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.

Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR)

In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Stevens Institute of Technology a Center of Excellence in Port and Maritime Security.
The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), led by Stevens, pulls together  a unique consortium of industry, government and academic partners, dedicated to developing new tools and technologies to safeguard the nation's maritime domain, inland waterways and coastal borders.   CSR is the nation’s lead port security research and education center. Since its'  inception, CSR has conducted innovative research, developed new technologies and delivered educational programs to enhance our nation's maritime security and resilience. It has earned two DHS “Impact Awards” for its emergency response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Hudson River US Airways plane incident. It is involved in port security vessel detection projects to deploy processes, systems, sensors and algorithms for enhanced vessel detection and tracking; monitoring and forecasting ocean conditions and weather; and building a more resilient maritime transportation system. It also works to develop the current and future maritime security workforce through its fellowships and internships; its highly regarded Summer Research Institute (SRI); and its K-12 programs.  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. Learn more >>

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 >>