Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce to be Represented at the 5th Annual DHS University Network Summit in Washington, DC

 Hoboken, NJ – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology University Programs Directorate has selected three student teams from the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) Summer Research Institute (SRI) to present their research findings at the 5th Annual DHS University Network Summit. Held March 29 - April 1, 2011 in Washington, DC, the Summit will feature lead authors from the SRI Acoustics and Electro-Optics, HF Radar and Systems Thinking teams as they present research posters and oral presentations on the work they conducted during the eight-week intensive summer research program.

“The DHS Student Poster contest is very competitive. The fact that all three of the SRI student team submissions were awarded and selected for presentation is a tremendous testament to the quality of our students’ research and to the summer research program itself,” stated Beth Austin DeFares, Director of Education for the CSR.  
The winning SRI student team submissions include:
       A Study of Small Vessel Threats Using Acoustic and Electro-optic Technologies (Student authors: Andreas Graber, Qing Li, Saiyam Shah, Walter Seme, Ariel Marrero, and Wojciech Czerwonka)
       Aiding in the Prevention of Terrorist Attacks in the Hudson River Through Detection of Small Vessels with UHF Radar (Student authors: Angelica Sogor, Lenny Llauger, Omar Lopez, Shankar Nilakantan, Danielle Holden, and Dakota Hahn)
       Systems Thinking Approach to Small Vessel Security (Student authors: Leonid Lantsman, Hardik Gajjar, Nazanin Andalibi, Blake Cignarella, Tanaira Cullens, Jose Mesa, and Tiffany Walter)
In addition to the student teams, Talmor Meir, SRI 2010 participant and graduate student at Stevens, was also selected to present her research at the University Network Summit.  This is Meir's second consecutive year as a DHS student poster winner.
White paper submissions by CSR faculty members Dr. Brian Sauser and Drs. Roshanak Nilchiani and Ali Mostashari were also recognized and selected for presentation.  Dr. Sauser's white paper entitled Modeling the Influence of ZEROTH Responders was co-authored in part by Qing Li, SRI participant and PhD student at Stevens. Nazanine Andalibi, SRI participant and Stevens master's degree student served as a co-author on Drs. Nilchiani and Mostashari’s paper entitled Architecting Cognitive Port Processes and Port Resilience.
“CSR researchers and students from a dozen different disciplines and eight different universities worked together to produce quality research and long-lasting professional networks,” said Dr. Michael Bruno, Director of the CSR and Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens. “I am very pleased to see the significant presence and participation of the CSR faculty and students in the upcoming DHS University Summit.”
Dr. Bruno will host a panel session on The Role of Transportation in Community and Individual-level Resilience and Dr. Thomas Wakeman will host a panel session on System Optimization for Mitigation, Response, and Recovery, at the Summit as well.
About The National 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 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 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 the United States Marine Transportation System be designed to be 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