Stevens Institute of Technology Experts Weigh in During Hurricane Irene

9/2/2011

Stevens Institute of Technology experts are often called upon to comment on current events or happenings throughout the region and around the world. The recent events surrounding Hurricane Irene were no exception.

A significant presence in maritime research, Stevens is home to the Department of Homeland Security-funded Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), led by Dr. Michael Bruno, and the Center for Maritime Systems (CMS), led by Dr. Alan Blumberg.

“Stevens has been fortunate to have brought together an outstanding group of ocean and meteorological forecasters and coastal engineers. With their modeling tools and vast array of real-time reporting sensors deployed in waters of NY and NJ they are able to make statements about likely flooding and beach erosion with confidence,” said Dr. Blumberg, George Meade Bond professor and director of the CMS. “The group is often sought after by emergency managers and the press during times of natural events.”

Leading up to, during, and after Hurricane Irene, several of Stevens’ experts were featured prominently in local and national media coverage. Dr. Blumberg, Dr. Philip Orton, post-doctoral research associate, and Dr. Thomas Herrington, associate professor, each contributed to the following:

The Record -http://www.northjersey.com/news/Irene_forces_virtual_shutdown_of_NJ_storm_makes_landfall_in_NC_Saturday.html

Press of Atlantic City - http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/obama-puts-out-disaster-declaration-for-new-jersey-as-hurricane/article_d98c5682-d095-11e0-bcbe-001cc4c03286.html

New York Magazine - http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/08/the_hurricane_of_1821_devastat.html

Star-Ledger - http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/hurricane_irene_loses_some_ste.html

Asbury Park Press - http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011308250042

PlanetSave.com - http://planetsave.com/2011/08/28/scientists-across-the-us-tracking-and-monitoring-hurricane-irene/

Drs. Blumberg, Orton and Herrington were also part of several television and radio news stories: