Campus: Long Beach - April 3, 2007

U.S. Department of Defense Awards $4 Million to CSULB to Support Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $4 million to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to support the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT) in its ongoing fiscal year program, CSULB President F. King Alexander announced.

Awarded through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Naval Research, the funding received under this agreement will be directed to developing technologies for dual use applications involving commercial and military ocean transport interests, as well as defense-related programs involving force transformation and force projection.

Among CCDoTT's current fiscal-year projects: a maglev cargo movement system implementation, an agile port demonstration evaluation, and the adaptation of aerospace design tools to advance high speed ship hull designs.

"This continued funding further supports the research efforts of Cal State Long Beach in addressing the immediate needs of commerce throughout our region and the nation. It also provides real world evidence of the significance of the work that our institution provides to society," Alexander said. "We appreciate the continued support of the Department of Defense through its Office of Naval Research, and we will work diligently to keep that confidence and trust."

Alexander extended special thanks to U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Juanita Millender McDonald, together with Sens. Daniel Inouye, Dianne Feinstein and, in particular, Barbara Boxer, for their efforts in securing the CCDoTT program funding.

Over the past 10 years, CCDoTT has undertaken a wide range of contractual efforts involving universities and commercial maritime technical organizations. Research and development efforts have involved high speed ships, agile ports, military related rapid deployment requirements, seabasing and command and control functions.

CCDoTT is a partnership of academic institutions, government and commercial entities. It was formed to enable the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation and other sponsors to leverage advanced technologies in solving defense and commercial transportation infrastructure problems; conduct research and development for commercial and defense related infrastructure issues and provide a technology transfer/dual use bridge between government, military and commercial maritime industry interests.

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