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Today@NPS - June 2012

Today@NPS showcases some of the speakers, conferences, experiments, lectures, and other events that take place at the Naval Postgraduate School on a daily basis.  If you would like more information about any of the highlighted activities please contact the public affairs office at To view more stories visit the Today at NPS archive. NPS' photo galleries and graduation pictures can be found on the Photo Gallery - Collections page.
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Summer Quarter's Crop of New Students Reconnoiter Campus
Javier Chagoya

Manpower Analysis program candidate Lt. Adam Turpin fills out forms in front of the Student Services Office during check-in processing, June 25. Turpin arrived from Norfolk, Va., where he last served as executive officer on the Patrol Craft Crew Hotel. Born in Henderson, Ky,. he attended the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 where he graduated in Systems Engineering in 2007. Turpin is one of more than 430 new students arriving at NPS to begin the new quarter, getting their bearings as they navigate the campus with maps and check-in sheets in hand.

In total this quarter, the Navy's contingent of students is 150, the U.S. Marine Corps report with an impressive 100 students on board, the Army has about 90 new students, the Air Force has 10 reporting, and the Coast Guard brought five. There are also five U.S. civilians added to NPS' rolls, and the nternational delegation is one of the largest groups this quarter with 70. According to Debbie Graham in the International Graduate Programs Office, NPS welcomed its first student from Serbia, and, for the first time in 11 years, will welcome a student from Egypt.

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Ops Research Faculty, Student Honored by EUCOM
Javier Chagoya

NPS Assistant Professor of Operations Research, Dr. Ned Dimitrov, right, is congratulated by university President Dan Oliver while presenting Dimitrov with a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding support to the United States European Command’s Civic Engagement Program, June 25.

Dr. Ned Dimitrov hit the ground running when he joined the faculty of the Operations Research department, dedicating his first six months with the department to analyzing authorities and methods of transporting donated goods into the European Command's (EUCOM) Area of Responsibility. “I got the project my second month after being hired as an assistant professor in Operations Research,” he said.  

As part of Dimitrov’s proposal to EUCOM, he recruited student, Lt. Meredith Dozier, to work on the project for her thesis. She spent her experience tour in Europe making contacts with relevant people to help understand and formulate the problem. In addition to the report for EUCOM, a second output of the project was Dozier’s thesis, which was a much more detailed version of the analysis. Dozier, who graduated recently, also received the EUCOM Certificate of Appreciation, and was also nominated for the Military Operations Research Society/Tisdale best thesis competition in the Operations Research department.

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President's Aide, Lt. Stephanie Brown, Prepares for Life's Next Challenge
MC1 Rob Rubio

Lt. Stephanie Brown, Virginia Caldwell and NPS President Dan Oliver, from left to right, are captured during a farewell celebration for Brown honoring her three years as Oliver's Aide at NPS. Brown will soon be departing the university, separating from active duty to enter into the Navy Reserves.

Brown has a total of eight years in the service, with the last four and a half years at NPS. She originally began her tour at the university working for Pete Dausen in what was then known as Naval Support Detachment Monterey. But she would soon move up to the President's office where she spent the last several years as Oliver's Aide. “This job has been amazing … Vice Adm. Oliver has been, by far, the best boss I’ve ever had," she noted, adding that working as an Aide, and being able to see first-hand the highest levels of leadership in the Navy and DOD has been a truly educational experience.

"Lt. Brown has had a broad and positive impact on NPS, "said Oliver following the celebration. "In addition to her flawless performance as my Aide, she completed a master's degree with distinction, and has been a supremely competent and always pleasant resource for her colleagues at all levels around the campus. We will all miss her, I in particular, but I am pleased that she has chosen to continue to serve as a Naval Reservist, even as she moves on to other things to do on a daily basis."

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

Global Center Helps DRMI Launch Course in Human Capital Resources Management
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Dr. Francois Melese, Director of the Naval Postgraduate School Defense Resources Management Institute (DRMI), presents during a Global Center for Security Cooperation (GCSC) curriculum review of DRMI’s new Human Capital Resources Course, June 19. The two-week course, set to start in Amman, Jordan, introduces participants to effective strategic human capital management approaches that combine the needs for transparency and accountability with the unique demands of the defense and security sectors.

GCSC’s curriculum review program was established under the guidance of the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) to provide an opportunity for consortium members to confirm and validate the applicability of their programs and how they directly apply to the requirements of OSD, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Combatant Commands, and other customers.

The Global Center for Security Cooperation organizes and manages a consortium of the Defense Department’s International Partner Education providers in order to coordinate, integrate and deconflict their efforts, to enhance OSD policy dissemination, and to increase awareness of DOD partner nation education and training resources, consistent with OSD priorities. The Global Center supports and coordinates the activities of 23 members of the Global Center consortium.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

NSAM Pursues ChemTracker Consortium Membership
Javier Chagoya

In an effort to increase efficiency and safety in hazardous materials (HAZMAT) inventory management, Capt. Gerral David, Commander, Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM), developed a committee of campus leaders to explore new methods and tools to do the job. ChemTracker, a software package designed by Stanford University to solve its comprehensive chemical inventory management and reporting challenges, rose as a possible alternative.

According to NSAM's Jim Thomas, Project Lead, given the nature of research conducted at NPS, and at its labs at the Navy Golf Course, a comprehensive HAZMAT tracking system simply makes sense to implement and maintain. Without proper materials handling management, research could grind to a halt, so it is imperative that a strong program is put in place. As a viable option, ChemTracker's Program Manager Kevin Creed delivered a detailed briefing to NPS' own HAZMAT stakeholders, along with a tour of the software program, June 14 in the NSAM Conference Room.

The ChemTracker package has evolved beyond software into a consortium of colleges, universities and other not-for-profit organizations using and contributing to the ChemTracker software program. The consortium provides member organizations access to the ChemTracker application and related services, ensures ongoing maintenance and development of the application, and encourages member organizations to share and discuss successful approaches to managing challenging chemical compliance and reporting issues.

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Navy Submarine Officers, Class of 1966, Gather for Reunion
MC1 Grant P. Ammon

Graduates of the Navy Submarine Officers course, class of 1966, gather for a group photo during a tour of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus. Retired Rear Adm. Jerry Ellis, Chair of Naval Postgraduate School’s Undersea Warfare program, hosted nearly 50 graduates and their spouses for a class reunion, June 15-18.

The reunion provided an opportunity for the submarine officers to reunite with shipmates and their families. While visiting Monterey, the group took part in a tour of the NPS campus, golf outings, organized dinners, and wine tasting events. While on campus, members of the group were treated to a question and answer session led by former NASA astronaut Jim Newman and an introduction to autonomous systems by Research Associate Professor Doug Horner.

This reunion marks the 9th of its kind for the Class of ’66, and previous installments of the gathering have been hosted in various cities across the country. Earlier reunions took place in Charleston, S.C., Orlando, Fla., Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas, Nev. Ellis noted the reunion as an opportunity to reconnect with friends gained while serving in the Navy’s submarine community.

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Meyer Institute Recognizes Top Students, Faculty
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness, right, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Senior Commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center, speaks to guests attending a Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Wayne E. Meyer Institute graduation and award’s ceremony, June 15.

Students received awards from the Meyer institute during the ceremony at Bullard Hall on campus. They received awards in academic achievement as well as the prestigious Wayne E. Meyer Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering.

Named after the late retired Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, and founded in 2002, the institute prides itself in providing relevant, tailored, and unique research opportunities in systems engineering and designated warfare areas to NPS faculty and students. Meyer, who died in 2009, was regarded as the “Father of AEGIS” for his 13 years of service as the AEGIS Weapon System Manager and later the founding project manager of the AEGIS Shipbuilding Project Office.

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Computer Science Alumnus Keynotes Spring Quarter Graduation
MC1 Rob Rubio

A day of perfect weather welcomed family and friends of this quarter’s graduates to the NPS campus for the Spring 2012 Graduation ceremony in King Auditorium, June 15. President Dan Oliver introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Gordon Eubanks, commenting, “He is a pioneer in the microcomputer industry … He and his wife are staunch supporters of NPS and delightful people to have in our community.”

Eubanks, pictured during his keynote address, is an alumnus of NPS, graduating in 1976 in Computer Science. He noted during his comments that the university is different today than it was during his time, stating that NPS leadership has "raised the bar" tremendously. “The school is every bit as good academically, as it had been in the past, as other universities, but provides a very unique value in tying in with the needs of the military and the Department of Defense.” 

Following the graduation comments, Eubanks was presented with the NPS Distinguished Alumni Award by Oliver for his contributions in building the foundations of today’s computer technologies, demonstrating the value of an NPS education, and for his continued support of the institution. A total of 322 students graduated earning 326 degrees, with 268 students crossing the stage. The graduating class included 30 International students representing 19 countries.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

Monterey Navy Lodge Earns NEXCOM's Highest Award for Guest Satisfaction
Javier Chagoya

The Navy Exchange Service Command's top executive, retired Rear Adm. Robert Bianchi, congratulates Navy Lodge Monterey staff on earning the coveted, prestigious Edward E. Carlson Award (Large Category) for the year 2011. The award is the highest honor granted to Navy Lodge general managers, assistant managers, and their staffs.

“The Monterey team has clearly demonstrated the utmost in superior performance in meeting the needs, and providing service to, the men and women of the United States Navy and their families,” said Bianchi. “This is a significant accomplishment that undoubtedly required the dedication, enthusiasm and cooperation of the whole team. This award is reflective of the value the military community places on the Navy Lodge Monterey."

All of the lodge staff received individual certificates noting their accomplishments and were personally thanked by Bianchi who passed along the command coin and a special package.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant P. Ammon 

MBOSC Holds Annual Awards, Scholarship Banquet
MC1 Grant P. Ammon

Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity Monterey, Capt. Gerral David, delivers remarks during the Monterey Bay Officers' Spouses Club’s (MBOSC) annual awards reception, June 7 on the Herrmann Hall quarterdeck. MBOSC awarded more than $20,000 in college scholarships to 11 military dependents, along with charitable donations to 19 local, state and federal nonprofit organizations during the gathering.

NPS President Dan Oliver delivered opening remarks during the ceremony, and Dean of Students Capt. Alan Poindexter and Naval Support Activity Monterey Commanding Officer Capt. Gerral David were on hand to present certificates to the scholarship awardees and representatives of local charities. MBOSC’s scholarship committee chairman Janine Gavin noted the important role education plays in the life of a military family member.

MBOSC is a social and service organization that promotes friendship and community, as well as sponsoring social events for military families, and fundraising events.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant P. Ammon 

Ceremony Celebrates Latest NWC Monterey Graduates
MC1 Grant Ammon

The 51st graduating class of the Naval War College (NWC) Monterey partnership with NPS for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) stands for a group portrait on the steps of Hermann Hall, June 7. NWC Monterey Chairman, Prof. Fred Drake and Dr. David A. Cooper, Chairman of the NWC National Security Affairs Department at the NWC home campus in Newport, RI, presided over the ceremony where a total of 119 U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps officers earned their NWC Command and Staff diploma with JPME Phase I certification. Through the partnership, 2,943 officers have earned this certification since the program’s inception in September 1999.

Photo provided by Tom Tucker 

NFFE Local 1690 Union President Visits Local Congressman in D.C.
MC1 Rob Rubio

Pete Randazzo, left, National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1690 Union President, is pictured with Congressman Sam Farr, (D - CA) 17th Congressional District, and Randy Erwin, NFFE National Legislative Director, while at a meeting with Farr in Washington, D.C. Randazzo visited the nation's capitol for a Legislative Conference to meet with congressmen and senators from the local representational areas, as well as state representatives, and to listen to several keynote speakers to include Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, and House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, (D - CA) 8th Congressional District.

There are currently 21 legislative bills in the House that could affect federal employees in various aspects to include jobs, pay, pensions and hiring. There are approximately 350,000 federal employees in California – NPS has approximately 1,500 federal employees with 600 being part of the bargaining unit. Randazzo noted that he and his team wanted to ensure that the NPS voice and concerns were heard by those making the decisions.

“Congressman Sam Farr along with his staff has been a friend to NPS and its employees, and they have worked hard on both local and national items of interest," Randazzo said, noting that while many other representatives provided aides or staffers for the meetings, Congressman Farr and his Chief of Staff, Rochelle Dornatt, set aside time to meet with the team personally. Randazzo continued, "The Local 1690 is extremely grateful for all that Farr and his team does for us. He truly views us as a valuable constituent.”

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USSOCOM McRaven Honors Longtime NPS Professor During SGL
Amanda D. Stein

Naval Postgraduate School alumnus Adm. William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), answers a student's question following his special Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture in King Auditorium, June 7. Prior to his presentation, McRaven honored Defense Analysis (DA) Professor Dr. Gordon McCormick with the USSOCOM Medal for his contributions to the craft of special operations. McRaven graduated in 1993 with a dual degree in National Security Affairs, while also leading the establishment of the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) curriculum, and was its first graduate.

“We established the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict curriculum about 20 years ago, now part of the Defense Analysis curriculum. Since that time, we have put over 900 students through that course,” McRaven said. “Those students are from the international community, from the enlisted community, from the officer community of all services, and have really shaped the future of U.S., and I think, international special operations.

During his lecture and presentation following, McRaven discussed the value of education, and the direction that USSOCOM is headed. He also met with NPS leaders to hear about recent progress and ongoing projects in the DA department, and within the university as a whole.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant P. Ammon 

NPS Professor Emeritus Co-Authors Definitive Text on Rocket Technology
MC1 Grant P. Ammon

Dr. Oscar Biblarz, a Professor Emeritus in Naval Postgraduate School’s Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science, displays a copy "Rocket Propulsion Elements," 8th Edition, a text he co-authored with Dr. George P. Sutton who has been publishing the work since 1949.

Rocket Propulsion Elements focuses on the fundamentals, essential technologies, and key design rationale of rocket propulsion. Since the first edition, the text has been used by 75,000 students and professionals in nearly 37 countries, and according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), it is the longest living aerospace book continuously in print.

“This book appeals to academia and universities, as wells as industry, government labs, and rocket amateurs. It has a wide breadth of interest, and has been quite successful in all of these fields,” said Biblarz.

Added Biblarz, “Its depth and breadth are completely unique, and also it’s the most up to date book on the topic – that says a few things about NPS. We’re not only using that material, but we have certain expertise and we are able to contribute to the scholarly body of knowledge on the subject.”

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Top NPS Students Recognized at Graduation Awards Ceremony
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

NPS Dean of Students Capt. Alan G. Poindexter welcomes a collective of students, faculty, staff, and friends and family members to the Spring Quarter Graduation Awards Ceremony in the Barbara McNitt, June 5. A total of 47 students received awards in disciplines representing all four schools at NPS.

Among the awards was the quarter's highest honor, the Monterey Council Navy League Award for Highest Academic Achievement, presented to Lt. Myron E. Lind, who also received two other awards, the Louis D. Liskin Award for Excellence in Business and Public Policy, and the Department of the Navy Award for Excellence in Business and Public Policy.

“I am very humbled to have been acknowledged by these awards,” Lind noted. “I considered my studies at NPS to be of the utmost importance, and wanted to ensure that I gave them the best effort I could. The MBA I am receiving will allow me great flexibility, and provide the Navy with a more well-rounded officer than before. I don't think I could have been nearly as successful anywhere else.”

NPS recognized more than just its top-achieving students during the ceremony. Senior Lecturer Alice L. Miller, Department of National Security Affairs, received the Rear Admiral John Jay Schieffelin Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Lieutenant Commander David L. Williams Outstanding Professor Award. Also recognized in the ceremony were members of the NPS Marksman team, who placed very well in national competitions all over the country.

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NRC Fellow Returns Home to Participate in Indian Fellowship
MC1 Rob Rubio

Dr. Sakthivel Kumarasamy, a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NPS, will soon return to his home country of India after two years of intensive research at NPS. Upon his return, Kumarasamy will begin a fellowship at the Institute for Space Science and Technology as part of the INSPIRE (Innovation of Science, Pursuit for Inspired Research) program. India's Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST) is the NPS counterpart within the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

“Sakthivel has been a ‘model NRC Fellow’ at NPS, being very hard working and a dedicated young scholar,” noted DRCSI Director, Professor Sivaguru Sritharan. “He worked with me in my Army Research Office project developing stochastic analysis aspects of turbulence subjected to abrupt uncertainties, and also jointly with me and Professor Jim Eagle of the Operations Research department.”

India's INSPIRE program, sponsored and managed by the Indian Ministry of Science & Technology, aims to attract new talent into the sciences. The program’s basic objective is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitement and creativity of the pursuit of science, attract talent to science at an early stage, and to build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the science and technology system, and the research and development base.

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Remembering the Heroes of WWII in the Pacific
Javier Chagoya

Retired Adm. Gary Roughead, 29th Chief of Naval Operations, serves as guest speaker during the 2012 Battle of Midway Dining-Out, June 2 in the Barbara McNitt ballroom. The annual event marks the anniversary of the key battle that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific against the Japanese Imperial Naval Fleet.

Roughead's message theme, “Priceless Advantage: Winning the Battles of Coral Sea, Midway and the Aleutians with Communications Intelligence,” stressed the need for a more robust intelligence cadre for the naval force. He was an early proponent and leader in establishing the Navy’s Information Dominance Corps in addition to envisioning a cyber command program that resulted in the establishment of the Navy’s 10th Fleet. Roughead, who retired in September 2011 after a 38-year naval career, proudly said that Naval Support Activity Monterey was the first naval base he has visited since retirement. Roughead is the Hoover Institution Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University.

The Battle of Midway was presented by the NPS President's Student Council, the Monterey Bay Commandery of the Naval Order, the Monterey Bay AFCEA Chapter, and the Monterey Peninsula Navy League Council.

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NPS Community Gathers to Honor Graduating International Students
MC1 Grant Ammon

Lt. Col. Thomas Overhage of the German Air Force is recognized for his academic achievement during a special ceremony, May 31. More than 60 students, faculty members and university leaders took part in a farewell luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by NPS’ International Graduate Programs Office (IGPO) to honor 33 international graduates and their families representing 21 countries.

“The last two years I spent studying here at NPS were very challenging, and a heavy demand was placed on time for classes and studying,” said Lt. Konstantinos Charisis of the Hellenic Navy, who will be graduating this quarter with certification as an Electrical Engineer and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering. “It was a challenge, but worth every minute of it.” Charisis is scheduled to report back to Greece and assume duties as an engineering officer aboard the Greek standard class frigate HS Themistokles (F 465) immediately after the university’s graduation ceremony scheduled for June 15.

The IGPO at NPS is responsible for the cultural, social and academic integration of international military students and their families into the university. The office is charged with interacting with outside agencies, military and civilian, to accomplish the goals of the Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training Program and the Field Studies Program. Additionally, IGPO is responsible for the International Sponsor Program and acts as the Command Sponsor to the International Committee. International programs at NPS serve as an integral link in establishing the long-term military-to-military relationships between U.S. and International officers.

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