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Department of Defense Awards $2.6 Million to CSULB for CCDoTT

Published: November 16, 2009

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $2.6 million to 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 contract 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 with special emphasis on short sea shipping, SeaTrain technology advancement, technology transition and maritime training.

Among the current fiscal year projects are the continuation of the cutting edge ship design optimization system developed by CSULB in coordination with elite European developers and as part of the U.S. Navy’s effort to advance the ship design process; demonstration of a container tracking system developed in partnership with CSULB’s Regional Technology Center in preparation for commercial handoff; a comprehensive assessment of the latest technologies in the new SeaTrain designs, a ship design modeling system tailored to short sea (coastal) shipping to reduce design and construction costs; and a prototype ship designed for short sea shipping service.

“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. Rep. Linda Sánchez. The president also recognized Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Laura Richardson, together with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for their efforts in securing the CCDoTT program funding.

Over the past 14 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, short sea shipping, 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 operational transition of 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.