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Donald Paul Brutzman

Associate Professor
Information Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-2149


Don Brutzman is a computer scientist and Associate Professor of Applied Science working in the Modeling Virtual Environments Simulation (MOVES) Institute, Undersea Warfare Academic Group, and Information Sciences Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey California. He graduated with a B.S.E.E. from the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in 1978 and was awarded Ph.D. in Computer Science from NPS in 1994. He is cochair for the Extensible 3D (X3D) Graphics Working Group for the non-profit Web3D Consortium. Building on the open X3D International Standard, group efforts are working to make 3D printing and 3D scanning compatible with CAD, modeling, simulation and the Web. He is lead author of the book X3D Graphics for Web Authors, published April 2007 by Morgan Kaufmann. He is a retired naval submarine officer who qualified as nuclear engineer and served in a variety of engineering and operational tours. He is principal investigator for the Network-Optional Warfare (NOW) project exploring fleet stealth using efficient messaging, optical signaling, semantic coherence and ethical supervision of unmanned systems. His research interests include underwater robotics, real-time 3D computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and high-performance networking. Current work includes SPIDERS3D Naval Virtual Environment and Ethical Control for Unmanned Systems.
NPS Experience
  • 1992 - current: Associate Professor
Other Experience
  • 1988 - 1990 Navigator and Combat Systems Officer, USS BREMERTON SSN 698
  • 1986 - 1988 Combat Systems Officer and Commissioning Crew Plankowner, USS HONOLULU SSN 718
  • 1983 - 1986 Operational Test Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Force
  • 1979 - 1983 Electrical Officer, Communicator and Damage Control Assistant, USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL SSBN 654
  • 1978 - 1979 Student, Nuclear Power School
  • 1974 - 1978 Midshipman, United States Naval Academy
Research Interests
Computer graphics
Artificial intelligence
High-performance networking
Teaching Interests
X3D graphics
Extensible markup language (XML)
Networked modeling & simulation (M&S) and virtual enviroments
Hamming: Future of Science and Engineering

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • Member, ACM
  • Camp S.E.A. Lab Board of Directors
  • Member, IEEE
  • Web3D Consortium Board of Directors