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Stevens Institute of Technology, in Conjunction with the CSR, Awarded Second DHS Career Development Grant

Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), has been awarded its second DHS Science and Technology Career Development Grant (CDG).  The award will complement Stevens’ existing DHS funded Maritime Systems Fellowship program and will provide full-tuition support and stipends for three new full-time students pursuing a Master's Degree in Maritime Systems with a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security starting with the spring and summer2012 semesters.

“The objective of the DHS CDG is to provide opportunities for U.S. students to pursue advanced academic study and research in the homeland security domain,” said Beth Austin DeFares, CSR Director of Education and Coordinator of the Maritime Systems Master’s Degree Fellowship program. “As the lead university in the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Center of Excellence for Maritime and Port Security, it is only fitting that Stevens receive this award and continue to support DHS’s efforts to enhance the technical skills and leadership capabilities of our next generation of maritime homeland security professionals.”

Last year’s fellowship recipients were Christopher Francis, Brandon Gorton, and Danielle Holden, who are all currently enrolled full-time in Stevens Maritime Systems program. 

In addition to full-time enrollment, fellowship recipients are also required to complete a Master’s Thesis and participate in two consecutive summer internship programs. Following the tenure of their fellowship programs, the students have pledged their commitment to working a minimum of one year in the maritime and homeland security domain.

“This is a unique opportunity for exceptional students to be mentored by faculty who are leading researchers and practitioners in the field of maritime security, and to focus on problems critical to homeland security,” said Dr. Barry Bunin, Research Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering and Academic Advisor for the Maritime Systems Fellowship program.

Qualified students may submit online applications starting early October through November 15, 2011. Additional information about the fellowship program and the criteria for admission can be found on the Maritime Systems Fellowship Opportunities webpage.

About the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce

Stevens Institute of Technology was in 2008 named by the US Department of Homeland Security as one of five national Centers of Excellence and was selected to lead a national research effort to address Port Security. Stevens was one of 11 universities to partner with the DHS in its efforts. The Department’s partners serve as important team members for conducting multi-disciplinary research and creating innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions.

The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), along with the University of Hawaii’s National Center for Islands, Maritime, and Extreme Environments Security (CIMES), are the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Extreme/Remote Environment Security (MIREES). The two Centers have parallel objectives and complementary expertise and their close coordination enhances the capabilities of each.  The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce at Stevens, focuses on sensors, modeling and analysis to improve maritime domain awareness. The center also addresses the question: can a marine transportation system be designed for the United States that is resilient to man-made and natural threats.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, 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 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 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