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Marine Log

March 3, 2008

Stevens Institute to lead port security research effort

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., is partnering with the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, to co-lead a new Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Port Security. Set up under a Department of Homeland Security program, it will conduct research and develop new ways to strengthen maritime domain awareness and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, and remote and extreme environments. Stevens will lead research and education in port security and the University of Hawaii will lead research and education for maritime and island security.

Each of the two schools will receive a grant of up to $2 million a year, over a period of four to six years.

"Congratulations to the Dean of Engineering & Science Michael S. Bruno and the entire team at Stevens who have achieved this recognition, and who will make significant contributions to research that will benefit the nation's maritime and port security infrastructure," said Stevens' Provost & University Vice President George P. Korfiatis. "This recognition is the result of a highly selective national competition among research universities. Stevens' long history of maritime engineering and pre-eminence in the realm of port and harbor security will guarantee for years to come a steady flow of technology advances of national significance as part of the DHS program."

The winning proposal led by Stevens involves other universities including Rutgers University, the University of Miami, MIT, the University of Alaska, and the University of Puerto Rico.

"We look forward to initiating a range of leading-edge research projects to address the complex security issues facing our nation's ports and Marine Transportation System (MTS)," said Dr. Bruno. "Together with our partners, we will break new ground in the integrated use of multi-scale sensors and computer simulation and forecasting models to equip our port security and first-responder communities with the technologies and processes needed to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the MTS, which is responsible for the vast majority of the nation's international commerce. True to the Stevens tradition, we will weave these research activities into our education and professional training programs, to ensure that our students are equipped to contribute immediately to the solutions to these very complex problems."

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