Government Collaboration

The Schaefer school is committed to playing a key role in creating technology and partnerships that support national interests. Below are a few of the government partnerships that SES has established within the past few years.

NOAA/National Ocean Service

An informal collaboration has been established between NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) Operational Forecast Systems Group and Stevens. The goal is of the collaboration is to enhance NOS's scientific predictions about the present and future states of water levels, currents, temperature and salinity in estuaries and coastal areas of the US.

The research topics for the collaboration include: visions of next-generation models, integration/assimilation of data streams into nowcast/forecast modeling systems and the use of High Frequency (HF) Radar to improve model veracity. Product development for use with Search and Rescue Operations, Spill Response and Ship Pilot Forecasts are also part of the joint efforts.

NOS currently maintains operational forecast systems in nine U.S. estuarine and Great Lakes water bodies. The current focus is on the marine products that appear on the NOAA and Stevens (NYHOPS) web site for New York Harbor

Mariners, port managers and the emergency response community are frequent users of the information presented on the Stevens NYHOPS Web site.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

A Partnership Agreement in Systems Engineering Education and Research was signed between the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center and Stevens. The agreement provides for a Systems Engineering Graduate Education Program for the William J. Hughes Technical Center and involves collaboration on the development of systems engineering related research ideas, themes, and topics of mutual interest.

Air Force Institute of Technology

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Stevens and the Air Force Institute of Technology, WPAFB in Dayton, Ohio, with the goal of leveraging the strengths of both organizations towards the betterment of Systems Engineering application and implementation through research, education, and executive training.

The Army Center for Excellence in Systems Engineering

On March 15, 2004, Stevens, a nationally recognized leader in Systems Engineering and Integration research and education partnered with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny, NJ to cooperatively develop an Army Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering. A memorandum of agreement was signed by the Stevens President and Engineering Dean, as well as ARDEC Technical Director, Michael P. Devine and Senior Technical Executive Armament Systems Integration Center, Patrick Serao.

The Systems Engineering (SE) partnership will leverage the strengths of both institutions toward achieving:

  • leadership in implementation and assessment of SE principals and concepts;
  • identification and development of SE implementation templates, tools and metrics;
  • pilot implementation and development of SE case studies;
  • leadership in SE professional and executive education;
  • leadership in SE architecting and integration research and
  • leadership in SE community and organizational citizenship.

"This collaboration aims in helping the U.S. Army to sustain its superiority in developing the next generation of complex armament systems." - Director Devine

ARDEC is the Army's primary developer of armament systems whose focus is on the development of core armament competencies and their integration into processes needed to develop complex systems.

Atlantic Center - U.S. Naval Academy, Lockheed Martin & British University

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is the funding agency for a new and far-reaching naval research and engineering center led by Dr. Michael Bruno, director of the Davidson Laboratory. Located on Stevens campus, the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships involves an impressive consortium of co-investigators, including personnel from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.; University College, London, England; and the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

"Stevens and its partners in the Atlantic Center understand that there is a deteriorating critical mass surrounding classical design centers for naval architecture and marine engineering. Unless this critical mass is regenerated, it is inevitable that U.S. Naval ships will eventually lag in both innovation and technical development." - Dr. Michael Bruno