National Centers of Excellence

Stevens houses three National Centers of Excellence, advanced research facilities selected by the U.S. government to lead national research, development and education efforts to address crucial global needs. Through these centers, Stevens world-class faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate researchers, collaborate with interdisciplinary academic and industry partners to enhance port security and maritime transportation, revolutionize our national defense through systems engineering, and build next-generation small ships for the U.S. Navy. By seeking innovative solutions to address the challenges of science and technology today, these researchers are continuing a storied tradition of innovation at Stevens since its founding as one of the first dedicated engineering schools in the nation.

Maritime Security Center (MSC)

Maritime Security Center at Stevens Institute of TechnologyThe Maritime Security Center (MSC) is a Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) Center of Excellence in port and maritime security that leverages the physical infrastructure and intellectual capital of its academic, industry and government partners.

The MSC conducts innovative research, develops new tools and technologies and provides relevant maritime security-focused educational programs to enhance our nation's maritime domain awareness, the resiliency of our Marine Transportation System (MTS) and the technical skills and leadership capabilities of our current and prospective maritime security workforce. Learn more >>



Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

The Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) led by the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. It consists of a network of 20 prominent research institutions and more than 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. It is the first and largest initiative focused on systems engineering research in the United States. 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 defense systems, services and enterprises. Since the SERC’s founding in September 2008, nearly 40 sponsored systems engineering research projects have been completed or are underway. In 2013, the SERC received the highest contract value award in the university’s history with a $60 million, five-year IDIQ renewal contract from the DoD. 
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Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships

The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCESS) is dedicated to the development of pioneering engineering research to support and advance innovation in ship design and development. With the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology as its lead institution, this consortium of academic and industry partners works to integrate all the engineering disciplines associated with shipbuilding in response to future objectives of the U.S. Navy. Its mission is two-fold: 1) establish 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; and 2) utilizing this unique education and research environment to recruit, train and develop the best and brightest young naval engineers in the U.S. Learn more >>