Research Centers and Laboratories

Research Centers and Laboratories

Research Centers and Laboratories at Stevens seek innovative solutions to address the challenges of science and engineering today. World-class faculty working in a collaborative atmosphere to create the technologies that shape our world today.

National Centers of Excellence

The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science is home to three nationally recognized National Centers of Excellence that address needs from maritime transportation to secure systems to the building of next-generation small ships.

Maritime Security Center

In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, selected Stevens Institute of Technology in its re-compete bid as the lead university in the Maritime Security Center (MSC) DHS S&T Center of Excellence (COE), formerly known as the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime of Commerce (CSR) under the Maritime, Island, Remote and Extreme Environment Security (MIREES) COE.  The award was conferred after a year-long competition that challenged the Center's researchers and its education staff to demonstrate the impact of their work and to articulate their vision for the next five years.

The MSC will provide education programs and conduct research to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness, and will expand its efforts to invent and deploy new technologies that will support day-to-day missions in a manner that also creates surging capabilities (e.g.,enhanced communications and sensing networks, reduced response time, enhanced workforce capabilities) in response to events of national significance and stakeholder needs.

The MSC's academic partners include Stevens Institute of Technology (Lead University), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Miami, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, Louisiana State University, Elizabeth City State University, University of Connecticut, and Florida Atlantic University.

For more information, please visit the MSC web site.

The Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance

The Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance (CASSIA) was formed in 2008 with the purpose to integrate and coordinate the education and research efforts within the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science in the area of Cybersecurity and 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.

For more information, please contact Dr. Susanne Wetzel.

Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships

The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCESS) was founded to address the integration (perhaps through radical design changes) of 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.

For more information, please visit the ACCeSS Web site.

Multiscale and Nanotechnology Shared Facilities

Shared Facilities at Stevens are open to the Stevens community as well as outside investigators who wish to conduct research with state-of-the-art instrumentation in a convenient location:

The Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging (LMSI) houses instrumentation that provides imaging capabilities to study both synthetic and biological materials from macroscopic to microscopic length scale.

The MicroDevice Laboratory (MDL) explores military systems applications of emerging nanotechnologies that include: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, micro/nano sensors and actuators, microchemical systems, nanoenergetics, and nanoscale energy harvesting.

Research Centers

Stevens widespread dedication to innovation and entrepreneurship is evident through its many research centers. These well-funded centers focus on such diverse goals as enhancing education in engineering and science, finding unique solutions for the protection of the environment, and addressing the issues posed by natural and man-made maritime systems.

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.


Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education

Since 1988, CIESE programs and activities have reached more than 20,000 educators worldwide through grants and contracts totaling more than $22 million that improve K-12 science and mathematics education through the use of technology. CIESE's mission is 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.

For more information, please visit the: CIESE Web site.

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.

Design & Manufacturing Institute

The Design & Manufacturing Institute (DMI) is an interdisciplinary center that integrates product design, materials processing, and manufacturing expertise with modern software and embedded systems technologies for defense and commercial applications. DMI's multi-discipinary research spans:

  • Knowledge-based Design and Design Process Automation,
  • Engineered Materials and Processes
  • Computational Methods for Product Life & Failure Prediction
  • Emdedded Sensing and Control
  • Micro-Devices for Hazardous Environments
  • Systems Integration

Researchers at DMI use a state-of-the-art, 6,000 square foot facility located on the first floor of the Carnigie Laboratory of Engineering. This facility hosts the following: 

  • Rapid Prototyping: SLA and Z-COR
  • Instron Testing Machine
  • Coordinate Measurement Machine
  • Kitamura 3-Axis CNC Mill
  • 300 Ton Injection Molding Machine
  • 650 F Oven
  • Hygrothermal Environmental Chamber
  • Grinder & Belt Saw

Within the Design and Manufacturing Institute is the MicroDevice Laboratory (MDL), which explores military systems applications of emerging nanotechnologies that include: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, micro/nano sensors and actuators, microchemical systems, nanoenergetics, and nanoscale energy harvesting.

For more information, please visit the DMI Web site.

Center for Environmental Systems

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.

The researchers at the CES, through collaborations with government agencies and industrial partners, work to generate new scientific knowledge, which leads to the creation of innovative technologies, sound environmental policy and sensible resource management. Over the years CES has played an instrumental role in establishing new technologies for environmental control. Companies established as a result of research innovations at the Center for Environmental Systems include:

  • PlasmaSol : PlasmaSol Corporation was founded with the mission to utilize platform plasma technologies for tomorrow's industry. Our plan to achieve this is to continue to develop and in-license, and to promote uses for plasma technology.
  • HydroGlobe : The award-winning environmental company with leading edge, patent-pending products for removal of heavy metals from water at a fraction of the cost of the current technology

For more information, please visit the CES Web site.

Highly Filled Materials Institute

The Highly Filled Materials Institute (HfMI) investigates, both experimentally and theoretically, the rheological behavior, microstructure, processability and ultimate properties of highly filled materials, including suspensions and dispersions with nanoparticles.

HfMI carries out contract research for the government agencies and corporations in various industries, including solid rocket fuels and explosives, detergents, intermediary and final food products, batteries, polymeric master-batches and compounds, construction products, magnetic, and ceramics. HfMI stays in contact with these industries in order to better define its research goals and to focus its efforts and equip its laboratories to address immediate and long-term concerns.

The facilities of HfMI are furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, including a mini-supercomputer and graphic workstations for numerical simulation, industrial-size continuous and batch processors, computerized data acquisition and process control systems, and equipment for characterization of microstructural distributions, magnetic and electrical properties, rheology, wettability and image analysis. The proprietary technologies of HfMI include magnetic shielding methods, on-line rheometry, disposal method for chemical munitions, x-ray-based quantitative degree of mixedness technique, and three-dimensional FEM-based source codes for 3-D simulation of EMF mitigation, extrusion, molding and die flows.

For more information, please visit the HFMI Web site.

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National Centers of Excellence

  • Maritime Security Center (MSC)
  • Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance (CASSIA)
  • Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCeSS)

Research Centers

  • Maritime Security Center (MSC)
  • Center for Maritime Systems (CMS)
  • Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE)
  • NJ Center for Microchemical Systems (NJCMCS)
  • Design and Manufacturing Institute (DMI)
  • Center for Environmental Systems (CEMS)
  • Highly Filled Materials Institute (HFMI)

Multiscale and Nanotechnology Laboratories

Multiscale and Nanotechnology Laboratories at Stevens focus research on nanoscale science to find solutions to real-world problems in science and engineering. The research conducted at Stevens adds to the base of growing knowledge of the properties of nanoscale materials and technologies, and how these might be utilized to to transform the way we live. With applications as wide-ranging as energy, health, electronics, communications, the environment, and national security, nanotechnology represents a vast area of interest for Stevens researchers.

Security Laboratories

Areas of focus in Security research at Stevens include Maritime, Cyber, Information and Communication Networks. These cross-disciplinary research areas represent vital areas of national security today, as we work to protect our geographical borders, critical infrastructure, and communication and trade networks against threats both natural and man-made.