Marine Transportation Systems Research Presented at Summit Conference

A marine transportation systems Director from Stevens Institute of Technology will moderate a plenary presentation at the DHS University Network Summit in Washington.
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March 20, 2009 - PRLog -- Maritime security experts from the National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), a DHS-designated Center of Excellence, will speak on port security issues in Washington, D.C. this week.    CSR conducts multidisciplinary marine research and develops education initiatives in maritime resiliency impacting homeland security.

DHS Office of University Programs, sponsor of the Summit Conference, invited Stevens Institute of Technology President, Harold J. Raveche, as a keynote speaker.  CSR Director, Michael Bruno of Stevens Institute of Technology, will deliver a plenary presentation and will moderate a panel discussion on marine transportation systems resiliency issues.

Dr. Bruno is the Director of Center for Maritime Systems.  His research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, maritime security, and coastal ocean dynamics.  Last year, Dr. Bruno led a team of academic institutions, including Stevens, MIT, Rutgers University, the University of Puerto Rico, and the University of Miami in a successful proposal to receive designation as the DHS National Center of Excellence in Maritime, Island, and Extreme Environment Security.  Dr. Bruno was also the founder and Principal Investigator of the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships – funded by the Office of Naval Research.  The Center includes the U.S. Naval Academy, University College London, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, and the Naval Postgraduate School, and directs university-industry collaborative research and educational programs in support of the ship design community.  

The National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) provides expertise in national Marine Transportation System (MTS) policy, ocean engineering, maritime security, marine sciences, satellite and radar remote sensing, marine transportation and logistics, systems engineering, oceanography, computer science, naval architecture, physics, sociology, psychology, US and international law, and economics.  CSR goals are:

• Improving port security, coastal security and the security of offshore (Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ) operations and leveraging security investments to also improve economic performance;

• Improving emergency response to events in the maritime domain; and

• Improving the resiliency of the MTS, offshore operations, and our nation’s coastal environments.

Also attending is Dr. Hady Salloum, CSR Director of Port Security Initiatives.  Dr. Salloum was instrumental in winning the award from the Department of Homeland Security for a National Center of Excellence for Port Security led by Stevens. He joined the Maritime Security Laboratory (MSL) at Stevens Institute of Technology as Director of Technology Applications.  Among his maritime security research interests are maritime ATFP research and technology and maritime integrated environmental model-assisted surveillance.

For more information about CSR research on maritime security resiliency issues, please visit us at

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About National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce
Stevens Institute of Technology has been designated as a lead institution for one of the recently announced DHS Centers of Excellence. The mission of National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce is to strengthen maritime domain awareness and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, ports, and remote and extreme environments. For more information, please visit us at
Source:Barbara Ehrlich
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