Review & outlook 2005: Research at Stevens hits new highs

August 01, 2005

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The Office of Institute Technology Initiatives at Stevens Institute of Technology reports that FY 2005 research expenditures hit an all-time high at the fast-growing institution: $30.1 million, with a projected growth to $50 million annually by 2009.

"This is quite phenomenal when you consider where Stevens was even five years ago," said Stevens' VP for Institute Technology Initiatives, Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski. "Our highly developed expertise in computer science and engineering, maritime systems, systems engineering and nanoscale technologies has resulted in major growth of funded research. Our high-tech applications for homeland security and defense have been of particular interest to government science and technology agencies."

In July, in partnership with the US Navy, Wisniewski announced the debut of a unique research facility, the Secure Infrastructure Technology Laboratory (SINTEL). The lab was established with an initial grant of $6.8 million from the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). An additional $6 million is earmarked for FY 2006.

"SINTEL is a synthesis and expansion of Stevens' already vast expertise in the area of homeland security technologies," said Stevens' President Dr. Harold J. Raveché. "It will serve the needs of the US Navy and others by leveraging several existing research centers, which are already engaged in Naval Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection work, as well as infrastructure security research."

Also in 2005, Stevens accomplished the first sale of a Technogenesis Company based on a set of Stevens environmental technology patents. HydroGlobe, a start-up company offering unique processes for filtering heavy metals - such as lead and arsenic - from drinking water, was sold to Graver Technologies Inc. for $2 million plus patent licensing fees and a share in future sales of products and processes based on the HydroGlobe technologies.

Attila Technologies LLC, a new Technogenesis® Company, was recently launched by Dr. Wisniewski. Attila Technologies is a wireless communications company that provides continuous broadband, on-demand communication devices and services that function despite saturated airways.

Attila's technology is critical to developing a communication system that cannot be interrupted, or jammed, resulting in ultra-reliable, high-speed communications. Attila's products are based on patent-pending, break-through technology that was developed at Stevens' Wireless Network Security Center (WiNSeC), by Dr. Patrick E. White, Director of WiNSeC, and researcher Nicholas Girard, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Dr. White and Mr. Girard are both co-founders of Attila.

Dr. Wisniewski, who is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Attila, announced that Mr. John E. Bischoff, the former Vice President of Operations and Finance AOL, has accepted the position of CEO of Attila Technologies.

"Attila's approach solves the two most important problems faced by first responders in a disaster, as stated by the Department of Homeland Security - continuous communications and interoperability," said Wisniewski. "Therefore, Attila's initial market will be first responders." Interoperability is another critical need in a disaster situation because it provides the ability to interconnect diverse first-responder agencies (e.g., federal, state and local police agencies, fire departments) responding to major emergencies, a critical shortcoming in emergency response planning.

"Additional applications of Attila include delivery of high resolution mug shots to patrol cars operating in the field, or to transmit crime-scene videos to headquarters command centers, both done efficiently and at low cost without having to build an entirely new infrastructure," said WiNSeC's Dr. White.

Projections for market potential over five years are in the billion-dollar range.

Stevens' Center for Maritime Systems (CMS) has also been strongly active in research areas that are of interest to government agencies and corporate partners.

The New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS) is an open-access network of distributed sensors and linked computer estuarine and coastal ocean forecasting models. The system is designed to allow for the real-time assessment of ocean, weather, and environmental conditions throughout the New York Harbor region, and forecast of conditions several days into the future.

"This is a comparatively new research field called operational oceanography," said Dr. Alan Blumberg of CMS, "which brings together expertise in ocean physics, coastal engineering and computer science." NYHOPS is an innovative force for implementing, testing, and verifying new computational and observational technologies for urban and coastal ocean applications. The program forges a working partnership among the US Navy, NOAA and state agencies to create a modeling/observation system that functions as both an operational product and a research tool. The knowledge yielded can used to foster the economic and environmental well-being of the New York Harbor region. The Department of Homeland Security is also working with the experts in the NYHOPS program to study the tracking of potential hazardous agents released in the NY/NJ urban environment.

"For Stevens, FY 2006 holds great potential for research growth in nanoscale and biomedical engineering, wireless network and optical sensory technologies for homeland security and bioinformatics for pharmaceutical discovery and other advances," said Thomas Corcoran, Chair of the Stevens' Board of Trustees Research and Technology Commercialization Committee.

The well-known engineering school across the Hudson from Manhattan has many exciting stories to offer in the year ahead.
-end-
About Stevens Institute of Technology

Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at www.Stevens.edu.

For the latest news about Stevens, please visit www.StevensNewsService.com.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Related Engineering Articles from Brightsurf:

Re-engineering antibodies for COVID-19
Catholic University of America researcher uses 'in silico' analysis to fast-track passive immunity

Next frontier in bacterial engineering
A new technique overcomes a serious hurdle in the field of bacterial design and engineering.

COVID-19 and the role of tissue engineering
Tissue engineering has a unique set of tools and technologies for developing preventive strategies, diagnostics, and treatments that can play an important role during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Engineering the meniscus
Damage to the meniscus is common, but there remains an unmet need for improved restorative therapies that can overcome poor healing in the avascular regions.

Artificially engineering the intestine
Short bowel syndrome is a debilitating condition with few treatment options, and these treatments have limited efficacy.

Reverse engineering the fireworks of life
An interdisciplinary team of Princeton researchers has successfully reverse engineered the components and sequence of events that lead to microtubule branching.

New method for engineering metabolic pathways
Two approaches provide a faster way to create enzymes and analyze their reactions, leading to the design of more complex molecules.

Engineering for high-speed devices
A research team from the University of Delaware has developed cutting-edge technology for photonics devices that could enable faster communications between phones and computers.

Breakthrough in blood vessel engineering
Growing functional blood vessel networks is no easy task. Previously, other groups have made networks that span millimeters in size.

Next-gen batteries possible with new engineering approach
Dramatically longer-lasting, faster-charging and safer lithium metal batteries may be possible, according to Penn State research, recently published in Nature Energy.

Read More: Engineering News and Engineering Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.