March 5, 2013
Ms. Carolyn Imamura, from CSR's partner organization, the Pacific Basin Development Council (PBDC), led a delegation of representatives from the Pacific Islands of American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands, in a visit and discussion with Dr. Michael Bruno, founding director CSR, at Stevens Institute of Technology on February 23, 2013.
As part of a series of meetings with representatives from the U.S. Government in Washington, DC, the PBDC representatives were invited to visit the CSR facilities located at the Stevens campus in Hoboken, NJ. The purpose of the meeting was to demonstrate and discuss the center's tools and technologies that are currently being developed and deployed to enhance maritime domain awareness in the areas of most concern to the PBDC and the U.S. island territories.
The PBDC is a non-profit organization established in the 1980's by the governors of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam and Hawaii, to focus on the economic and social development concerns of the Pacific Islands. The organization actively engages in projects and research initiatives in the interest of enhancing the economic development and the safety and security of the Pacific Island territories from natural and man-made threats. In 2010 the PBDC sponsored the participation of two students from the University of Guam to participate in the CSR's Summer Research Institute.