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Stevens Institute of Technology, in Conjunction with the CSR, Receives DHS Career Development Grant to Support Three Master’s Degree Fellowships

Hoboken, NJ – With collaboration from the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), Stevens Institute of Technology has received its first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Career Development Grant.

The DHS Career Development Grant will provide for full-tuition support and generous monthly stipends for three full-time students entering the Master's Degree program in Maritime Systems with a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security. Applications for the fellowship program will be accepted through November 15, 2010. Stevens anticipates the first student will begin the program in spring 2011, with the two other students joining in the fall semester.

The objective of the fellowship program is to enhance the knowledge base, technical skills, and leadership capabilities of our nation’s future maritime security workforce and to provide greater access and support for U.S. students pursuing a homeland security-focused Master's Degree in Maritime Systems. This program will create enhanced experiential opportunities and direct pathways for highly skilled students to obtain technical leadership positions in the maritime security domain. 

"With the Port of New York and New Jersey as the backdrop, technical studies of maritime systems and research into port security at Stevens is a terrific opportunity for any student who wants to participate in today's ever-changing world of international trade and transportation,” states Dr. Thomas Wakeman, Director, Maritime Systems and Deputy Director, Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR). “The fellowship program will enable students to participate in a unique educational experience, collaborating closely with faculty and key stakeholders in the maritime industry and homeland security domains.”

Dr. Barry Bunin, Co-Director Maritime Systems and Chief Architect and Laboratory Director, Maritime Security Laboratory (MSL) continues: "We need strong, well-educated leaders to help keep our nation’s ports and vessels safe. This program will enable our students to become industry leaders in this critical field.  Through the DHS Career Development Grant we will be able to provide qualified, high-potential students with the opportunity to pursue advanced academic study in Maritime Systems and Security where they might not have been able to do so otherwise. This is truly a unique opportunity for our students and for Stevens Institute of Technology.”

 To learn more about the fellowship program, please visit the Maritime Systems website at and click on “Fellowship Opportunities.”

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, 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 2,200 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

About The National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce

Established in 2008 and led by Stevens Institute of Technology, the National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) serves as the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) lead port security research and education center, conducting innovative research and developing new technologies to enhance our nation's maritime security, and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, ports, and remote and extreme environments. 

The National 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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Extreme/Remote Environment Security.

Additional information about the CSR can be found on the Center’s website at