Work with the CID

The Naval Postgraduate School has more than 1,500 uniformed military officers and civilian faculty who stand ready to address emergent issues related to national or international defense.  For problems involving the continuity of operations of critical civilian or military infrastructure, the CID can facilitate project engagements at several levels.

Quick-Turn Student Course Projects.  As part of courses like Operations Analysis OA4202: Network Flows and Graphs and OS4621/NS4721: Critical Infrastructure Analysis and Defense, students learn how to model the function of infrastructure systems and then use mathematics to identify component-level failures (or attacks) that would result in the worst-case disruption to their function. They then use this information to determine how to invest a limited defensive budget to make the system under study as resilient as possible to these disruptions. Duration: six weeks.

Master's Theses.  Every Operations Analysis student at NPS must complete a Master's thesis to graduate.  This provides an opportunity for the student to go much deeper into a problem of particular importance.  In the Operations Research Department at NPS, students participate in an "experience tour," a three-week period at roughly the midpoint of the curriculum during which students go off-campus to an organization where they can gain practical analytical experience (see Rosenthal, 2007). In most cases, this tour is the start of the student's eventual thesis topic. Duration: 9-12 months.

Sponsored Research Projects.  CID faculty can conduct research projects for the U.S. Government and its partners, both public and private. These projects allow CID researchers to apply their modeling and analysis expertise to a variety of infrastructure-related problems. Duration: By arrangement.


For more Information, Please Contact:

Dr. David Alderson

CID Director, Professor
Operations Research Department

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg

CID Deputy Director, Research Assistant Professor
Operations Research Department