UM Students, Faculty Participate in Center for Secure & Resilient Maritime Commerce

Eight-week research program to tackle critical issues in maritime domain awareness, emergency response, and maritime system resilience

UM Students

HOBOKEN, N.J. — This week the National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) launched its inaugural Summer Research Institute on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The Summer Research Institute is providing four students from the University of Miami (UM) — Blake Picolo, Angelica Sogor, Andreas Graber, Tiffany Walter — along with 22 students from other CSR partner schools with the opportunity to participate in an intensive eight-week research program designed to tackle critical issues in maritime domain awareness, emergency response, and maritime system resilience to enhance our nation’s maritime security.

UM faculty members Dr. Hans Graber and Roland Romeiser of the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science’s Applied Marine Physics divison and Dr. Shahriar Negahdaripour of the UM College of Engineering are among the faculty involved in this highly-collaborative summer program. They will be working with students who are divided into teams that contain at least one Ph.D. per group, a mix of majors, and representation from different academic institutions.

“The CSR Summer Institute is a truly unique enterprise, building on our overarching approach of education informed by research, and taking this approach one step further. CSR researchers and students from a dozen different disciplines and 8 different universities will work together and learn together and - by the end of the summer - solve problems together. We have great expectations, and with the talent we've assembled, I know that we won't be disappointed!” said Dr. Michael Bruno, director of the CSR and dean of the Charles V. Schaefer School of Engineering and Science.

Summer program overview:

  • Focus on research issues related to Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), Transportation Systems Design for Resilience, and Cognitive Ports.
  • Engage in thought-provoking seminars and lectures by CSR researchers, maritime industry and government experts.
  • Participate in modeling and simulation projects, data collection, and real-time analysis.
  • Visit ports, laboratories, and industry and government sites.
  • Prepare final reports and present research findings and conclusions to CSR researchers and Department of Homeland Security officials.

“This type of advanced summer research opportunity provides an invaluable experience for students to have the chance to work with the latest generation of sensor data, models and instrumentation in addressing maritime security issues,” said Dr. Hans Graber, UM professor and executive director of the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS), whose facility will provide satellite images for students to use throughout the summer program. “Working with noted scientists from the partner universities, these students will become actively engaged in learning the complexities of the marine environment and how crucial it is to our nation.”

Following this year’s inaugural offering at Stevens Institute of Technology, the Summer Research Institute will rotate locations among its CSR partner schools.

Stevens Institute of Technology was in 2008 named by the US Department of Homeland Security as one of five national Centers of Excellence and was selected to lead a national research effort to address Port Security. Stevens was one of 11 universities to partner with the DHS in its efforts. The Department’s partners serve as important team members for conducting multi-disciplinary research and creating innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions.

The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), along with the University of Hawaii’s National Center for Islands, Maritime, and Extreme Environments Security (CIMES), are the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Extreme/Remote Environment Security. The two Centers have parallel objectives and complementary expertise and their close coordination enhances the capabilities of each. The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce at Stevens, focuses on sensors, modeling and analysis to improve maritime domain awareness. The center also addresses the question: can a marine transportation system be designed for the United States that is resilient to man-made and natural threats.

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University, is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis¨, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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