Research and Facilities

Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR)

Established in 2008, 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, delivering educational programs, 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.

As part of its' mission, the CSR actively serves to develop and enhance our nation's maritime domain awareness and security capabilities by transferring its research into highly relevant graduate education, professional development programs, and innovative K-12 programs and workshops.

The Center for Maritime Systems

The Center for Maritime Systems works to preserve and secure our nation's maritime resources and assets through collaborative knowledge development, innovation and invention, and education and training. This Center has become the world's leader in delivering new knowledge, advanced technology, and education in support of the maritime community.It uniquely integrates the fields of naval architecture, coastal and ocean engineering, physical oceanography, marine hydrodynamics and maritime security 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 and man-made maritime systems. The inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students in this collaborative research endeavor continues the Stevens tradition of Technogenesis® - where students, faculty and industry jointly nurture new technologies to the benefit of society. The Center is composed of four integrated laboratory activities and three support groups. Point of Contact: Dr. Alan F. Blumberg ([email protected])

The Maritime Security Laboratory

The Maritime Security Laboratory (MSL) researches, develops and evaluates technologies aimed at detecting and characterizing current and emerging maritime threats.  MSL addresses threats across multiple timescales, ranging from human-planned attacks to coastal hazards using assets including acoustic and infrared sensors; vessels and vehicles; and prediction tools focused on the surface, underwater, and urban realms.

In-harbor protection requires layered, sophisticated technologies for detection and characterization of surface and submerged intruders ' often in highly variable estuarine environments.  MSL has substantial expertise understanding and operating in complex urban estuaries and harbors where currents, salinity, temperature, water level, vessel traffic, and acoustic properties fluctuate strongly in space and rapidly in time.

Through close collaboration with government agencies, our R&D approaches are aimed to secure harbors throughout the world for anti-terrorism/force protection (AT/FP) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Stevens's Davidson Laboratory is one of the world's leading ocean engineering and naval architecture research facilities. The laboratory conducts physical model (towing tank) and computer model studies of marine craft and ocean structures, as well as model studies and field investigations of marine environmental problems such as contaminated sediment transport and oil spill fate and effects. The laboratory's research facilities are among the largest of any university in the nation, and include a 320 foot long high-speed towing tank and a 75 foot square maneuvering basin. The laboratory's fieldwork capabilities are provided by two fully-equipped coastal and estuary research vessels and a full compliment of oceanographic instrumentation.

The Center for Environmental Engineering assists industry, government and environmental service organizations by providing research and testing services to develop and apply innovative environmental technologies. The James C. Nicoll, Jr. Environmental Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a large, high-bay process testing laboratory and fully automated instrumentation for the analysis of organic and inorganic materials and metals.

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