Summer Research Institute - 2013

The Center held its fourth annual Summer Research Institute, from June 3 to July 26, 2013 at the Stevens Institute of Technology campus in Hoboken, NJ.  This summer's program included 13 students representing Stevens Institute of Technology, Elizabeth City State University, Essex County College and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.  For a complete list of this year's student participants, please click here:  SRI 2013 Student Participant List

This summer's curriculum built upon prior SRI initiatives and current Center research to advance the innovative capabilities and functionality of the center's existing and evolving tools and technologies for transition to end-users (e.g. USCG). Student projects included hands-on, multidisciplinary research activities to maximize the situational awareness, emergency response, and maritime surveillance capabilities of first responders and emergency management personnel.  Students were encouraged to develop creative solutions and new maritime security applications, leveraging the Center's tools and technologies.

Students engaged in lectures by researchers as well as industry and government homeland security practitioners, to develop an understanding of the complex issues in maritime domain awareness, the Marine Transportation System, emergency response, maritime system resilience, and the sensor tools and technologies that can used to enhance situational awareness and surveillance capabilities.

Students were assigned to one of the following three research teams: (To download a copy of the student's final presentation slides, please click the respective links below.)

SRI Guest Speakers and Field visits:

Students received real-world insight into the state and practice of maritime security and the Marine Transportation System through presentations and lectures by researchers and maritime industry and homeland security experts.  This past summer?s guest speakers included:

  • Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
  • Lt. Commander Anne Morrissey, USCG Waterways Management
  • Nick Pera, US Navy, Strategic Systems Programs

Field visits and interactions with industry practitioners are a key facet of the Summer Research Institute.  Visits and discussions with practitioners provide students with a contextual framework and practical insight into the real-world implications of their SRI projects and research.  During the eight-week program, students had the unique opportunity to participate in field visits to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at JFK Airport, Port Newark and One Penn Plaza, the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and the NYC Waterways Ferry Terminal, Battery Park.