The Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology is a global leader in delivering new knowledge, advanced technologies and higher education in support of forecasting for extreme weather events, coastal resilience and marine hydrodynamics.

About the Davidson Laboratory

Founded in 1935, the Davidson Laboratory is one of the largest and most widely renowned hydrodynamic and ocean engineering research facilities in the nation. Founded in 1935, the Davidson Lab has conducted physical experiments on marine craft and marine and coastal structures to determine how they interact with their environment.

  • The Lab's unique facilities and special expertise are utilized daily by more than 4,000 marine, aerospace and defense industry leaders, federal and municipal agencies, and a host of private and academic research groups.
  • Davidson Lab experts also create innovative infrastructure and coastline rebuilding solutions, and assess the effectiveness of municipal shore protection initiatives, beach erosion mitigation plans and zoning laws to prepare for future natural disasters.
Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy
The Davidson Laboratory provided essential forecast models during Hurricane Sandy (2012) for flood levels and coastal conditions in and around the New Jersey, New York metro area.

The Davidson Lab uniquely integrates the fields of naval architecture, coastal and ocean engineering, physical oceanography, marine hydrodynamics and maritime systems to create a trans-disciplinary enterprise that can address both the highly specialized issues confronting each discipline, as well as the more complex, integrated issues facing natural systems and human-made maritime activities. The inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students in this collaborative research endeavor continues a long Stevens tradition in which students, faculty and industry jointly create new technologies to address societal and environmental challenges.

The Davidson Lab supports academics in areas such as: naval architecture, marine hydrodynamics and coastal observing systems.