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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 pao@nps.edu. 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.
U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Starbucks Coming to NPS
MC1 Rob Rubio

An area in the eastern corner of the Dudley Knox Library (DKL) is undergoing renovation in preparation for the arrival of a Starbucks location to the NPS campus. The university is the third installation within Commander, Navy Region Southwest (CNRSW) to receive a Starbucks operation under a CNRSW Regional Dining Services contract, joining Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station Coronado.

Megan Ryan, Naval Support Activity Monterey (NSAM) Quality of Life Director, commented, “NPS will have one of three licensed operations in the Navy where our own staff will be fully trained operators utilizing the complete ‘Starbucks methodology.’  We have been working on bringing a Starbucks here for at least three years.”

Construction on the facility is slated to begin around mid–January of 2013, with the location open for business sometime around late spring or early summer.

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

James Zumwalt Honors His Father's Legacy During SGL
Kenneth A. Stewart

Acclaimed author, retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt, addressed students, faculty and staff during the latest Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture at the Naval Postgraduate School, Nov. 14. Zumwalt is the author of several books and head of a security-consulting firm named for his father, Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt, the youngest officer to serve as Chief of Naval Operations.

The audience listened for nearly an hour as Zumwalt shared his father’s legacy, revealing intimate moments from his father’s life eliciting both laughter and respectful silence from the packed crowd. Zumwalt’s often emotional speech revealed the humor, controversy and accomplishments that encompassed his father’s extraordinary career.

Zumwalt expressed particular pride when discussing his father’s efforts to end what he called, “the institutional racism” that was prevalent in the Vietnam era Navy. "My father once said, ‘I know my changes resulted in a long list of friends and a long list of enemies, I’m proud of them both,’” said Zumwalt.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Rainy Weather Holds Off for 2012 Turkey Trot
MC1 Rob Rubio

What started off as a very wet morning and early afternoon, Nov. 16, proved to be nice running weather for the 3:00 p.m. start time of the 2012 Turkey Trot on the NPS campus. 

The Turkey Trot is an annual event sponsored by NSA Monterey Morale, Welfare and Recreation to ring in the Thanksgiving holiday, with participants running two laps around the campus starting and ending at Herrmann Hall. The winner of each age group receives a turkey while the second place finisher is awarded a pie.

Lt. Jeffrey Whitsett, left, took top honors as the overall winner with a runtime of 20:02.6. “It was a lot of fun, a nice race and a good campus to run around,” he expressed. Air Force Maj. Katie Buss, right, was the first female to cross the finish line with a runtime of 22:41.66.

“I don’t know how to cook a turkey, but do know how to run fast enough to win one,” she commented  with a laugh, recounting an agreement made with her brother that she would supply the turkey if he cooked it.  “I did my part, and now I don’t have to buy one or cook one … It was a good motivating factor not to have to cook.”

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant Ammon 

VTC Connects Army Officer with Family During Promotion Ceremony
MC1 Grant Ammon

Chris Holding, Video Teleconference (VTC) Coordinator at NPS, left, and U.S. Army Col. Shawn Stroud showcase the technology used during Stroud's recent 'virtual' promotion held Nov. 1. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Stroud’s promoting officer, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, cancelled his trip to NPS, but thanks to savvy technicians and creative thinking, the promotion ceremony was held over a VTC that connected Stroud with his family and attendees from across the country.

Caldwell was scheduled to visit NPS and promote Stroud, but due to the extreme damage caused by Sandy, he was required to stay at his Fort Sam Houston post to prepare Soldiers for mobilization in support of relief efforts on the East Coast. But in a matter of days, a plan was formed to conduct the promotion ceremony utilizing VTC technology, a move that offered Stroud the ability to reconnect with Caldwell for promotion, as well as for his family members from North Dakota to participate in the ceremony.

"This was a very rewarding experience for me," noted Stroud, who is currently serving as an Army Fellow in the NPS Department of Defense Analysis. "I know the General (Caldwell) really wanted to be here, but was faced with many responsibilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It truly was quick, outside the box thinking, coupled with tech-savvy members of the NPS community that made this happen.”

U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya 

Acoustical Society of America Recognizes NPS Oceanography Professor
Javier Chagoya

Professor John Colosi of the NPS Department of Oceanography holds the framed Medwin Prize certificate presented during the 164th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Oct. 24.

The Medwin Prize was established in 2000 through a grant made by NPS Professor Emeritus Herman Medwin and his wife Eileen to recognize an individual for the effective use of sound in the discovery and understanding of physical and biological parameters and processes in the sea.

“It’s quite an honor to receive the Medwin Prize, as I also had the privilege of knowing Hank Medwin when I first arrived at NPS,” said Colosi.

The Medwin recognizes Colosi’s work on ocean internal waves as they relate to sound fluctuations in the sea, and he was also honored with his selection to present the Acoustical Oceanography Prize Lecture. Colosi joined the NPS faculty in 2005 after serving as Assistant and Associate Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 1996 to 2005.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant Ammon 

NPS Cyber Systems and Operations Student Presented Mayo Award for Exceptional Performance
Amanda D. Stein

NPS Cyber Systems and Operations student Lt. Jason Hughes, left, was presented the Vice Adm. Richard W. Mayo Award by NPS Senior Intelligence Officer Capt. Jennith Hoyt, right, in a small ceremony, Nov. 5. Hughes was nominated for the award by his previous command, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) Commanding Officer, Capt. Danelle Barrett.

“Lt. Hughes was selected for the award over his peers in the Information Professional community worldwide,” said Hoyt after formally presenting Hughes with his certificate. “This shows what an exceptional officer Lt. Hughes is, and I know he will continue to be an instrumental leader in the Information Dominance community and the Navy.”

The Mayo Award, named for the first commander of the Naval Network Warfare Command, is presented annually to an Information Professional officer who demonstrates vision, innovation and exceptional performance in information technology, and operational command, control, communications and computers.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Rob Rubio 

Naval War College Monterey Grads Honored for Achievements
MC1 Rob Rubio

Eight of the 16 students earning academic honors from the Naval War College Monterey Program for the fourth quarter of Academic Year 2012 are pictured following a brief ceremony, Oct. 23. Pictured on the left is Army Maj. Christopher Wagar, Army Maj. Jason Brown, Army Capt. Daniel Hodermarsky, Marine Corps Capt. Filipe Peerally, Navy Lt. Matthew Hagstette, Navy Lt. Ryan Hilger, Navy Cmdr. Andrew Thaeler, and Army Maj. Richard Woolshlager.

Earning "with Highest Distinction" by completing the program in the top five percent of their class was Hilger, along with Lt. Edward Carlton, Lt. Matthew Dominick and Army Maj. David Kenney, not pictured. Earning "with Distinction" by completing the program in the top 15 percent of their class were Brown, Hagstette, Hodermarsky, Peerally, Thaeler, Wagar, and Woolshlager, along with Lt. Cmdr. William Major, Army Maj. Ryan Nomura, Lt. Dennis Palaniuk, Army Maj. Jason Sabovich, and Lt. Gregory Storer, not pictured.

U.S. Navy photo by Amanda D. Stein 

NPS Marine Uses OR Thesis to Help Homeless Veterans
Amanda D. Stein

In his seven years as a volunteer with the Veteran's Village of San Diego, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans access the resources and assistance they need to get back on their feet, NPS Operations Research (OR) student Marine Corps Maj. David Coté, pictured left, has tried to live by the charge given by President Abraham Lincoln to “care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”

Upon learning about data analysis and modeling in his OR curriculum at NPS, Coté found a way to apply his studies to the cause that had long been close to his heart. Come graduation in December, Coté’s master’s thesis research will have produced a tangible model for helping treatment providers identify homeless veterans most at risk for early exit from a treatment program.

“On any given night there are approximately 75,000 homeless veterans on the streets,” said Coté. “I believe that effective leadership requires courage, consistency, competence, and compassion and helping homeless veterans and getting to the left of this problem is the right thing to do.”  

To learn more about Coté's efforts, read the full story here.

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant Ammon 

Industry Professional Delivers Presentation to NPS Cyber Systems and Operations Community
MC1 Grant Ammon

David Aucsmith, a retired U.S. Navy intelligence officer now working for Microsoft Corp., addresses Cyber Systems and Operations students and Cyber Academic Group faculty during a special presentation, Oct. 30 on the NPS campus.

“Mr. Aucsmith shared his depth of experience, and educated students about the criticality of government-industry cooperation in the cyber domain,” noted Cmdr. Tim Unrein, Director of the Information Dominance Center for Excellence (IDCFE) at NPS. “He also focused on the need for coordination to ensure critical networks and the information they contain are effectively protected.”  

Currently serving as Senior Director of Microsoft Corp.’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Aucsmith is responsible for technical relationships with United States and other government agencies, as well as select special projects. His nearly three-hour presentation provided students unique insight on technical cyber issues from an industry perspective, and drew many questions on government-to-commercial cyber cooperation, cyber policy and network security.

The lecture was presented by NPS’ IDCFE in support of the university’s Cyber Academic Group. The IDCFE serves as a clearinghouse and facilitator for U.S. Navy Information Dominance Corps education, including curricula development, adaptation and execution, coordination of research efforts, and engagement with other Navy, DOD, and academic and commercial enterprises on topics relating to information dominance and decision superiority.

 

U.S. Navy photo by Kenneth A. Stewart 

Student, Family Race for Cancer Patient Halfway Around the World
Kenneth A. Stewart

What began with an e-mail has become something of an obsession for Naval Postgraduate School student Lt. Cmdr. Scott Timmester and his wife Zeynep. A friend from Zeynep Timmester’s native Turkey, Sezer Karaca, had been diagnosed with a virulent form of skin cancer, and despite six surgeries, interferon, radio and chemotherapy, Karaca’s cancer has not gone into remission.

“My friend reached out to me, her e-mail was so desperate … She was pleading for assistance,” said Zeynep Timmester.

The Timmesters immediately began a campaign to raise funds for their friend. They held garage sales, established a website in Karaca’s name, and finally came up with the idea to run a half-marathon on Karaca’s behalf.  

“Team Sezer is a small group of people that will be participating in the upcoming races to raise money and awareness for Sezer’s treatment,” said Scott Timmester. “Our first race will be the Big Sur Half Marathon and [Pacific Grove] 5K on November 17-18.

 

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Leonardo Carrillo 

NPS Staff KAIZEN Team Seeks Continuous Campus Process Improvements
MC1 Leonardo Carrillo

Select members of the Naval Postgraduate School KAIZEN team, from left to right Myrna Cavanah, Ryan Stuart, Caitlin Allion, John Hafemeister, Wendy Walsh, Jameson Smith, Sheridan Stevens and Pete Randazzo, are pictured before a team meeting, Oct 30.

Formed by NPS employees to identify and address workplace issues at the university, the team meets periodically to discuss different topics and resolve identified issues. The team was established only a few months ago with the purpose of identifying workplace successes, issues, processes and procedures that could help improve overall NPS performance, culture and working environment.

The NPS KAIZEN team took their name from the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement that gained popularity in the Asian nation post World War II. The term KAIZEN, translated as improvement or self-help, has become popular not just in business and management circles, but also in engineering, healthcare and many other fields.

 

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant Ammon 

NPS Celebrates Grand Opening of Systems Engineering Research Lab
MC1 Grant Ammon

Dr. Timothy Chung, an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at NPS, sits at a workstation in the university’s newest research laboratory, the Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory (ARSENL), during grand opening ceremonies, Oct. 31. Providing a diverse academic and research venue, ARSENL fosters the holistic, multidisciplinary approach to the design, employment and future concept development of robotic and unmanned systems.

“ARSENL provides a venue for fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty across the campus,” noted ARSENL director Dr. Timothy Chung. “The lab has stations for physically building, testing and programming robots, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), situated next to computation, modeling and simulation resources, that involves students from a variety of disciplines.”

Although ARSENL’s grand opening was just celebrated, research work is already underway within the newly-formed laboratory. Current research projects include the Aerial Combat Swarms grand challenge competition effort, that seeks to apply future concepts of swarm and counter-swarm autonomous systems with a goal of 50 vs. 50 UAV live-fly field experimentation. Additionally, ARSENL provides a working lab that fosters diverse student projects for ground, surface, amphibious and other aerial robotic applications and related operational contexts.

 

Photo provided courtesy Lt. Chris Pisani 

NPS Students Present at International Maritime Security Forum
MC1 Rob Rubio

Paul Beery, a research associate in the NPS Department of Systems Engineering, speaks to attendees of the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) Conference in late September. A team of students and researchers from the university was invited to present at the international shipbuilding forum entitled, “Optimizing OPV Capabilities to Prepare for Changing Operational Environments and New Maritime Domain Security Challenges.”

The team focused on OPV communications systems requirements and technologies, and showcased their NPS-developed dashboard and model-based systems engineering design, which are dynamic decision-making tools used in the early stages of ship design that can be also be applied to other defense platforms. Students participating in the effort include Navy Lts. Joe Ashpari, Jeff Lineberry and Chris Pisani, each of whom spoke about the various aspects of their research work.

Berry says the NPS team will continue their work on the design project via the Office of Naval Research, led by systems engineering Professor Gene Paulo.

 

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Grant Ammon 

MWR Provides Scary Halloween Fun for Children and Grown-ups Alike
MC1 Grant Ammon

Volunteers from NPS' Enlisted Recreation Committee show their Halloween spirit during “Freaky Family Friday,” Oct. 26 in the Barbara McNitt Ballroom. Hosted by Naval Support Activity Monterey’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, the family-friendly event provided a safe environment for members of the NPS community to celebrate Halloween. In addition to Terror in the Trident Room, MWR also hosted “Terror in the Trident Room” Oct. 31.

“We developed these events in the spirit of community togetherness,” said Lindsay Carver, MWR’s Community Activities Coordinator. “We had a great turnout, and everything went off without a hitch. We had a great group of volunteers who helped to make these both really fun nights.”

Freaky Family Friday and Terror in the Trident Room both featured games, costume contests and prizes for attendees to enjoy. In addition to festivities in the Trident Room, the Dudley Knox Library (DKL) sponsored a ghost walk around the NPS campus hosted by DKL Special Collections Manager John Sanders.

 

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