Stevens professor to speak during Princeton lecture series

Michael Bruno will address advances in coastal ocean observation technologies

Michael S. Bruno, Director of the Center for Maritime Systems and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, will present the talk, "Advances in Coastal Ocean Observation Technologies," Saturday February 11, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. at Princeton University's MBG Auditorium. The presentation is part of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's Science on Saturday Lecture Series 2006, a series of talks geared toward high school students but open to all. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Facility.

Since 1998, Stevens has been developing a network of operational coastal ocean and estuary sensors that provide real-time observations of weather and ocean conditions throughout the region. As the network has expanded, and experience has been gained in the operation of the sensors and in the specialized needs of the array of data users, the system has evolved significantly. A forecasting component has been added, and 48-hour forecasts of weather and ocean conditions throughout the region are provided via the Internet, at The Stevens system is now an important tool for the navigation, fishing, emergency management, and first responder communities. It also serves as a test-bed for new ocean observing technologies.

Bruno's presentation will address the technical details of the system, the essential partnering with the user community and the unique challenges associated with constructing an operational ocean observing and forecasting system in an urbanized coastal ocean region. He will also discuss future applications of coastal ocean observing systems to the array of short- and long-term issues confronting our society.

Bruno's research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, coastal ocean dynamics, maritime security and estuary and ocean water quality. He is the author of more than 80 technical publications in various aspects of the field. Bruno serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering; secretary-general of the Pan American Federation of Coastal and Ocean Engineers; member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium and the Hudson River Environmental Society; and a member of the New Jersey Beach Erosion Commission, the New Jersey Technical Reef Advisory Committee, and the New Jersey Maritime Advisory Council.

He recently completed service on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Homeland Security. He received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1991 and the Outstanding Service Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1988. He received an award as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1996. Bruno has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctorate in civil and ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


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. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, 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

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