September 22, 2010
Bruno takes Chair at Marine Board
Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., has been selected as Chairman of the Marine Board, under the auspices of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the National Research Council (NRC).
The Marine Board identifies and responds to critical issues in the area of water transportation, port engineering and management, marine policy, offshore development and operations, naval architecture, and maritime economics. Recommendations of the Marine Board are utilized by the NRC to inform government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities on matters ranging from global warming to homeland security.
"The National Research Council selects committee members for their individual expertise, knowledge, and scientific integrity," says Dr. George P. Korfiatis, Provost and Interim President of Stevens Institute of Technology. "Dr. Bruno's position on the Marine Board honors a career of dedication to scientific inquiry in the national interest."
As a keystone contributor to the Center for Maritime Systems (CMS), Dr. Bruno has revolutionized maritime research and education, encouraging and empowering institutions like Stevens to produce highly-trained naval engineers, crucial to developing a modern and secure port and shipping infrastructure in the U.S. As Director of Davidson Laboratory from 1989-2007, Dr. Bruno re-established the historic center as one of the foremost facilities for testing ships, positioning Stevens as a significant resource for naval engineers. The facilities of Davidson Laboratory, which include a high-speed towing tank, support professional research teams from around the world that visit to conduct tests and model open-ocean and coastal events. Davidson also enriches graduate student education through hands-on experience with these research tools.
"This appointment is clear recognition of Dr. Bruno's outstanding leadership contributions to things marine," says Dr. Alan Blumberg, Stevens Professor and Director of CMS. "His commitment to quality research and teaching continues to serve our nation well."
Dr. Bruno directed the founding of the Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCeSS), a consortium of universities and government agencies supporting research in naval architecture. ACCeSS partners -- which include the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Post Graduate School, University College London, Florida Atlantic University, the Webb Institute, Lockheed Martin, AMSEC LLC (Northrop-Grumman), VT Shipbuilding, and Band-Lavis Associates -- receive funding from the Office of Naval Research and other sources in recognition of their pivotal roles in developing next-generation technologies for the Navy.
In 2009, Dr. Bruno was selected to the U.S. Naval Research Advisory Committee, the senior scientific advisory group to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Chief of Naval Research.
As the founder of the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), a Department of Homeland Security designated National Center of Excellence in Port Security Research, Dr. Bruno is a recognized leader in the critical field of maritime security.
Dr. Bruno is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of numerous scientific and professional committees, and currently serves as the Marine Board Vice Chairman. He will assume the Chair on November 1 and hold the position for two years.