YEAR IN REVIEW | JULY - AUGUST 2014
MASTERS OF THE EM DOMAIN
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has been a vocal proponent of the importance of electromagnetic (EM) spectrum research, and one of the hottest areas of study involves the environmental effects on EM wave propagation.
In August 2014, principal investigator Department of Meteorology Professor Qing Wang was joined by colleagues from six universities in kicking off the Coupled Air-Sea Processes and EM-Ducting Research (CASPER) program, a multiyear, multidisciplinary study to better model EM wave propagation.
“The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is an unseen but integral part of our daily personal lives. And, it is essential to our military operations. Failing to use it effectively will be the difference between victory and defeat," said Greenert during a 2012 conference.
“The need for precise prediction of the EM environment becomes more of an issue as Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) grows as a major warfighting component in the current and future Navy,” said Wang. “This is the main reason that the Department of Defense, particularly the Office of Naval Research, supports extensive research efforts such as CASPER.
“NPS Department of Meteorology faculty and students have been actively involved in this research area for years and will continue to be leaders in this field of important Navy applications,” continued Wang. “CASPER and similar research projects give our students the opportunity to explore highly Navy-relevant research topics, which I think is important to their educational experience at NPS.”
The application of research to the Navy and DOD's most pressing issues … At NPS, it’s a priority for nearly every research effort that is underway across campus.
NPS students Lt. Cmdr. David Tully, left, and Marine Corps Capt. Kristofer Skidmore, right, performed a detailed, on-site analysis of a cold-formed steel construction system for humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations, July 2014, as part of their NPS MBA program.
Defense Analysis Professor Nancy Roberts leads an exercise in design thinking in one of the campus labs for the innovative problem-solving methodology. Roberts hopes to make NPS the military’s creative, problem-solving center using design thinking.
NPS President retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route congratulates STEM summer intern Samuel Villavicencio after a brief presentation of his research project, Aug. 22, 2014. Dozens of interns from nearby Hartnell Community College participate in internships across the NPS campus each summer.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Ronald Garrick from Manpower and Reserve Affairs presents a thesis idea to an NPS student during the Thesis Research Working Group (TRWG) meeting on the NPS campus, Aug. 25, 2014. The TRWG affords sponsors an opportunity to present students research subjects that could immediately impact the fleet.