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CRUSER Coordination Group

To contact a member of the CRUSER Coordination Group please e-mail us at cruser@nps.edu

Director

Dr Raymond Buettner Jr

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Dr Raymond Buettner is an Associate Professor in the Information Sciences Department at the Navy Postgraduate School and the NPS Director of Field Experimentation.  Dr Buettner served 10 years as Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator while earning his Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.  He holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctorate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.  From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Buettner served on the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and was the Information Operations Chair.  He is the Chair of Technical Operations, in which he liaisons between NPS and the Joint Staff J39.He is the Principal Investigator for multiple research projects with budgets exceeding $3 million dollars a year, including the TNT, RELIEF, and JIFX projects.  http://faculty.nps.edu/rrbuettn/about.html

Deputy Director

Dr. Timothy H. Chung

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Dr. Timothy H. Chung is an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. His research interests include probabilistic search optimization, degrees of autonomy for robotic systems, and multi-agent coordination for information gathering applications. His efforts lie at the interface between operations and robotics research. Professor Chung received his doctorate (2007) and M.S. (2002) at the California Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering, specializing in algorithms for distributed sensing and decision-making methods for multi-robot systems. He joined the NPS OR department in 2008 and currently holds a SECRET security clearance.  http://faculty.nps.edu/thchung/

Director, Strategic Communication

Mr Steve Iatrou

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Mr Steve Iatrou is a Senior Lecturer in the Information Sciences Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.  He is currently the Associate Chair of Distributed Learning, Academic Associate.  He received a Masters in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School (1992) and a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma (1985).  

Director, Concept Generation

Ms Lyla A Englehorn

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Ms. Lyla Englehorn has a Research Associate appointment at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ms. Englehorn earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay. She looks at issues related to policy in the maritime domain and is involved in a number of projects at the Naval Postgraduate School. She currently provides research assistance and support for the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned System Education and Research (CRUSER), the Multimodal Information Sharing Team (MIST), and the Operations Research Department. Other work at NPS has included curriculum development and delivery of an International Maritime Security course sequence, and work as a writing coach and workshop instructor for the Graduate Writing Center. Ms. Englehorn holds a SECRET clearance.

Operations Manager

Ms Lisa Trawick

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Ms. Lisa Trawick has a Research Associate appointment at the Naval Postgraduate School.  She has been in the Air Force Reserves for 23 years and is currently serving as a Logistical Readiness Officer for the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). Her previous assignment was a full-time tour for 3.5 years at DFAS Internal Review (IR) as a Financial Data Analyst, where she won the DFAS IR Innovation Award in 2008. In her civilian life she spent 12 years at Frito Lay with various roles in manufacturing/warehouse operations and as a Demand Planner. She received a Bachelors in Statistical Computing from the University of Utah (1998) and a Masters in Information Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School (2008). Trawick holds a SECRET Clearance.

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