Dr. Michael Bruno is Honored for Public Service

   Story by Schaefer School of Engineering & Science

January 27, 2010

Stevens Institute of Technology, the Stevens Police Force, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the mayors of Hoboken and Weehawken, and other county and municipal officials met in a morning ceremony on the Stevens campus, January 26, 2010, to honor the public service of Dr. Michael S. Bruno, who serves as Stevens’ Dean of The Schaefer School of Engineering & Science.

Dr. Bruno, along with several members of the Center for Maritime Systems (CMS) at Stevens contributed important services and assistance during two aircraft emergencies that occurred in the Hudson River in January and August of 2009. He was very involved in the operational efforts of the mid-air crash over the Hudson on August 8th, where he, upon being called to the scene, used research models which "indicated that the currents were incoming for the first hour after impact and then strongly outgoing. This helped the NYPD, NJ State Police, FBI Dive teams and the USCG aerial search teams to plan the search."

A statement by Stevens Police Chief Griffin also highlights the efforts of Dr. Bruno during a January incident over the Hudson, "Unbeknownst to many, he was also involved in the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when US Airways Flight 1549 successfully ditched in the Hudson River..."

Among those in attendance to honor Dr. Bruno’s technical assistance during the two aircraft emergencies that occurred near Stevens and in the Hudson River in January and August of 2009 were Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken, Hoboken Chief of Police Anthony Falco, Hoboken Police Captain and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hudson County Sheriff Juan Perez, Hoboken Fire Department Chief Richard Blohm, Hoboken Police Captain James Fitzsimmons (who also served as OEM coordinator and incident commander during the August 2009 mid-air collision), Chief of the Stevens Police Department Timothy Griffin, Deputy Chief of the Stevens Police James Collins, and Hoboken Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Green.

"The main message I want to give," said Dr. Bruno, concluding the ceremony, "is that the folks who really did the important work are seated in the back rows here today. These are the folks who built out the system we’ve been working on for about ten years – the real-time system in the Harbor – that’s how we built up the understanding and the expertise. So I tip my hat to all those who are here today sitting in the back."

For more information on Dr. Bruno please visit his research profile.

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