Campus: CSU Long Beach -- January 03, 2003
Center at California State University, Long Beach
Receives $7.66 Million through U.S. Department of Defense for Work on
Maritime/Port Transportation Technology
The Center for the Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies
(CCDoTT) at Cal State Long Beach has received $7.66 million through
the U.S. Department of Defense for the 2002 fiscal year, announced CSULB
President Robert C. Maxson, who added that another $4.3 million has
also been appropriated for 2003.
CCDoTT will use the funds to continue its research in identifying emerging
transportation technologies for marine transportation and port/terminal
facilities that have both military and commercial applications.
The research is designed to enhance the ability of the Department of
Defense to move vital goods rapidly into and out of ports in support
of rapid deployment to objective areas in the event of a wide-scale
military mobilization. In addition, the research has the potential of
benefiting the commercial sector through improved efficiency of port
“The allocation of these funds shows the confidence the federal
government has in the work being done at the center. It also shows the
importance of the center’s work to our country’s welfare,”
said Maxson, who also expressed his appreciation to Congressman Dana
Rohrabacher and Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald for their support
of the program.
“We’re extremely grateful for the appropriation,”
he added, “and look forward to providing both the government and
the commercial sector with important breakthroughs in improving marine
port and terminal operations.”
Established in 1995, CCDoTT is an academic center at CSULB that focuses
on transportation technologies to enhance the competitive position of
the U.S. commercial marine system and the capability of the Defense
Transportation System (DTS). Sponsored by the U.S. Transportation Command
and the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, the
center partners with military, government, commercial and academic institutions.
“The focus of the center is quite unique in that it addresses
advanced technology develop-ment programs with application to both commercial
and military requirements,” said Marianne Venieris, director of
transportation programs for the CSULB Foundation, which oversees CCDoTT.
“We really have our own niche here because we work so closely
with industry and the community.”
Traditionally, the focus of the center is and has been on technology
development. Now, it is focusing on demonstrations that will validate
both the technology and the related required program integration and
processes in support of both commercial and military operational implementation.
Already familiar with the commercial side of transportation and logistics
because of her involvement with CSULB University College and Extensions
Services’ Center of International Trade and Transportation (CITT),
Venieris said CCDoTT has given her the opportunity to understand the
military aspects of transportation and logistics.
“If there is a national emergency, the Department of Defense will
utilize commercial ports,” Venieris explained. “We cannot
afford to have our ports down here working at less than their optimum
“Our programs in the agile port sector are seeking to assure minimum
disruption of commercial cargo movement within the marine port and terminal
systems in the event of a military cargo surge requirement,” she
continued. “That is the idea behind some of the work the center
does, and it is fascinating to see how the money we spend for the military
comes to benefit the commercial sector.”
CCDoTT’s technology development programs also include high-speed
sealift hull and propulsion developments, agile marine ports and terminal
systems, rapid deployment and intermodal management support tools and
cargo security inspection and oversight.
Among the projects within those programs are the development of a high-speed
trimaran and high-speed waterjet propulsors, a transportation automated
measurement system, an asset tracking system, a command center of the
future and a transportation Internet portal.
Venieris anticipates cuts in future appropriations from the federal
government primarily because of 9/11, which put an increased focus on
security issues for the country. That re-focus, however, could turn
into a positive for CCDoTT.
“You can’t afford to stand still no matter what the money
situation is. You always have to look for new programs and projects,”
Venieris said. “We are extending activities to include more local
organization participation in advanced technology development. We are
also going to look for new initiatives, and those new initiatives will
be, to a large extent, in the area of security technology. With the
security issues that have arisen since 9/11, there are many, many opportunities
to get additional funding and do additional projects. That’s what
we are looking into in the future here.”
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