Research Centers & Labs

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The Stevens research community maintains two National Centers of Excellence as well as additional leading-edge centers and laboratories.

Our National Centers of Excellence 

Stevens houses two National Centers of Excellence -- advanced research facilities selected by the U.S. government to lead national research, development and education efforts to address crucial global needs. Through these centers, Stevens world-class faculty, as well as undergraduate and graduate researchers, collaborate with interdisciplinary academic and industry partners to enhance port security and maritime transportation and to revolutionize our national defense through systems engineering.

Maritime Security Center (MSC)

Shipping containersIn 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate selected Stevens Institute of Technology as the lead university in the Maritime Security Center (MSC). The MSC provides education programs and conducts research to enhance port and maritime security.


Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)

graphic of globe In 2008, the Department of Defense (DoD) competitively awarded Stevens a contract to operate the SERC-UARC, housed within the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), in order to enhance and enable the development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex defense systems, services and enterprises. The SERC-UARC consists of 22 collaborating institutions.


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Core Research Areas

The university has chosen to exert particular energy and focus on 11 specific strategic areas that will be critical to national and global planning, governance and infrastructure — as well as our safety, security and well-being — in the future.