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Stevens team receives honorable mention at National Sustainable Design Expo

Project demonstrates how to best harness energy from ocean waves

Stevens Institute of Technology

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- A team from Stevens Institute of Technology received an honorable mention in the Third Annual National Sustainable Design Expo, held recently in Washington, D.C. The team of students, staff and faculty was lead by Research Engineer Michael Raftery and included Rustam Stolkin, Research Assistant Professor; Tamara Wainer, a graduate student in The Howe School of Technology Management; and Alan Blumberg, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the Center for Maritime Systems. The group from Stevens was among 41 teams competing in the expo.

The project submitted by Stevens demonstrates how to best harness energy from ocean waves. The device would be anchored on the sea floor and attached by cable to a buoy on ocean's surface. As Raftery explained to Voice of America, laboratory results indicate that a scaled-up, ocean-going version could generate 100 kilowatts of power. "If we can put a few thousand units off the New Jersey coast, then we could replace things like the Ocean Creek Nuclear Power plant," he said. "I believe that we can lead the entire world in a resource that can replace all fossil fuel and nuclear power."


About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 1,850 undergraduate and 2,980 graduate students, and a worldwide online enrollment of 2,250, with a full-time faculty of 140. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at For the latest news about Stevens, please visit

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