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The Naval Postgraduate School is a national and global leader in providing unique, defense-focused graduate education that advances the operational, technological and warfighting advantage of the Naval service. In the simplest of terms, NPS is interdisciplinary, responsive, applied, innovative, classified and secure.

Advanced education at NPS holds the power to develop thoughtful, principled leadership across DOD and our national security enterprise. In our complex, rapidly-changing world, effective leadership is more important today, than perhaps it has ever been.

Paramount to the efficacy of leadership is the ability to listen,
and the commitment to learn.

Across the university, leaders in a wide range of disciplines are providing advanced, interdisciplinary education and secure research experiences that foster critical thinking and advance leadership skills in our graduates. Listen, Learn, Lead with NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau introduces these extraordinary campus leaders, and the invaluable contributions they make to the university, and to the Navy and nation.

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Ann E. Rondeau, Ed.D.
Vice Adm., U.S. Navy (ret.)
NPS President

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Dr. Mara Orescanin, Physical Oceanography

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with Dr. Mara Orescanin, Assistant Professor in NPS’ Dept. of Oceanography. A physical oceanographer focused on dynamic coastal mechanics, MIT graduate Orescanin's research focuses on understanding the interplay between land watersheds and the coastal ocean. 

Highlights   •   Watch – 19:41   •   Listen – 23:25   •   Bio   •   More Info  

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Mr. Glen Woodbury, Center for Homeland Defense and Security

In this episode of “Listen, Learn, Lead,” President Rondeau meets with Glen Woodbury, Director of NPS’ Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). As the nation’s first advanced graduate education program in the field, CHDS has created a cadre of more than 3,000 local, state and federal leaders who think critically about homeland security.

Highlights   •   Watch – 16:14   •   Listen – 16:14   •   Bio   •   More Info  

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Dr. Nita Shattuck, Crew Endurance

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with Department of Operations Research Professor Nita Shattuck in the NPS Crew Endurance Laboratory. Shattuck led the Navy in transitioning away from standard watch bills, demonstrating how optimizing schedules with the human body's natural rhythm greatly advances performance.

Highlights   •  Watch – 19:50   •   Listen – 19:50   •   Bio   •   More Info


Student Leaders, National Naval Officers Association

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with four university students – Navy Lts. Brandon Carter and J.D. Thomas, Marine Maj. Matt Bowman, and Air Force 1st Lt. Byron Wilson – for a critical conversation on diversity, race and bias, and how the university can lead in this crucial moment in U.S. history.

Highlights   •   Watch – 26:21   •   Listen – 26:07  •   More Info  

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Dr. Alex Bordetsky, Tactical Mesh Networks

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with Department of Information Sciences Professor Alex Bordetsky in the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation Laboratory. Bordetsky has been an innovative force in the evolution of ad-hoc, tactical mesh networks for nearly 20 years, integrating student research and thesis study in variety of experimental real-world scenarios. 

Highlights   •   Watch – 24:49   •   Listen – 24:56   •   Bio   •   More Info  

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Dr. Gail Thomas, Strategic Communication

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with Graduate School of Defense Management Associate Professor Gail Thomas, one of the university’s premier teachers and researchers in the field of communications. In addition to Thomas’ longstanding programs in executive education, Thomas is a national leader in change management and communication strategy. 

Highlights  •   Watch – 23:51   •   Listen – 23:51   •   Bio   •   More Info  

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Dr. Brian Bingham, Unmanned Systems

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Brian Bingham in the Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research (CAVR) Laboratory. Bingham is an expert in unmanned systems for underwater exploration, and currently leads NPS' Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) initiative.

Highlights   •   Watch – 26:17   •   Listen – 26:17   •   Bio   •   More Info 

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Chris Manuel, Emerging Technology Consortium

In this episode of "Listen, Learn, Lead," President Rondeau meets with Mr. Chris Manuel, Director of the university’s new Emerging Technology Consortium and new Central Coast Tech Bridge. As an active duty warrant officer, and in business following his Army career, Manuel has a track record of innovative solutions to critical national security capability gaps and needs.

Highlights   •   Watch – 25:15   •   Listen – 25:15   •   DOR   •   More Info  

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