The research I conducted while in the Maritime Security Center of the Stevens Institute of Technology was aiming in the pro-active and re-active protection of high value and critical maritime energy assets such as offshore oil and gas platforms and drill ships. I evaluated a number of model-based and expert-based security and vulnerability risk analysis methods for the simulation of maritime threat scenarios considering security breach incidents such as terrorist attacks, piracy, cyber-attacks, insider-lead sabotage and others. During this time I attended a number of seminars and lectures in risk analysis and systems engineering. I attended an 8-week course on Teaching at the College Level which provided me with a greater understanding of the principles that underlie teaching and learning while equipping me with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in developing courses, delivering content, and managing a variety of classroom settings. I participated as an observer to a graduate course on Financial Cybersecurity Risk Management and experienced the US academic classroom environment. I also attended a conference on Offshore Wind Power and presented my research at the 2019 Maritime Risk Symposium held at the SUNY Maritime Academy.
Through my research and participation to conferences I improved my networking in relation to my research field and engaged with a number of US Government entities and private companies to include: US Coast Guard (USCG), Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) - US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NPS (Naval Post Graduate School), Trancocean, Shell USA, ExxonMobil, US Department of the Interior - Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, International Registries Inc., RAND Corp., US Waterways Transportation LLC, US Merchant Marine Academy, Class NK, SUNY Maritime College, Red Hook Terminals LLC. Through the gained contacts I gathered valuable information related to my research and established the possibility for future research collaborations.
In the non-academic domain, during my time in Hoboken NJ I had the chance to explore New York and Manhattan as the city was less than 30 minutes away by train. I visited the NYC sites (Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, UN HQs, etc.). I explored the Manhattan neighborhoods by walking every weekend and logging approximately 150km of distance in total (thanks to Google maps and the tracking history). I participated in a full scale exercise at the Newark Liberty International Airport organized by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey getting a firsthand view of the preparedness, professionalism and dedication of the NJ/NY Fire Department, NYPD and the other agencies. Finally I volunteered in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon and experienced the momentum and enthusiasm of supporters and runners in this world famous event with over 53,000 runners completing the world's largest marathon. I met a lot of Fulbrighters from around the world, from Côte d'Ivoire to Afghanistan and Morocco and experienced the multicultural vibe of NYC and Hoboken. Overall, it was a profound experience that helped me grow in both professional and personal levels.