academic excellence truly is the foundation of all research at Stevens. Our research community has four National Research Centers of Excellence:

  1. National Center for Secure and Resilient (CSR) Maritime Commerce
  2. Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research University Affiliated Research Center
  3. Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design & Control of Small Ships
  4. Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems & Information Assurance

National Center for Secure and Resilient (CSR) Maritime Commerce

On February 26, 2007, the US Department of Homeland Security announced the designation of Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Hawaii as the co-leaders of a new center responsible for conducting research and developing new ways to strengthen maritime domain awareness and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, and remote and extreme environments. Stevens leads research and education for port security in its resulting National Center for Secure and Resilient (CSR) Maritime Commerce.

Academic excellence is the foundation of world-class research conributions. Stevens designation by the US Department of Homeland Security as the lead research center for secure and resilient ports was no accident. This award culminated decades of academic excellence in port and estuary sensing, modeling, and environment engineering innovation including passive isolated swimmer detection at long range and at low cost. Located on the bank of the Hudson River directly opposite midtown Manhattan, New York City, Stevens is ideally situated and resoruced for continuing leadership in port operations, security and resilience. The Port Security Research tab provides quick access to our Office of Research from this perspective.

CSR is an example of an emerging global research theme that can be called cognitive or sentient spaces, where the unique mission, location, physical structure, fixed and wireless infrastructure, patterns of activity and most importantly "the people in and around the space" shape an integrated information environment that may be leveraged for greater convenience, efficiency, security, and/or resilience, depending on the needs of the space and the situation. Other examples of cognitive spaces of research interest at Stevens include elder care facilities, farms, emergency response scenes, and medical facilites.

For more information, please visit the CSR web site!

Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research University Affiliated Research Center

Systems engineering is a multi-disciplinary practice that uses a holistic, systems approach to make sense of and manage the complexity of today's problems and solutions. It ensures that created systems meet the needs of the stakeholders and don't outrun our willingness to accept the risks associated with the benefits. In September 2008, the Department of Defense competitively awarded Stevens a contract to operate the Systems Engineering Research University Affiliated Research Center (SER-UARC). Housed within the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), the mission of the SER-UARC is to enhance and enable the DoD's capability in Systems Engineering for the successful development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex defense systems, services and enterprises. The SER-UARC currently consists of 20 collaborating institutions led by Stevens, including the University of Southern California, Georgia Tech, Purdue, and 16 other institutions.

The SER-UARC focuses research to address four key challenges to DoD and the intelligence community: (1) respond more quickly, flexibly, agilely; (2) acquire, operate, and evolve large complex systems that have distributed and diffuse governance, architecture, and mission; (3) increase the pool and capabilities of systems engineers, and instill systems engineering thinking and skills into all engineers; and (4) address security challenges in a systemic fashion rather than piecemeal. In its short lifetime, the SER-UARC already has received more than $11 million in awards on more than 20 research projects and has partnerships with such varied sponsors as the Defense Acquisition University and the Army's Research, Development, and Engineering Command.

For more information, please visit the SER-UARC web site!

Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design & Control of Small Ships

There have been significant improvements in the process design function in today's shipbuilding industry. There has however been little focus on integrating, perhaps through radical design changes, all the engineering disciplines associated with shipbuilding. A major challenge in U.S. Navy ship design in the 21st Century is ensuring performance and affordability with a reduced crew size while also maintaining high reliability and damage control. This challenge is particularly evident in the design of vessels to meet the Navy's new and emerging needs in the littoral zone. These needs require fast, relatively small vessels capable of operating in the range of weather and ocean conditions encountered in the littoral environment while also meeting the Navy's payload requirements.

The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships is addressing this issue by focusing on two key areas. First is in establishing an environment where engineering disciplines associated with hull design and ship automation can be brought together within the context of the total ship system architecture, thereby facilitating the creative knowledge development, educational changes and discipline integration required for true innovation. Second is the utilization of this unique education and research environment in the recruiting, training and long-term career development of the best and brightest young engineers in the U.S.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is the funding agency for a new and far-reaching naval research and engineering center. Located on Stevens campus, the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships involves an impressive consortium of co-investigators, including personnel from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.; University College, London, England; and the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

For more information, please visit the Atlantic Center web site!

CASSIA, Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems & Information Assurance

The mission of the center is to foster collaboration and act as a catalyst for research, education, and entrepreneurship in information assurance and cybersecurity. Advances in the field require conceptualizing, measuring, modeling, and countering a multitude of rapidly evolving threats. Crucial efforts to meet these challenges include investigation of appropriate theoretical frameworks, novel analysis of existing defense mechanisms, technical innovations, development and deployment of commercial solutions, adoption of suitable policies and standards, and education of systems professionals, managers, policy-makers, and the general population. The center promotes a cohesive undertaking of the above endeavors to maximize their effectiveness and impact.

The center is a nexus for:

  • basic and applied research in secure, dependable, and sustainable computing and communications systems;
  • exploration of the implications to information assurance and cybersecurity of ubiquitous computing and other visionary scenarios;
  • anticipation of cultural evolution resulting from the inception of innovative technologies such as social networking;
  • public-private partnerships for threat assessment, response, technology development and deployment;
  • entrepreneurship and transfer of security and IA-related technology to the IT industry;
  • education of professionals in security technologies, policy, and commerce;
  • education of non-technical users: children, parents, teachers, small-business owners.

For more information, please visit the CASSIA web site!

Institute Research Centers

Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)

The university-wide Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) supports faculty and student-initiated multidisciplinary research that addresses gaps and issues related to advancing biomedical technology and healthcare delivery and serves as a focal point for integration of external strategic partnerships.

Additional activities of the CHI involve development of new educational programs, coordination of multi-investigator grant and contract proposals and commercialization of intellectual property.

Major areas of research include tissue engineering of cancer biopsies for drug development and therapy selection, biomaterials that control infection of implanted prosthetic and medical devices, mobile healthcare and telemedicine apps, and data analytics and modeling of healthcare delivery systems.

For more information, please visit the CHI web site!

Center for Environmental Systems (CES)

The Center for Environmental Systems (CES), a unique synthesis of the professional and academic worlds, is dedicated to applied, interdisciplinary research for the solution of pressing, real-world environmental problems. Through advanced knowledge and in-depth professional] expertise, CES is recognized as a leader in the development, evaluation and implementation of new environmental technologies.

CES excels in the following areas:

  • Environmental Research and Development
    • Generating new scientific knowledge leading to the creation of innovative technologies, sound environmental policy, and sensible resource management
  • Education
    • A leader in providing environmental education at the graduate and undergraduate level through degree and certificate programs
  • Technology Development
    • Development and application of new and innovative environmental technologies for industry, government, and environmental service organization
  • Technology Commercialization
    • Supporting Stevens? Technogenesis environment through the marketplace realization of home-grown environmental technologies (high-tech spin-off companies such as HydroGlobe and PlasmaSol)

For more information, please visit the CES web site!

Davidson Laboratory

Davidson Laboratory is Stevens Institute of Technology's renowned marine research laboratory. The Laboratory operates in two primary areas: marine monitoring and forecasting and experimental marine hydrodynamics (ship design and evaluation). 

Davidson Laboratory is a truly unique research and education center that combines the fields of naval architecture, coastal and ocean engineering, physical oceanography, and marine hydrodynamics to create a trans-disciplinary enterprise that can address both the highly-specialized issues confronting each discipline, as well as the more complex, integrated issues facing natural and man-made maritime systems.

For more information, please visit the: Davidson Laboratory web site.

The NJ Center for Microchemical Systems

The NJ Center for Microchemical Systems (NJCMCS) is a global leader in the design and characterization of microchemical Systems that emphasizes the rapid transfer of technology innovations to the marketplace in partnership with biomedical, chemical, defense, energy, and pharmaceutical industries.

NJCMCS aims to build the core knowledge base required to design, integrate, and produce microchemical devices on a rational basis, as emerging platforms for chemical process intensification and miniaturization. Currently, the Center is carrying out several vibrant projects, through innovative university-industry-government partnerships, for miniature fuel cell power devices and safe and cost-effective on-demand production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals

For more information, please visit the NJCMCS web site!

Highly Filled Materials Institute (HfMI)

The founding of our Research Center, the Highly Filled Materials Institute (HfMI) at Stevens in May 1989 has capitalized on the existing research of Prof. Kalyon and his colleagues at SIT. This research has especially focused on the areas of characterization and processing of soft solids and complex fluids, including various structured materials like polymers, suspensions, dispersions, nanocomposites, gels, and especially concentrated suspensions incorporated with solid particles at concentrations which by design attempt to approach the maximum packing fraction of the solid phase (highly filled materials)

We carry out contract research for companies and Government agencies in a wide range of fields which include the synthesis of crystalline particles and nanoparticles, wetting and compounding of nanoparticles and particles with polymeric binders and gels, analysis of rheological behavior of suspensions and rheology of polymers and characterization of various material parameters for viscoelastic and viscoplastic constitutive equations, analysis of the microstructure distributions and degree of mixedness of ingredients and particle size distributions, control of the ultimate properties including magnetic and electrical properties, processability analysis in single and twin screw extruders, modeling and numerical analysis of various processing operations. One principal area of current focus is in the area of preparation and manufacture of scaffolds from biodegradable polymers for various tissue engineering applications.

For more information, please visit the HfMI web site!

Design & Manufacturing Institute (DMI)

The Design & Manufacturing Institute (DMI) is a research and development center at Stevens Institute of Technology established in 1988. Since inception DMI has been working on research on integrated product, process and materials development; Tools and methodologies for design process optimization; and knowledge-based design and manufacturing technologies.

For more information, please visit the DMI web site!

Center for Decision Technologies

The Center for Decision Technologies focuses on networks of people, sensors, and robots. We are examining human-robot interaction in emergency response situations. We are designing new ways of placing sensors, as well as responding to emergencies using mobile ad hoc networks. We also have been examining the relation between transportation and communication networks, which together constitute the infrastructure of social networks. Our team includes cognitive psychologists who are computationally modeling human category learning. We are also finding ways to detect hostile intent based on movement patterns.

For more information, please visit the CDT web site!

Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE)

To catalyze and support excellence in teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other core subjects through innovative, research-based instructional strategies and use of novel technologies.

CIESE collaborates with K-12 and university educators, researchers, policymakers and educational organizations to develop curriculum materials, conduct professional development programs, and research new methodologies to strengthen STEM education.

For more information, please visit the CIESE Web site!

Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises (CCSE)

The Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises (CCSE) focuses its research on four key domains – Healthcare Delivery, Financial Systems, Sustainable Energy, and National Security – from the lens of Complex Systems and Enterprises. This trans-disciplinary Center mobilizes the research vision, experience, talent, creativity and capabilities across Stevens and our many collaborators.

These collaborations foster new research and education in systems science and engineering to enable deep understanding of complexity and create innovative approaches to managing complexity. Results include powerful technologies, tools and solutions to address complex issues in the domains of healthcare delivery, sustainable energy, financial systems, and national security.

For more information, please visit the CCSE Web site!