The Center for Secure & Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) at Stevens Hosts Intensive Summer Research Program Focused on Port and Maritime Security

HOBOKEN, N.J. - Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, an eight-week intensive Summer Research Institute is currently being held at Stevens Institute of Technology. The program is designed to provide qualified undergraduate and graduate students with a thorough understanding of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and the Marine Transportation System (MTS) from a homeland security perspective.

Beginning on June 7 and running through July 30, this summer program, in its inaugural year, leverages the CSR’s research expertise in sensor technologies to engage students in challenging, hands-on research designed to tackle critical issues in maritime security. Twenty-six students representing CSR partner universities including Stevens, Rutgers University, University of Miami, University of Puerto Rico, Monmouth University, and four students from the University of Guam, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Morgan State University have been selected to participate.

“The students have rolled up their sleeves from day one and are engaged in real-time research,” said Dr. Michael Bruno, CSR Director and Dean, Charles V. Schaefer Jr., School of Engineering and Science. “At the end of the program, these students will have produced a technical research paper and will be expected to present their research to CSR faculty and DHS officials.”

The theme of this year’s program focuses on small vessel threats to the marine transportation system. Four research areas have been established, and students have been assigned to one of the following groups: acoustics, HF radar, satellites, or systems thinking and resilience. Seminars and lectures are conducted throughout the summer by CSR research faculty, maritime industry representatives and homeland security experts. In addition to the classroom time and hands-on research, students also engage in field visits to local ports, laboratories, and industry and government homeland security sites.

“At Stevens, we are able to expose this diverse and talented group of students to the technology we have as a DHS Center of Excellence,” said Beth DeFares, Director of Education for the CSR. “We are providing them with unique research opportunities, while also enhancing their professional development through writing, communications and technical presentation workshops. As a summer research program, it is our goal to get students interested in the maritime and homeland security domain, and to help build our nation’s future maritime security workforce.”

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Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and