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NPS President Explores Links Between Additive Manufacturing, Warfighting Readiness With Panelists at Sea-Air-Space
One of the key measures of effectiveness for any warfighting organization is materiel readiness – the ability to maintain ships, aircraft, vehicles and weapons systems, keeping them in the fight. Ensu... Read More

NPS, CAMRE Dedicate New Advanced Manufacturing Center
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has established itself as a driving force in additive manufacturing (AM) research and education for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Department of Defense, espe... Read More

17th President of National Defense University Honors NPS Winter Quarter Graduates
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) recognized the achievement of its 2024 Winter Quarter graduates during the school’s latest commencement ceremony in King Hall Auditorium, Mar. 29. U.S. Air Force L... Read More

NPS' Latest Small Satellite Launch Advances Comms Experimentation International Collaboration
In the dark, early morning sky of March 21 over NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on the Virginia coast, a Rocket Lab Electron rocket carried a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) manifest featur... Read More

NPS Accepted Into USSPACECOM Academic Engagement Enterprise
U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) has accepted the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) into its Academic Engagement Enterprise (AEE), a select partnership of 48 colleges and universities throughout the Unit... Read More

NPS President, WEST Panelists Emphasize Education, Innovation As Paths to Decision Advantage
One of the U.S. Navy’s six Force Design Imperatives identified in the Chief of Naval Operations Navigation Plan (CNO NAVPLAN) is decision advantage – gaining an edge over potential adversaries by acce... Read More

NPS POTION Software Helps UAV Break Records During Arctic Test Flight
Following years of dedicated work with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), NPS and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) partners have successfully concluded the ultimate test of a nine-year continuum of resea... Read More

NPS Consortium Advances Innovative Naval Applications of Additive Manufacturing
Conducting applied research in the operating environment, a team based at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is quickly becoming a key player in the acceleration of adoption of additive manufacturing... Read More

NPS Team Makes Key Breakthrough on Path to Electric Aircraft Propulsion
As an institution renowned for innovation efforts grounded in education and research, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has often been called upon to tackle some of the most difficult technological ... Read More

Marine General Offers Challenge to NPS Summer Quarter Graduates
Emphasizing the power of collaboration and embracing the inevitable flux of change, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) celebrated its 2023 Summer Quarter graduates on Sept. 22 during a ceremony at Ki... Read More

CAMRE Helps Marines Take 3D Printing to New Heights
The Consortium for Additive Manufacturing Research and Education (CAMRE) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) achieved the first successful demonstration of in-flight 3D printing aboard a U.S. Marin... Read More

NPS Professor and Student Develop Patented Self-Sealing Fuel Line
Patents from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are a measure of novel inventions, but each also tells a story of a relevant idea with warfighting impact. NPS Department of Physics Associate Professo... Read More

Charting the Navy’s Future Course in Advanced Space Education
No domain more than space operations highlights the essential blend of the operational art of war – as well as the science and technology of warfare.    From the very beginning of the “spac... Read More

Chief of Navy Reserve Encourages NPS Winter Quarter Graduates
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) honored its 2023 Winter Quarter graduates during a commencement ceremony held in King Hall Auditorium, March 24. NPS alumnus Vice Adm. John Mustin, Chief of Navy R... Read More

NPS Hosts JIFX 23-2 With Focus on Innovation, Collaboration
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) conducted the latest iteration of its quarterly Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) program from Feb. 6-10 at the NPS Field Lab at Camp Roberts, Calif., ... Read More

NPS Student Operational Insight and Faculty Collaboration Advances Hypersonics Applied Research
In a small area – 4 inches by 4 inches, to be precise – in a Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) research laboratory, a uniquely-capable facility is supporting foundational hypersonics research and prepar... Read More

Qualcomm and Naval Postgraduate School Announce Collaboration to Advance Technological Solutions
Two well-known California institutions of research and innovation – the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. – are joining forces in a strategic partnership focused on emerg... Read More

Naval Postgraduate School Joins Consortium for Applied Hypersonics Research
The Navy’s Navigation Plan (NAVPLAN) 2022 features six force design imperatives that include investments in hypersonics that will play an important role in delivering capabilities at greater distance.... Read More

Students Explore Use of Persistent Augmented Reality to Advance Decision Cycle
Decision advantage, one of six “Force Design Imperatives” in Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday’s NAVPLAN 2022, places a high priority on the naval forces’ ability to “out-sense, out-decide,... Read More

NPS Students Explore Naval, Defense Applications of Hybrid Airship Technology
Airships were once a common sight in the skies above America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Airlines used these giants of the sky to convey passengers and freight across vast distances, while militar... Read More

NPS, Partners Develop Executive Course on AI/ML Foundations for Senior Leaders
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), in partnership with Stanford University and the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley, developed an intensive three-day course specifically for senior defens... Read More

NPS Mourns Loss of Colleague, Rising Expert in Material Science
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) lost a rising star in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department when Assistant Professor Andy Nieto tragically passed away in a scuba diving accid... Read More

SECNAV Emphasizes Lifelong Learning as a ‘Strategic Imperative’ During NPS Guest Lecture
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro spoke to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students, faculty, and staff about the value and importance of lifelong learning during the Secretary of the N... Read More

NPS Showcases Latest Cohort of Summer STEM Interns
The Department of the Navy has been a strong advocate for the development of a world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, and for good reason. For the Navy and Mari... Read More

Discovery Day at NPS Opens Campus to Central Coast Students
In a sight not seen for more than two years, nearly 2,000 students, teachers and parent chaperones from throughout the Central Coast descended upon the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for the return o... Read More

NPS Researcher Mentors the Next Generation of Robotics Engineers
For six weeks, students and mentors from Santa Catalina School in Monterey meticulously crafted a robot to compete in the regional For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Rob... Read More

NPS Scores High Marks in Annual Grad School Rankings, Again
When “U.S. News and World Report” (USNWR) released its well-known annual rankings of U.S. graduate schools, March 29, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) once again maintained high marks in several pr... Read More

NPS Research Seeks to Advance Aircraft Turbine Resilience to Particulates
In late 2015, two Marines were killed and 20 others injured after a MV-22 Osprey crashed during pre-deployment training at Bellows Air Force Base in Hawaii. The culprit … Airborne sand and d... Read More

Annual Menneken Awards Honor NPS Faculty for Research Achievements
Dr. Marcello Romano of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Di Zhang of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, have been named the 2021 winners of the Carl E... Read More

NPS Researchers Use High-Tech Optics, Artificial Intelligence to Advance Laser Weapons Systems
A high-energy laser beam pointed over the ocean will get distorted by the atmosphere and marine layer, reducing its effectiveness in long-range defensive applications, particularly when the target is ... Read More

NPS Students Finish Strong, Take Top Honors, in NavalX Challenge
A field of 200 participants from across the Navy stepped forward to be a force for innovation in the sea services through the NavalX Agility Summit Challenge, part of NaxalX’s annual Agility Summit. ... Read More

ONR Awards Two NPS Faculty with Young Investigator Program Honors
Two Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) professors recently earned the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, a highly competitive early-career award program for academic s... Read More

NPS Team Earns Design Inspiration Award at HACKtheMACHINE Competition
For this year’s HACKtheMACHINE (HtM) Navy digital competition, NavalX implemented “Heavy Metal,” an additive manufacturing challenge to use metallic 3D printing for fabricating shipboard parts to with... Read More

NPS Professor, Students Explore Innovative Ways to Power the Navy
Imagine a machine that collected water from the air, broke the water down into hydrogen and oxygen, then used hydrogen as a power source. That’s the goal of Dr. Anthony Gannon, associate professor at ... Read More

New CRADA between NPS and BNNano to Research Nanomaterial Applications
Coupling applied research with defense-focused education, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with BNNano, an advanced manufac... Read More

Naval Postgraduate School and Xerox Collaborate to Advance Additive Manufacturing Solutions
In January 2021, the Department of Defense published its first-ever Additive Manufacturing Strategy to “provide a shared set of guiding principles and a framework for [additive manufacturing] technolo... Read More

NPS Researchers Developing the Defensive Playbook Against Large-Scale Drone Swarms
The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea stunned the world when they put on a dazzling light show made up of a record-breaking 1,218 drones, all dancing in harmony. In the Department of De... Read More

NPS, Open Robotics Hosting Virtual Ocean Robotics Challenge
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has once again partnered with the robotics research and development company Open Robotics to host a virtual competition on autonomy with the 2020 Virtual Ocean Robo... Read More

NPS Alumnus Applies Research to Improve Efficacy, Cost of Radar and Counter UAS Systems
No one knows how to improve conditions on the battlefield like warfighters themselves. This unique perspective allows mid-career officers across the services to choose graduate programs that not only ... Read More

Two NPS Grads Among NASA’s Newest Astronauts
Two Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) alumni have just graduated astronaut basic training with the first cohort for NASA’s Artemis program, poised to open a new chapter of American space exploration. M... Read More

NPS Researchers Regulate Temperature With Innovation in Phase Change Materials
A team of Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) researchers recently published the results of their successful experimentation using phase change materials (PCMs) to develop a formulation with potential to ... Read More

Former Vice President Dan Quayle Tours Campus, Research Labs
Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President of the United States, took an opportunity to learn more about the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and its unique mission of defense-relevant graduate education and rese... Read More

NPS researchers honored with regional clean air award
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) received Monterey area community recognition recently for its efforts to reduce the Navy’s carbon footprint in developing alternative energy technology. Lecturer D... Read More

NPS professor selected to receive prestigious engineering award
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) selected Dr. Young W. Kwon, a Distinguished Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, for the annual S. Y. Zamrik Pressure V... Read More

NPS researcher explores 3D printing with extremely viscous materials
Dr. Emre Gunduz arrived at NPS in July, ready to continue his cutting-edge work with the 3D printing of extremely viscous materials. This work is the culmination of two years of research and testing c... Read More

NDIA Honors NPS Distinguished Professor Through Young Professional’s Award
NPS Distinguished Professor Emeritus Robert E. Ball of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department was honored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as it renamed its award for... Read More

Summer Interns Help NPS Engineers Explore Unmanned Systems
Two young interns are making some serious waves this summer at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). High school senior Kathryn Yeager and college sophomore Colin Cool are spending their summer breaks... Read More

NPS Holds 13th International Mine Warfare Technology Symposium
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Navy’s Office of Expeditionary Warfare (N95), and the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUS... Read More

Annual Menneken Awards Honor NPS' Top Researchers
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Provost Dr. Steven R. Lerman announced the winners of the 2017 Menneken Awards, Jan. 10. Made possible by the NPS Foundation through a grant from the Carl E. and Jessie... Read More

NPS Faculty Churn Out New Research from an Old Tank
Researchers in NPS’ Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), and Systems Engineering (SE), have given an old tow tank new life, completing the installation of a student-designed wave... Read More

NASA Accepts Two NPS Graduates Into Latest Astronaut Candidate Class
Of the 11 candidates selected for NASA’s latest class of astronaut candidates, Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Dominick and Marine Corps Maj. Jasmin Moghbeli have something in common ... a master’s degree from the ... Read More

NPS Researcher Living Under the Sea at Aquarius Habitat
NPS Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Associate Professor Noel Du Toit has spent the last several days living 60 feet underwater at the Aquarius Reef Base habitat in the Flor... Read More

Laser Testbed Contributes to NPS Education, Research
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), under the direction of Distinguished Professor Brij Agrawal with the university’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has successfully completed th... Read More

Recent Patents Highlight Efforts in Innovation Across Campus
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and its innovative faculty have begun to see their hard work bear fruit with a series of new patents highlighting the diversity of student, faculty led research end... Read More

NPS Students, Faculty Participate in Navy’s Latest Arctic Exercise
An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is taking advantage of the Navy’s large-scale exercise in the Arctic circle, teaming up with members of Subma... Read More

DL Program Puts Nuclear Trained Officers on a Fast Track to Graduation
In an attempt to meet the educational needs of some of the Navy's most highly-trained officers, the Naval Postgraduate School's (NPS) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) offers a ... Read More

Leadership Gets to Know NPS’ Summer STEM Interns
There are nearly 100 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) interns on the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus this summer, and NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route and ... Read More

Former CJCS, NPS Alumnus Inducted into National Academy of Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) alumnus and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for “for app... Read More

Major Breakthrough in Carbon Material Could Have Broad DOD Applications
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Associate Professor Claudia C. Luhrs, with collaborator Department of Physics Research Professor Jonathan Phillips an... Read More

NPS Meteorology Examines Environmental Effects on Electromagnetic Waves
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Department of Meteorology Professor Qing Wang welcomed a multidisciplinary group of scientists to NPS’ Root Hall to kick off a multiyear, multidisciplinary study to exp... Read More

Researchers Fill Operational Needs With Innovation in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
From his unassuming office nestled between robotics and space systems labs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Research Associate Professor Kevin Jones, along with Professor Isaac Kaminer and Rese... Read More

NPS, SPAWAR Collaboration Explores High-Energy Laser Weapon Defense
From earth’s orbit to the world’s oceans, the U.S. Navy is dedicated to protecting the communications capabilities and manpower necessary for operations worldwide. Defense researchers are consistently... Read More

Robotics Takes Center Stage During Annual Campus Research Fair
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... Read More

Former NPS Aeronautics Professor Named AIAA Honorary Fellow
Not many people are presented with the honor of being named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Honorary Fellow. But for a former NPS distinguished professor who dedicated his... Read More

NPS Student Uses Social Science Background to Promote Change
When Naval Postgraduate School Mechanical Engineering student Lt. Ryan Hilger sees a need for change, he turns to his background in social science to engage people in conversation around the issue. It... Read More

University USW Curriculum Leads Resurgence in Undersea Warfare Dominance
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” These iconic words, presented to rousing cheers by then President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987 in West Berlin, were the defining moment of a generation. With th... Read More

NPS Researchers Evaluate Biofuels for Powering the Fleet
As the largest consumer of fuel in the United States, the Department of Defense has recognized the need to reduce its own dependence on foreign oil, and explore cheaper, safer alternatives. In support... Read More

Singaporean Students, University Faculty Apply Innovative Control Technologies to UAVs
Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) hover over a building in Singapore. UAV one drops 20 feet and enters through an open window, while UAV two flies slowly above a fire escape until locating a point o... Read More

NPS Researchers Apply the Latest Battery Chemistries to Power the Fleet
Students and faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) are planning to design and build a battery using technologies that have already been called a potential game-changer. U.S. Army Capt. Andre... Read More

Memorial Ceremony Honors the Life and Service of Capt. Alan “Dex” Poindexter
The Naval Postgraduate School community gathered on August 10 to pay their final respects to a man who committed his life to his family and country. Several hundred people, including his family and c... Read More

NPS Professor Emeritus Co-Authors Definitive Text on Rocket Technology
Emeritus Professor Dr. Oscar Biblarz of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has seen great things come of his book, "Rocket Propulsion Elements," 8th Ed... Read More

University Mourns Loss of Dean of Students Capt. Alan Poindexter
On Sunday, July 1, a tragic accident off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., claimed the life of Naval Postgraduate School Dean of Students and Executive Director of Programs Capt. Alan “Dex” Poindexter. P... Read More

NPS Cycling Club, Local Community Pay Tribute to Capt. Alan Poindexter
On Saturday, July 21, close to 200 members of the Naval Postgraduate School and local communities made their way from Lovers Point to NPS to pay tribute to the late Capt. Alan "Dex" Poindexter, the un... Read More

NPS Welcomes Consultant Dr. Fenton Carey for SGL
On May 15, Naval Postgraduate School students, faculty and staff welcomed aeronautical engineering alumnus Dr. Fenton Carey, a retired naval officer, for a Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture entitled... Read More

Doctoral Student Explores Algorithm for Force Protection
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 p... Read More

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Announces NPS’ Energy Degree Programs
U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus took to the stage in King Auditorium, Aug. 29, to discuss the Navy's energy initiatives, and to announce NPS' contributions to those efforts through the establishm... Read More

Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security Established at NPS
On May 2, 2011, then Maj. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), placed the final signature on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), completing the process to offi... Read More

A Conversation with New Dean of Students, Capt. Alan Poindexter
  When the Naval Postgraduate School welcomed its new Dean of Students (DoS) early this year, it was a face the campus had seen many times before. Capt. Alan Poindexter is not only an alumnus, ea... Read More

NPS Student-Professor Team Assists Commander, U.S. Third Fleet With ‘Splitting’ Dilemma
With 22 Ticonderoga-class cruisers (CG 47) exhibiting cracks in their superstructures, some up to nine feet in length, the Navy is facing a technically difficult and potentially costly challenge. &nbs... Read More

NPS Crushes CubeSats for DARPA Challenge
The Space Systems Academic Group at NPS is known for being active in developing CubeSats- small, square satellites used for space research. The satellites have become widely popular in academia as the... Read More

NPS Teams Up with NASA, Industry to Test Groundbreaking Maneuvers on Spacecraft in Orbit
Dazzling sun spots and stunning solar flares were just another day in the life of the Transitional Regional and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) spacecraft for the past 12 years. Designed to record solar acti... Read More

University Recognizes Newest Slate of Distinguished Faculty
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. “The title of Distin... Read More

Professors Honored With AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award
During an August 3 ceremony in Toronto, Canada, NPS Professors Isaac “Mike” Ross and Fariba Fahroo were presented with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Mechanics and Contr... Read More

NPS Team Wins AIAA Young Professional Rocket Launch Competition
A team of students and faculty from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Hartnell College participated in the second annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Young Professio... Read More

Head of Thai Ministry of Defence Inducted into NPS Hall of Fame
The Naval Postgraduate School welcomed General Apichart Penkitti, Permanent Secretary of Defence of the Thai Ministry of Defence, into the university’s Hall of Fame, placing him in a distinguished gro... Read More

Three NPS Faculty Win Prestigious DURIP Awards
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 Aerosp... Read More

NPS New Home for Giant Segmented-Mirror Space Telescope
The Naval Postgraduate School is the proud new home for the Segmented Mirror Space Telescope (SMT), designed and developed for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as a technical demonstrator and ... Read More

Golf Course Annex Gets High-Speed Boost
For such a cool, sunny day, not a single set of golf clubs gleamed on the greens at the Monterey Pines Golf Course. True, there may have been golfers aplenty at the clubhouse that day, but all were pr... Read More

Distinguished Professor Agrawal Elected AIAA Fellow
Sometimes it does take a rocket scientist to be elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and ... Read More