Maritime Security Center (MSC)
Stevens Institute of Technology
Babbio Center, 6th Floor
525 River Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: (201) 216-8575
The Maritime Security Center, led by Stevens Institute of Technology, enhances Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and develops strategies to support Marine Transportation System (MTS) resilience and educational programs for current and aspiring homeland security practitioners.
Dr. Hady Salloum, MSC Director
MSC Research Areas:
Maritime Risk, Threat Analysis, and Resilience
Mobile Modular Maritime Domain Awareness (M3DA)
Maritime Cybersecurity- The Maritime Security Center (MSC) is pleased to announce that ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has been awarded a research contract by the DHS Center of Excellence for Maritime and Port Security for a two-year research program focused on defining risk-based performance standards for maritime cyber risk management, as well as criteria for establishing a framework for maritime cyber policy among other areas.
The award is the result of a competitive request for proposals announced by the Center in March 2016. A press release on the ABS Maritime Cybersecurity research award can be found via the following link: Press Release
Satellite Sensing– CSTARS at the University of Miami leads the Center’s research in the area of Satellite synthetic aperture radar systems for enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA). Open ocean satellite-based surveillance is a key capability in the development of MDA, particularly with respect to ship detection, classification and identification. Satellite synthetic aperture radars (SARs) have been demonstrated to be able to detect vessels of medium to large lengths. New satellite systems have improved imaging modes and spatial resolutions to allow detections of even smaller boats and non-emitting targets.
The Center’s Satellite MDA research includes the testing of satellite data and products for integration into DHS’s Coastal Surveillance Systems operating at the Air & Marine Operations Center (AMOC).
Port Resilience - Florida Atlantic University is leading the Center's efforts to develop a cost-effective port resiliency assessment and planning tool that can be adapted, through a choice of interchangeable
event modules to assess and plan for evolving threats and hazards to a port and its waterside and landside distribution capacity.
Discussion-Based Tabletop Exercises - MSC Research PIs from Louisiana State University (LSU) are leading the Center's efforts to develop discussion-based tabletop exercises to support port facility emergency response and preparedness capabilities.
Over the past year, LSU has worked in conjunction with the Port of New Orleans and USCG Sector New Orleans to develop and deliver a hypothetical active shooter exercise, and have collaborated with the Sector New York Area Maritime Security Committee to support a series of cyber threat exercises tailored to container facility operators, passenger ferries, and oil and gas terminal operators.
The objective of the Center’s work in this area is to build a web-based repository of scenarios and exercise templates that can be used and customized by the USCG and port facility operators across the country.
MSC Education Publications:
Austin-DeFares, Beth and Bunin, B., (2015) The Impacts and Benefits of Engaging STEM Students in Maritime Security Research, Marine Technology Society Journal, Blue Futures: Educating the Next Generation, pp. 45-52(8)
DeFares, B., Pullen, J., and Bunin, B. (2014) Maritime Security Summer Research Institute, Cases on Research and Knowledge Discovery: Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, Chapter 5, IGI Global Press
Student Opportunities at MSC
Summer Research: The Summer Research Institute (SRI) provides undergraduate and graduate students a unique 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.
This highly-collaborative, hands-on summer research program emphasizes critical thinking and multidisciplinary research to generate innovative ideas and solutions to address complex maritime security issues.
Since the program’s inception in 2010, 116 high-achieving engineering and science students representing more than 20 U.S. universities have participated in the summer research program. SRI student participants have produced high quality research outcomes and the development of new tools and technologies that have had direct impact to end-users and stakeholders.
SRI student research projects have included:
SRI 2016 Student Research Projects
Environmental and Urban Noise Acoustics
Underwater Acoustics - Effects of Buoy Noise on Underwater Passive Acoustic Detection Systems
Maritime Cybersecurity Threats and Vulnerabilities
SRI 2015 Student Research Projects:
Magello Emergency Response Tool
SRI 2014 Student Research Projects:
Acoustic Vessel Signature Analysis for Automated Vessel Classification
Magello Emergency Response Tool: End-user Test and Evaluation
Maritime Incident Scenario Development and LNG Safety and Security
Technology Integration and Synergies: Radar, Optics and AIS
SRI 2013 Student Research Projects:
CBP Trade Facilitation Case Study
Detection Technology Synergies
HF Radar Data Integration
The SRI is held annually from June - July, on-campus at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. For more information, please visit http://www.stevens.edu/ses/msc/education/summer-research-institute.
DHS CDG Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowships
Stevens Institute of Technology as been awarded DHS Career Development Grant awards to provide a total of nine fully-funded Master's Degree Fellowships in Maritime Systems with a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Security. The Center has also received support to provide two Doctoral Fellowships in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Homeland Security and Maritime Security.
Program: The objective of the fellowship programs is to enhance the knowledge base, technical skills, and leadership capabilities of our nation's future maritime security workforce. The fellowship program provides enhanced experiential learning opportunities and direct pathways for highly skilled students to obtain technical leadership positions in the maritime security domain.
For more information, please visit Stevens Maritime Systems Fellowship Opportunities at http://www.stevens.edu/ses/ceoe/graduate/masters/maritime/fellowship-opportunities
To learn about Stevens DHS CDG Fellowship recipients and program alumni please visit the following web link: Stevens DHS CDG Fellows.
Stevens Institute of Technology (Lead University)
Hady Salloum, MSC Director and Associate Dean for Research – Phone: 201.216.8575 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Austin-DeFares, Director of Education – Phone: 201.216.5362 / Email: email@example.com
University of Miami - CSTARS
Hans Graber, Director, CSTARS – Phone: 305.421.4952 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez (UPRM)
Jorge Corredor, Professor, Chemical Oceanography - Phone: 787.899.2048 ext. 244 / Email: email@example.com
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)
Jinchun Yuan, Professor - Phone: 252.335.3676 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
Manhar Dhankar, Professor and Director, SeaTech, Phone: 954.924.7242 / Email: email@example.com
Louisiana State University – Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (LSU SDMI)
Brant Mitchell, Director, SDMI – Phone: 225.578.5939 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)
The Pacific Basin Development Council (PBDC)
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