The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $5 million to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to support the the campus’ Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies (CCDoTT), 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. Special emphasis will be placed on effectively utilizing the research capabilities of CSULB and its academic partners at the University of New Orleans for a naval architecture project in the area of American Marine Highway (AMH), and the University of Liege in Belgium for hydrographic tools development.
The CSULB Innovation Cell program will include 14 projects in this cycle.
Current fiscal year projects include priority activities requested by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N-42 Strategic Sealift relating to sea train systems, high speed ship design tools, and dual use of AMH ships for use as Ready Reserve Force ships. These projects support the new Dual Use Vessel Development Plan developed by the Navy (N-42) and commercial interests.
“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 for her critical support and understanding of the nature of the programs to the university, state and nation. The president also recognized Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Laura Richardson, together with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, for their efforts in securing the CCDoTT program funding.
Over the past 15 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.