NPS Research Assistant Professor of Operations Research, Dr. Emily Craparo, took part in a 2003 NASA summer program as a doctoral student at MIT. Ten years after her team developed their Mars Geophysical Lander mission, they looked back on how closely their proposal resembles the upcoming 2016 NASA InSight mission to Mars.
In response to the growing global interest in high-energy laser (HEL) weapons, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) have collaborated on the Laser Parameter Extraction, Data Comparison and Bistatic Detector Enabled Counter Measures for Directed Energy Weapons.
Physicists at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are collaborating with researchers at the University of Texas to develop the power supply that will help make ship-born laser weapons a reality on U.S. naval vessels.
U.S. News and World Report recently released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools in the country, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s own Department of Systems Engineering ranked 21st on the list.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Operations Research (OR) was awarded the 2013 UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in a nod to the first OR degree program in the United States.
A global sampling of Naval Postgraduate School alumni are stationed at NATO's International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Robots of every shape, size and purpose dotted the academic quad as the Naval Postgraduate School’s Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) once again hosted their annual Robots in the Roses Research Fair, Apr. 11.
A Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) student, U.S. Army Capt. Joseph Billingsley of Stamford, Conn., is building the military’s first cyber warfare professionals association.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Allen Fuhs, a former chair of both the aeronautics and mechanical engineering departments, will soon become the first NPS faculty member to be name an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), one of the highest honors bestowed in the aerospace profession.
On March 29, on the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus in Monterey, Calif., the joint NPS, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) master’s degree in cost estimating and analysis (MCEA) will graduate its very first cohort of 24 students.
Students at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have spent several months on a series of exercises designed to test the combat and logistical capabilities of the Navy’s newest class of vessels, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) recently reached a program milestone – it signed up its 1,000th member.
As the U.S. Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and its Defense Resources Management Institute, are playing a pivotal role in partnering with NATO on the Building Integrity (BI) program. The BI effort, established in 2007, seeks to empower developing nations across the world with the skills, knowledge and tools to build efficient, corruption-free defense institutions.
A return trip by to Antarctica by a team of Naval Postgraduate School researchers is yielding previously unseen data on one of the Western Antarctic Ice Shelf ‘s most rapidly melting glaciers.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor of Systems Engineering (SE), Dr. Dave Olwell, and his colleague, Stevens Institute of Technology Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Art Pyster, earned “Product of the Year” honors from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) during a ceremony held in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 26-29.
NPS Department of National Security Affairs Assistant Professor Victoria Clement was recently granted unprecedented access to the Turkmen National Archives for her studies into the relationship between language, power and education in Central Asia.
Republic of Korea (ROK) Army Maj. Gen. Inbum Chun, combined forces command deputy chief of staff, traveled to the Naval Postgraduate School in late January to look into recent developments in civil affairs education at the university’s Graduate School of Business and Public Policy.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s long history in Free Electron Laser research reached another milestone late last year when the team achieved the first successful acceleration of an electron beam in a superconducting spoke cavity.
Faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are advancing the university’s education and research into the operational and strategic complexities of the near-shore environment with the establishment of the Littoral Operations Center (LOC).
Naval Postgraduate School Department of National Security Affairs Assistant Professor Sophal Ear's latest book, “Aid Dependence in Cambodia,” challenges traditional international aid practices in Cambodia.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia returned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for his second round of meetings with local community business and education leaders, Jan. 9.
Naval Postgraduate School Mechanical Engineering student Lt. Ryan Hilger's paper, “Spurring Innovation at the Deckplate Level in the Submarine Force,” earned him the Naval Submarine League's Fleet Literary Award for Best Article by an Active Duty Author.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) honored some 298 students earning 330 advanced graduate degrees during NPS’ Fall Graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, Dec. 14.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) welcomed its two newest inductees into the university’s prestigious Hall of Fame during a formal ceremony in Herrmann Hall, Nov. 30. Interim President Rear Adm. Jan Tighe presided over the event, enshrining retired Adm. Eric Olson and retired Marine Corps Col. Walt Havenstein as the latest graduates to receive the distinguished honor.
Retired Rear Adm. and NPS graduate Dr. David Titley applies his educational and Navy career experiences leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as Deputy Under Secretary for Operations.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty at the Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) recently conducted a Domestic Finance for Development (DF4D) workshop in Brasilia, Brazil.
What was once a powerful advantage for the United States began to lose prominence with the end of the Cold War. But domination in the underwater domain is back to the forefront, and NPS’ 40 years in USW education is paying off now more than ever.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Senior Lecturer E. Cory Yoder recently co-authored the fourth edition of the Defense Contingency Contracting Handbook (DCCHB).
A joint educational effort between the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) celebrated the completion its first cohort of students in the cost estimating and analysis certificate program.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) researchers, military commanders and service members recently came together during a California Air National Guard personnel recovery exercise – sponsored by the 129th Rescue Wing – during which participants evaluated what has been called, “the premiere disruptional technology of the decade.”
NPS Distinguished Professor Donald Gaver has been awarded the 2012 Military Applications Society of INFORMS J. Steinhardt Prize. The award recognizes individuals for lifetime achievements in the field of operations research (OR), and was presented during the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Oct. 15 in Phoenix, Az.
In a nod to the dedication and influence of one of the Naval Postgraduate School’s exceptional faculty, NPS Department of Defense Analysis (DA) Distinguished Professor, Dr. Dorothy Denning, has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame’s first class.
NPS Assistant Professor Bradley Strawser recently joined the defense analysis department, bringing with him a background in philosophy and ethics that will challenge students to explore the ethical implications of war.
Naval Postgraduate School's Stability, Security and Development in Complex Operations (SSDCO) program is a graduate certificate program designed to expose civil affairs, psychological operations and legal specialists to advanced legal, socio-political and behavioral concepts.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) newest academic center, the Center for Materials Research, aims to meet the materials challenges of a modern naval force.
An NPS team of researchers is helping the Navy test drop-in biofuel blends in an effort to assist the service in meeting its renewable energy goals.
Naval Postgraduate School international students and university researchers are utilizing UAV flight algorithms to operate multiple unmanned aircraft in congested environments.
NPS Applied Mathematics Professor Frank Giraldo and a team of researchers, students and interns have worked tirelessly for the last three years to provide what could be the best possible model for weather prediction yet.
Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have begun working on a Semi-Solid Flow Cell (SSFC) battery, which they believe has the potential to radically change the way the military powers everything from forward operating bases in Afghanistan to warships at sea.
NPS students have completed a study representing a first-order analysis of the unmanned surface vessel (USV) of the future
During a recent visit to campus, NPS alumnus Adm. William McRaven, head of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), presented defense analysis Professor Dr. Gordon McCormick with the USSOCOM Medal.
NPS Emeritus Professor Dr. Oscar Biblarz co-authored "Rocket Propulsion Elements," 8th Edition with George P. Sutton, who has been publishing the work since 1949.
NPS operations research student Lt. Matt Yokeley and Associate Professor Nita Shattuck are on a mission to help Sailors at sea get the rest they need to optimally perform their duties. They spent four weeks at sea conducting sleep tests to prove the value of a revised watch bill, dubbed the NPS Optimized Watchstanding (NOW) Schedule, that allows for a more regular sleep schedule.
NPS researchers are part of an effort to determine how hurricanes form, and what factors contribute to their intensity. An NPS team will soon be stationed at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility, where two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will be used to gather meteorological data from 50,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean.
At NPS, students and faculty from across departments apply their expertise to solving real-world defense challenges, but are joined in their efforts by roughly two dozen top young scientists from around the world and across disciplines. These bright young minds come to NPS via the National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program, and are selected to join various departments across campus providing invaluable support to diverse research efforts.
NPS Assistant Professor of Operations Research Dr. Ned Dimitrov, receives a EUCOM Certificate of Appreciation.
After nearly 10 years in the same spot at Naval Base San Diego, the Naval Postgraduate School’s San Diego Distributed Programs Office (DPO) will be moving to a new location across base – the facility opened for classes and business as usual, July 5.
A day of perfect weather welcomed family and friends of this quarter’s graduates to the NPS campus for the Spring 2012 Graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, June 15.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) hosted its second annual Robots in the Roses Research Fair in the grounds of the rose garden on campus, May 10.
NPS Oceanography Department Professor and Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Paduan, has been selected to serve as the new Vice President and Dean of Research, effective July 2. Paduan will be taking over for the current Interim Vice President and Dean of Research, Dr. Douglas Fouts, who has held the position since January.
Adm. Cecil Haney receives Naval Postgraduate School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award during the university’s annual submarine birthday ball.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Center for Data Farming hosted the 24th International Data Farming Workshop (IDFW),
NPS Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Leonard Ferrari and Chair of Systemic Strategy and Complexity Navy Capt. Wayne Porter will soon join a prestigious group of American citizens when they are each honored with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor during an upcoming ceremony, May 12.
NPS business school lecturer helps build youth with leadership skills program
Distinguished Professor Dr. Nancy Haegel was recently awarded a Fulbright scholar award for research and lecturing for her work in near-field scanning optical microscopy.
NPS hosts Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation Workshop presented by NPS' Center on Contemporary Conflict Mar. 30
Andrea Davis, a reference and instruction librarian at NPS’ Dudley Knox Library, was named a 2012 “Mover and Shaker” by prominent library magazine, “Library Journal.”
Retired Navy Capt. Paul Shemella, a program manager with the Center for Civil-Military Relations at NPS, launches book he edited, compiling the strategies evolved through near 10 years of the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Dudley Knox Library has launched an online institutional archive for Beta testing and plans to go live with the site, Apr. 2
The recently established cyber academic group will provide broad base of expertise in guiding NPS’ new Cyber Systems and Operations master’s degree program.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s Center on Contemporary Conflict (CCC) is now home to the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC).
NPS Distinguished Professor of National Security Affairs, Dr. Thomas Bruneau, recently authored, “Patriots for Profit: Contractors and the Military in U.S. National Security” and co-authored, “Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America.” Both works provide detailed insights into two distinct and very current challenges facing U.S. national defense and security interests.
The Remote Sensing Intelligence (RSI) master’s degree program is the newest addition to NPS' academic lineup. The fast-paced program provides students with a comprehensive education in remote sensing, and prepares them for jobs in critical national security fields.
Like something from a sci-fi movie, researchers at NPS are looking at using carbon nanotubes to propel satellites in space. Recent NPS Space Systems Engineering (SSE) graduate Lt. Paul Camp explored the technology in his thesis, designing and building a field ionization test chamber for the nanotubes to be tested for propulsion.
Naval Postgraduate School leaders, students and guests gathered on the roof of Spanagel Hall, Jan. 11, to welcome two new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to the university’s research community, and to celebrate the establishment of the new Sea Web and Wave Glider Laboratory.
NPS faculty look into expanding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in defensive missions.
Retired Navy Capt. and longtime NPS faculty member Wayne Hughes encouraged Graduates during the Fall Quarter graduation ceremonies in King Auditorium.
NPS Senior Lecturer, Jeff Kline, recently saw years of research pay off in a big way when he received a U.S. Government patent for an idea sparked 20 years ago when he applied his NPS Operations Research (OR) education while a ship’s Commanding Officer in the fleet.
National Security Affairs Associate Professor J. Clay Moltz explores Asia’s space programs and the dangers of a growing militarization of the space race in his most recent book, “Asia’s Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks,” published by Columbia University Press in November.
On December 9, Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith will officially take command at Navy Region Southwest headquartered in San Diego, Calif. Several weeks before that, he spent an intense three days a few hundred miles up California’s coast at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
A team of NPS oceanographers is braving six weeks of frigid temperatures and gusty winds in Antarctica for the research opportunity of a lifetime.
Associate Prof. Andy Hernandez believes that coming back to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) was the best decision and the best fit for what he says is important work, teaching future leaders in the Systems Engineering Department.
A diverse group thought leaders from education, non-governmental organizations, government and military joined officials from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif., for the Transformative Education Forum, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.
On Nov. 4, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno visited the Naval Postgraduate School to learn firsthand about the education and research programs underway at the university.
the Naval Postgraduate School's Cebrowski Institute has been actively developing a comprehensive program to promote computer science (CS) in diverse age groups and communities.
A new and promising partnership between NPS and India’s peer defense institutions has emerged in response to U.S. leaders calling for collaboration between the two countries. Last year, President Barack Obama recognized India as a growing global force, and a U.S. ally in meeting the challenges of the future.
Up and down the coast, a network of transmitters and receivers that is the largest-of-its-kind in the world dot the beaches of California, silently reflecting high-frequency radio waves off of the surface of the water to help researchers map local currents. At the Naval Postgraduate School, faculty and students help maintain nine of the 54 observing stations throughout the state, and utilize the data gathered to provide a map of the current patterns along the West Coast.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has established the new Center for Decision, Risk, Controls and Signals Intelligence (DRCSI) as part of an effort by the university and DoD to promote advanced mathematical research to meet and overcome the technological challenges of the future.
The Department of Defense’s Information Operations Center for Excellence, located at the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Army Reserve Information Operations Command joined together as co-chairs for the inaugural Cyber Endeavour Conference, to explore the concept of “A Day Without Cyberspace … The Users’ Perspective.”
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) held its summer graduation ceremony to a packed auditorium of friends, family, faculty, and a large class of 377 graduates, in King Auditorium, Sept. 23.
Prominent military strategists have stressed that prevention of conflict is equally as valued as victory in conflict. The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard’s very own “Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” clearly states, “preventing wars is as important as winning wars.” The concept of prevention, however, is difficult to transition from strategy into action. In support of this effort, the Global Public Policy Academic Group (GPPAG) recently held a Prevention Regimes and Strategies Workshop on the NPS campus – three days of dialogue and discourse on the tactics and challenges of implementing prevention strategies.
Cmdr. Jay Foraker is less than a month away from receiving his Ph.D. in Operations Research (OR), but his studies in optimal search patterns may not be coming to a close. In fact, it may soon become part of a much larger Office of Naval Research project with OR faculty and future students continuing the effort.
NPS researchers are frequently involved in emergency response and homeland security research projects, looking to assist in disaster response and prevention efforts worldwide. One such program looks to give students a testbed for their theses as well as a chance to connect with emergency response personnel, the Research and Experimentation for Local and International Emergency and First Responders (RELIEF) program.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Professor of Systems Engineering, Dr. David H. Olwell, was recently named a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE). The ACE Fellowship Program is a yearlong higher education professional development program that prepares academic leaders to transition into senior leadership positions in American colleges and universities.
Students in the Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management - Product Development Leadership Education for the 21st Century (SEM-PD21) Degree Program, an interdisciplinary leadership program designed for senior engineering and technical professionals, recently attended the INCOSE International Symposium in Denver, Colo.
Since late 2010, the “Arab Spring" has brought the spotlight of the world onto North African and Middle Eastern countries in the thick of political protests and countrywide unrest. For Libya, the tensions have reached beyond a critical mass, with clashes between rebels and dwindling forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi leading to, as of Aug. 23, the now fugitive former Libyan dictator disappearing and on the run.
Attendees at the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS) gathered for a three-day workshop titled “Ethics and Warfighting Technologies,” held at the nearby Marriott Hotel in Monterey from August 2-4.
Since 1989, the Naval Postgraduate School has been actively involved in developing the FEL, with the support of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), capitalizing on the expertise of NPS students and faculty through active discovery in FEL theory and simulation.
Modeling, Simulation Experts Gather at NPS for 11th Annual MOVES Summit
Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP11) Team Mission Commander, and NPS Alumnus, Capt. Jesse Wilson reflects on the U.S. Pacific Fleet-sponsored humanitarian assistance mission.
E. Cory Yoder, received the Admiral John Jay Schieffelin Award for Excellence in Teaching.
NPS Professor receives the SCEA 2011 Service to the Society National Award.
Retired Rear Adm. David R. Oliver, Jr., delivered a message of inspiration and change with his keynote address during the Spring Quarter 2011 graduation ceremonies, June 17, in King Auditorium.
Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Executive Education (CEE) is having a far-reaching influence on Navy senior leader development.
NPS' Regional Security Education Program (RSEP) brings the experts directly to the fleet, working with the Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) to offer briefings on the regions to which the Strike Groups will be deploying.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) honored former Senator John Warner with an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree, May 25.
Acquisition leaders and professionals gathered at the Embassy Suites in Monterey for the 8th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium, May 11-12.
The Foreign Area Officer Association of Monterey (FAOAM) hosted the fifth annual Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Conference at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) early last month.
Cosmologists and astrophysicists recently came to the astounding realization that the expansion of space-time is accelerating and that everything we can see and measure in the universe accounts for only 4 percent of it.
The first cohort of a jointly developed and jointly instructed, part-time distance learning Master’s Degree in Cost Estimating and Analysis (MCEA) program got underway this quarter at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
NPS Associate Professor James Russell publishes new book, “Innovation, Transformation and War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007”.
CHDS Executive Director Ted Lewis examines infrastructure resilience through Danish physicist Par Bak’s sand pile theory in a recently released book, "Bak’s Sand Pile: Strategies for a Catastrophic World."
The Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) routinely studies vulnerability assessment and optimal investment for CID systems.
Naval Postgraduate School’s Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Center for Data Farming hosted the International Data Farming Workshop 22.
The Naval Postgraduate School just received the highest possible ten-year reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), for the second consecutive term.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead inspired graduates from all the military services and nine allied and coalition partner nations during his keynote address at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Winter 2011 commencement ceremonies, Mar. 25.
NPS presented the 2011 Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement to Dr. Ronald E. Brown, Research Professor of Physics.
NPS Littoral Capstone Field Project Uses Unmanned Systems to Map Tidal Inlet Flows.
The Naval Postgraduate School has commissioned the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER).
Prof. Alex Bordetsky has pushed the envelope of network-controlled, stand-off nuclear radiological threat detection through a unique program of Tactical Network Topology (TNT) Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) field experiments.
NPS alumnus Rear Adm. David Simpson met with a group of faculty from to discuss needs and the expectations that the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has for members of the Information Dominance Corps (IDC).
NPS Professor Bret Michael was awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Reliability Society’s 2010 Engineer of the Year Award at their annual awards banquet on January 22 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
As part of NPS’ Tactical Network Test-bed (TNT), tests are being conducted to develop networked-controlled, unmanned systems to assist medics in delivering medical assistance to casualties in the battlefield.
Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, PREDICT researchers believe they have uncovered a critical piece of the complex jigsaw puzzle of tropical cyclogenesis.
Three hundred fifty three U.S. and international students tossed their caps, with 282 crossing the stage, at Fall 2010 graduation ceremonies at the Naval Postgraduate School, Dec. 17.
NPS Research Associate Mark Karpenko and Professor Mike Ross were recently afforded a unique opportunity – to test groundbreaking maneuvers on NASA’s solar surveyor, the Transitional Regional and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) spacecraft. Teaming up with NASA and industry, they tested new methods of maneuvering that take advantage of the physics of a spacecraft in orbit. The demonstrations proved successful, slewing TRACE as it was never intended to. As the work continues, the effort has the potential to wholly transform industry standards.
Dr. Johannes O. Royset, Assistant Professor of Operations Research, was named the 2010 winner of the Carl E. and Jessie W. Menneken Faculty Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, announced November 22.
Sophal Ear, an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), was recently awarded a Fulbright grant in conjunction with the Fulbright Senior Specialist designation he received earlier this year.
For decades Naval Postgraduate School professor Chih-Pei “C.P.” Chang, the Chair of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Monsoon Panel, has been quietly pursuing both world class research and “meteorology diplomacy” in a climate of tense and acrimonious relations between Taiwan and China
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in a joint effort with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), recently launched a part-time, Distance Learning Master’s Degree in Cost Estimation and Analysis (MCEA).
Two Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty were selected as this year’s recipients of the J. Steinhardt prize by the Military Applications Society (MAS) of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Faculty from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this past September to conduct the workshop, “Building Integrity in Defense Acquisition”.
University Librarian Eleanor Uhlinger was named Federal Librarian of the Year on Oct. 6 at a ceremony held in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress. Uhlinger joined NPS in 2006, and has overseen numerous renovation and improvement projects in her time at the Dudley Knox Library (DKL). The DKL collection includes 725,000 volumes, including 126,000 e-books, to serve the NPS and local communities.
On Sept. 18, NPS alumnus Air Force Maj. Christopher McClernon accepted the prestigious Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Conference in San Francisco.
Students in the Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management – Product Development Leadership Education for the 21st Century (SEM-PD21) degree program, an interdisciplinary leadership program designed for senior engineering and technical professionals, recently participated in a week of industry visits in Hawaii.
Researchers from governments, militaries, weather agencies and universities around the world are participating in an Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Taiwan National Science Council sponsored research project focused on learning more about the Pacific Ocean’s response to typhoons. The Impact of Typhoons on the Ocean in the Pacific, or ITOP study, is a collaborative, international effort headquartered at the Monterey Operations Center (MOC) on the Naval Postgraduate School campus, where researchers have been continuously tracking storms over the past several weeks.
Six members of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty were recognized as Distinguished Professors during the summer quarter graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, Sept. 24, 2010.
Fifteen years ago, a young Nepalese boy named Dhyan Rai took a lantern to an American couple trekking through the Himalayan village where he went to school, hoping to learn more English and offering to help them with their Nepalese. Rai is now a proud new American citizen, a registered nurse and an officer in the U.S. Navy, thanks to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program.
Electrical Engineering Student Capt. Brandon Newell, USMC, focuses research on alternative energy and meeting the demand for the warfighter overseas.
GSBPP Associate Professor Rene Rendon has been named the 2010 Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award winner.
NPS educators contribute to Navy's development and application of several space systems, providing warfighters with a wide range of advanced capabilities in critical areas.
NPS Professors Isaac “Mike” Ross and Fariba Fahroo were presented with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Mechanics and Control of Flight (MCF) Award for their research in optimal control theory.
NPS Team Wins AIAA Young Professional Rocket Launch Competition at Koehn Lake.
Naval Postgraduate School Professor of National Security Affairs Thomas Johnson has been tapped to be the senior political aide and counterinsurgency adviser to Canadian Brig. Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canadian commander of Task Force Kandahar.
The Naval Postgraduate School is on the cutting edge of through-water acoustic communications technology enabling distributed autonomous ocean sensors to operate as an underwater wireless wide-area network.
The Undersea Warfare Academic Group (USWAG) was established to create a curriculum focused on an interdisciplinary approach to Undersea Warfare in a way that would prepare naval officers for the challenges of the time. The group downgraded to a committee in 2001 after it seemed the end of the Cold War also meant the end of sub-sea threats against the U.S.
A new book, edited by two Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) professors, explores the idea that alternatives to the rule of sovereign states could be beneficial and, at times, inevitable. In Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty, Anne Clunan, Director of the Center on Contemporary Conflict, and Harold Trinkunas, Chair of the National Security Affairs department, explore existing ideas about what constitutes an ungoverned space, what threats arise from these areas and how states should approach them.
In an age of information overload, students and faculty at NPS are working on eliminating the excess and providing only the most valuable information to Marines in the field. A project known as Valued Information at the Right Time, or VIRT, aims to sift through the constant flow of information streaming to decision makers in order to identify mission-critical information.
As NPS continually strives to improve instruction and assessments, the emphasis is primarily on learning – refining outcomes for what students must know and how students and faculty alike can assess and validate learning. Establishing and maintaining high standards for academic programs requires reflection about the goals and purposes of instruction as well as the approaches to teaching, learning, and assessments. An important indicator of educational excellence at NPS is observable through learner engagement.
What made Spring 2010 graduation so special was the unprecedented week of pre-commencement activities celebrating the life and achievements of applied information theory and digital communications engineering giant, the late Dr. Jack Wozencraft.
The prototype of a new smart phone application, called Field Information Support Tool (FIST) Light, was developed by two NPS students
As part of the continuing research collaboration between the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, students and faculty conducted experiments with a self-guided precision airdrop prototype during the Tactical Network Topology (TNT) experiments at the McMillan Airfield in Camp Roberts, Calif. in April 2010.
The Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI) hosted 33 members of Iraq’s government and military at NPS May 3rd through May 21 for an intensive three-week course tailored specifically to Iraqi Ministries. Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Defense each had participants in the course, from unranked civilians through general officers, male and female, from economists to engineers.
This year, the 27th Annual Technology Review and Update gave military, government and civilian personnel from around the country a chance to stay up-to-date on key defense technologies, many of which are being studied currently on campus. TRAU started as an annual event in 1983 with NPS Professor Rudy Panholzer putting every effort into creating a way for government professionals to keep abreast of the latest developments in technology.
Three Naval Postgraduate School faculty members have been selected to receive prestigious Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Awards for fiscal year 2010: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Distinguished Professor, MAE Department Associate Chairman and Director of the NPS Spacecraft Research and Design Center Brij Agrawal; Professor of Oceanography and Director of the NPS Coastal Ocean-Acoustic Center Ching-Sang Chiu; and Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) Research Associate Professor and Chief Scientist Haflidi “Haf” Jonsson.
Research Associate Professor Bob Bluth and Radar/EW Lab Director Paul Buczynski are true tornado chasers, spending the last week in Oklahoma with NPS’ Mobile Phased Array Radar truck to track and record one of nature’s most deadly forces. The team returned to campus late this week while the weather died down, but project to return in another week when forecasted severe weather systems return.
Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Professor Nancy Haegel was one of 21 Monterey Peninsula teachers to receive the 2010 Allen S. Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching, honored for her positive influence on students and educators as well as community service.
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) took top honors in the 10th annual National Security Agency (NSA) sponsored Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) conducted April 20-23. Although NPS was ineligible to receive the trophy because of its status as a graduate institution, the university won the competition by placing first in the overall rankings for the exercise.
In surf zones near the Naval Postgraduate School and around the world, NPS Oceanography Assistant Professor Jamie MacMahan is quietly revolutionizing the understanding of rip currents, turning them from a swimmer’s worst nightmare into a friend.
The Global Commons are those areas that are used by multiple nations and private industries, and yet are not controlled by any single nation or private entity. They include international waters, international airspace, cyberspace and outer space. Since so many different actors operate within these shared spaces, including the U.S. military and its allies, regulation and protection of these areas becomes extremely complex.
Retired Navy Capt. Scott Jasper, a faculty member at the Center for Civil-Military Relations and the National Security Affairs department at NPS, recently edited a book that examines these complexities, titled Securing Freedom in the Global Commons. The book, released March 15 by Stanford University Press, is Jasper’s second.
At the request of Chief of Naval Research Admiral Nevin P. Carr, the Naval Postgraduate School Operations Research (OR) Department conducted the first OR Workshop for the Chilean Navy, in Valparaiso.
NPS Hastily-Formed Networks Research Group Responds to Haiti Earthquake
By Barbara Honegger
The Navy unveiled its new slogan, “A Global Force for Good,” at the end of last year, and was immediately given the chance to prove it. The powerfully-devastating earthquake that hit the poor island nation of Haiti on Jan. 12 led to a swift Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) response by all of the services. And one of the players at the civil-military boundary in that effort – serving as a bridge between on-the-ground medical personnel, the USNS Comfort hospital ship, and the international non-governmental organization (NGO) community – was the Naval Postgraduate School’s rapid response wireless communications team.
The seven-member NPS Hastily Formed Networks (HFN) team, led by its director and Information Sciences Research Associate retired Navy Lt. Brian Steckler, left Monterey for the island nation Jan. 18 after a hurried three days pulling together the orders, funding and equipment for the mission.
Agriculture and the empowerment that comes with self-reliance allow conflict-affected environments around the world to rebuild economic foundations and establish lasting resources. From March 22-25, the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS) at the Naval Postgraduate School hosted a workshop titled “Agriculture: Promoting Livelihoods in Conflict-Affected Environments” to discuss key components of conflict-affected agricultural reconstruction in countries like Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya and Afghanistan.
Professor Mary Batteen of the Department of Oceanography recently participated in the latest session of the Oxford Round Table, a prestigious, invitation only event to promote various issues of education, art, science and more through academic discourse and scholarly publication.
This latest session, held March 14-19 on the classic university’s campus in Oxford, England, focused on “Women in the Academy: Status and Prospects,” discussing the issues of gender equality in the academic establishment.
A professor, two current students and one alumnus from the Physics Department of the Naval Postgraduate School were recently afforded a great opportunity – to perform field experiments with a device they have developed that could mean the difference between life and death for troops during combat situations. The experiments were part of the international Cobra Gold exercises held in Thailand in early February.
A critical part of an education in engineering is the laboratory experience, especially at the graduate level. In fact, most of the courses in the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department include laboratory hours involving various experiments in data analysis or hardware implementation, for example.
But for distance learning (DL) students, access to laboratories and equipment was clearly a challenge given the student’s separation from campus. That is until Professor Roberto Cristi engaged NPS’ Center for Design, Development and Distribution (CED3) during their 2009 call for course proposals.
Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Rachel Goshorn officially became the Naval Postgraduate School’s first Command, Control Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Chair at a special signing ceremony with NPS President Daniel Oliver, Jan. 25. Goshorn also serves as faculty lead for the Network-Centric Systems Engineering Track and Director of the university’s Network-Centric Systems Engineering Laboratory.
When you think about clouds, you normally think of billowy white formations in the atmosphere, but the Naval Postgraduate School has opened a new “Cloud” center that’s all about computing, not meteorology.
“The Cloud Computing Lab became functional early this year and several students are structuring their thesis research using its virtualization infrastructure, hardware and software for their experiments and proofs of concept,” said Information Sciences Lecturer Albert “Buddy” Barreto.
The May 2004 U.S. State Department designation of NPS as the United States’ Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC), the only such center in the country. The USPTC acts as America’s contribution to NATO’s Education for Reform Initiative, Partnership for Peace Program (PfP), and the NATO Defense Institution Building efforts. An outcome of its 50th Anniversary Summit, NATO has been establishing PTCs since 1999 as a part of its Training and Education Enhancement Program, determining that a “network of national facilities – made available to all PfP countries — should emerge as part of a collaborative approach to training and education.”
Prof. James Russell traveled to Afghanistan in search of innovative answers to insurgency woes and in the process met up with his former student Capt. Bobby Davis.
The inaugural program, “Global Challenges: Leadership and Cooperation in Complex Environments,” was held from 15-20 November at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), in Geneva, Switzerland.
A prime goal of post-9/11 homeland defense is information sharing across military services and government departments and agencies. Now, a new initiative by the Naval Postgraduate School is capturing and integrating the expertise and knowledge of the private sector shipping and sea tourism industries to enhance national and global maritime domain awareness (MDA) and security.
The new program, the NPS Maritime Information Sharing Taskforce (MIST), conducts interviews and surveys and facilitates port workshops linking commercial shippers and port operators with representatives of the Navy, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and federal, state and local governments. Its core mission is to establish a two-way communication and active partnership between the government and the maritime industry.
A Naval Postgraduate School faculty-student team has developed a mathematical model that determines the best combination and deployment of search platforms to detect and classify self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) mini-subs that are estimated to carry up to 75 percent of all Colombian cocaine destined for the United States.
As part of its ongoing Centennial Year celebrations, the Naval Postgraduate School’s Information Technology and Communications Services (ITACS) hosted a rich spectrum of educational events throughout October in recognition of the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
”Are we faced with something unique in Afghanistan, something that challenges our entire strategic paradigm?”
That question, posed by NPS Defense Analysis Professor John Arquilla, challenges fundamental assumptions in the wide-spread discussions on Afghanistan today. Such challenges were frequent during a recent Afghan Theatre Security Strategies conference, an intimate brainstorming session that brought together top academics, policy experts and development strategists to bring new ideas and approaches to the table.
Throughout the history of military service, there are few, perhaps only a handful of discoveries and new inventions that completely changed the way forces operate, strategically and operationally. When the musket became part of the infantryman’s standard issue, common sense dictates what impact it had on the sword. As cruise missiles became an integral part of the naval fleet, strategies and concepts of operations of how a ship can support conflict completely changed. Delivering energy fast, accurately, and at a safe distance has been a continuing theme in weapons development.
Only days before Lt. Gen. McChrystal released his strategic reassessment of the war in Afghanistan, the about-to-be commander of NATO’s task force in Kandahar -- ground zero for the fight against the Taliban -- was at the Naval Postgraduate School for three days of intensive briefs from faculty members freshly returned from the country and other top experts on Afghan culture and counterinsurgency.
The Naval Postgraduate School Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations (MOVES) Institute opened its doors to envelope bursting virtual warriors from the military, defense industry and academe at its 9th Annual MOVES Research Summit.
It all started as an effort to provide affordable network resources to research universities. Four professors from different universities, including NPS computer science department Chair Peter Denning, fervently believed that the quality of their education would multiply manyfold if all the CS departments were connected. Little did they know it at the time, but the result of their efforts, the Computer Science Network or CSNET, would prove to be one of the first building blocks to what is now the modern-day Internet.
The Naval Postgraduate School has launched a new distance learning (DL) certificate program in Human Systems Integration (HSI) open to all federal government personnel – U.S. civilians, Department of Defense contractors, and officer and enlisted military -- as well as international students.
Doctoral students from the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) enhance their research studies by taking Introduction to Doctoral Research (EC 4000), a seminar course that promotes excellence in research while cultivating interaction between students and faculty.
The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Mobile Phased Array Weather Radar (MWR-05XP) recently completed a six-week deployment to the Great Plains in support of VORTEX2, the largest, most comprehensive tornado field experiment ever conducted.
The Naval Postgraduate School tapped a true in-house dignitary, Professor of Public Policy and former Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy Douglas Brook, to give the keynote address at spring commencement exercises, June 19.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students, faculty and staff were recognized for their outstanding research and academic excellence at the Spring 2009 Awards Ceremony June 9.
The Navy has tapped the Naval Postgraduate School to be the Operational Test Agent (OTA) for a new “tunable” multi-mission-capable, multi-sensor reconnaissance and surveillance system that could drastically cut costs while revolutionizing the way the military identifies and tracks targets on land and at sea.
Dr. Paul Noble Stockton, former Associate Provost at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), was confirmed on May 18, 2009 by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs.
Chairman of the Naval Postgraduate School Operations Research Department has passed the leadership baton.
NPS Center for Civil Military Relations and National Security Affairs Lecturer retired Navy Capt. Scott Jasper discusses the pioneering anthology he edited, Transforming Defense Capabilities: New Approaches for International Security.
Battlefield medical -- Discovery into this new field and the technologies that make it possible are just one of several applications researched through the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, or CENETIX.
Recently, NPS Prof. John Arquilla gave a thought provoking Irregular Warfare primer as part of opening remarks to the Consortium for Complex Operations Workshop.
Former NASA Astronaut and Naval Postgraduate School Professor of Space Systems James Newman returned to the stars Nov. 19, when he was inducted into the California Astronaut Hall of Fame at a gala dinner in Los Angeles during the city's Air Force Week.
The late Vice Adm. Thomas Hughes, a Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Alumnus who passed away Jan. 13, served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Conrad Chair for Financial Management and Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Business before retiring from the school in 2007.
A Naval Postgraduate School faculty-student team has burst out of the block in the new Space Race to create a mini-satellite "coach class to orbit" with its revolutionary new CubeSat Launcher (NPSCuL).
US SOCOM Recognizes Netzer's Contributions in Developing Tactical Networks
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Brij Agrawal -- a world leader in satellite communications, relay mirror spacecraft and adaptive space optics -- has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the highest distinction conferred by the global professional society.
Operations Research Professor Lt. Col. Lee Ewing spent much of 2008 working for the Commander's Initiative Group in Iraq, had an opportunity to present the team's research efforts to Gen. David Petraeus, then commanding general of Multi-National Force-Iraq.