NPS hosted the Thesis Research Working Group (TRWG) 15-2, "Connecting Students to Warfighter Challenges" aboard the Monterey campus, August 10-14, 2015. This semiannual activity is an essential element in the success of the NPS Naval Research Program, as envisioned by the Secretary of the Navy. It serves as a forum for Marine Corps organizations to execute in-progress reviews for students and faculty with whom they are already sponsoring research. Additionally, the forum allows sponsors to communicate, review, validate, and recommend topics for NPS research. SECNAVINST 1524.2C dtd 21 Oct 2014 identifies that, “an active academic research program is vital to the quality of education provided to students, the attraction and retention of exceptional faculty members, and the provision of real-time, directly relevant deliverables to government sponsors.”
During morning plenary sessions, some NPS faculty members presented capability briefs to the topic sponsors in order to education them on the many research possibilities that are resident here in Monterey. Representatives from Marine Corps organizations with research requirements (topic sponsors) were then asked to present a short briefing to faculty and students summarizing their organization’s mission, research topic(s), the benefit(s) to the Services, and expected deliverables from the research. Attending topic sponsors had the opportunity to participate in a sponsor-only sync session in order to coordinate and collaborate on research requirements of mutual interest prior to the plenary session. Attendees also participated in student and faculty afternoon breakout sessions in order to solidify research requirement topic definitions. Topic Sponsors had the opportunity to conduct in-progress reviews for ongoing projects throughout the week.
This event was an excellent semiannual opportunity for the Marine Corps to effectively leverage NPS faculty expertise and student operational experience as valuable research assets. All faculty and students were invited and encouraged to participate in the week’s events. Marine students without an approved thesis topic were required to participate when they were not in class.
The primary point of contact for this event was LtCol Louis Camardo at 831-656-2794 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternate points of contact are: Mr. Rod Abbott (NRP Program Manager) at 831-656-2579, or e-mail email@example.com; and Mr. Bob Osterhoudt (NPS NRP National Capital Region Representative) at 703-489-9729, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.