NPS Alumni Association & Foundation

 

The NPS Alumni Association and Foundation Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

 

As we further our partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, we have released a statement affirming our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We encourage all members of our community to review the statement at the link provided below. We are also providing a link to NPS President Rondeau’s statement, “A Time for Listening and Leading”.

We welcome your participation in this important conversation

NPS Alumni Association & Foundation Statement

President Rondeau's Statement

 

 
 

Faces of NPS, BIX Edition

For our second installment of Faces of NPS, we are delighted to profile four of the students who participated in the Big Ideas Exchange (BIX) in May and June. These students joined a few others from NPS and their counterparts at the Naval War College and Marine Corps University in sharing ideas brought about by their graduate research. Each student explained the motivation behind their research and the practical applications to the Navy/Marine Corps mission. Read more about the BIX. Videos of some of the presentations can be viewed on the NPS YouTube Channel.

 
 

Capt Haley Nowak, USMC

Captain Haley Nowak is a Marine Corps communications officer who graduated this quarter with a degree in Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence. She will continue her career planning training exercises for the force in Quantico, Virginia. The challenge of becoming a Marine appealed to her as a student at the U.S. Naval Academy and many of her mentors were Marines on staff during their follow-on assignments from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Capt Nowak's research has focused on the use of LED light to transfer information underwater. Capitalizing on the wide scope of her program, she incorporated information on how light is used to communicate in space and the considerations needed for security. Utilizing past experience in coding, Capt Nowak was able to develop a prototype for testing in the Monterey Bay. The Big Ideas Exchange allowed for Capt Nowak to present her research to a broader audience. Showcasing the possible applications has sparked the interest of an NPS faculty member who hopes to build on her prototype for real-world application. Capt Nowak hopes to remain involved with developments after she leaves NPS. She would advise incoming students to focus on issues facing the fleet as soon as they can in hopes of carrying out their research as far a possible while at NPS.

Capt Nowak has balanced her academic time at NPS with the ability to become a more "well-rounded person." Her free time has allowed her to reconnect with peers from the Naval Academy also NPS and also connect with the Monterey community. As a graphic artist, she has created designs for the Marines at NPS, a cookbook published at DLI, and her local gym. Like many other students, she has enjoyed the beauty of Monterey and the opportunities for outdoor activity as well.

 
 

Major Matthew Bowman, USMC

Major Matt Bowman knew from a young age that he wanted to be a Marine. With a tradition of military service in his family, he discovered the Naval Academy on a walking tour of Annapolis and found it the place to become one of the best. In his 14 years as a Communications Officer, he has served in an Infantry battalion, as a foreign advisor, and with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. After completing his degree in Information Warfare Systems Engineering this month, he will transfer to Headquarters Marine Corps, Plans, Policies and Operations at the Pentagon.

The focus of Major Bowman's research at NPS was signature management. This encompasses how our forces look to an adversary in a variety of ways- physically, acoustically, and electromagnetically. His goal was to come up with a product for the planning process to help forces better Sense, Understand, and Manuever (SUM) based on the signatures created. This would lead to a cohesive planning process for all services and better protections of our forces.

Challenges in keeping his research relevant to the Marine Corps and the larger military led Major Bowman to his Big Idea. An established internship program with military units would give students the opportunity to share their ideas with leadership and verify their research is addressing the current needs of the greater Departmant of Defense. While NPS had programs for interning with industry, a system was not in place with the military. In the week before graduation, President Rondeau was able to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Marine Training Center at 29 Palms to more easily facilitate such interaction for future students.

Major Bowman says "nothing parallels NPS" for the experiences had here. The chance to interact with fellow Marines and other military members outside of his specialty has enriched the academic experience. Outside of the classroom he has enjoyed golf on the peninsula, California's wine country, and volunteer opportunities like the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The downtime has allowed for a better work/life balance and the ability for future planning. Major Bowman looks forward to applying what he's learned at his next duty station.

 
 

LT Christopher Hevey, USN

LT Christopher Hevey commissioned into the Navy from Norwich University seven years ago. He began his career as a Surface Warfare Officer and laterally transferred to an Engineering Duty Officer about two years ago. LT Hevey will graduate from the Systems Engineering program with a focus on Combat Systems in December. He will then attend Dive School at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City Beach, FL.

Students in the Systems Engineering program complete both a capstone project and thesis. The generation of potential design reference missions for an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) was the beginning of LT Hevey's Big Idea. His idea was to apply bleeding edge technology to expand on current mine capabilities. Currently, mines are designed to detect and engage outside stimulus by exploding. But what if a mine-like system could detect, track, identify, and then engage, if necessary? Could advancing technology be applied to UUV's to create devices that collect and communicate data from their surroundings? These are new concepts that LT Hevey hopes will be studied further.

For his thesis, LT Hevey is also looking to break new ground. Machine Learning, at its most basic, is the practice of using statistic-centered algorithms to process data, automatically learn from it, and then make a determination or prediction. In using machine learning to predict bare hull resistance, he is hoping to create a program that will inform power studies of preliminary design displacement hull forms. Using archived data from Navy scaled model tests, dating as far back as 1906, LT Hevey will train his program to predict the resistance curve. He will then validate his program against three well-known and built ship classes.

LT Hevey emphasized the relationships that can be cultivated at NPS as one of the best things about his time here. He would encourage fellow students to take the time to talk with faculty and staff outside the classroom, because it can only add to the education they acquire. He would also remind students to laugh. While coursework at NPS can be serious, students should enjoy their time in Monterey as well.

 
 

Capt Allison Reitmayer, USMC

Captain Allison Reitmayer comes from a family that serves. The daughter of a firefighter and a Radiological Technologist knew she wanted to be a part of something "bigger than myself" and found that community in the military. During her time at the U. S. Naval Academy, she found the energy and enthusiasm of the Marines there inspiring. She has served six years as a Communications Officer including time with the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa. As a Communications Officer, she has learned that information warfare is an integral part of maneuver warfare. Information operations, a key part of long-term strategic planning, is also critical at the more immediate tactical level.

As a student in the Information Warfare Systems Engineering program, Capt. Reitmayer focused her studies on deception as an aspect of information. Information can be used to manipulate the responses of our adversaries, and her research highlighted the need to consider information from the beginning of planning by identifying "What do I want the enemy to do?" and "How do I get them to do it?". This focus allowed Capt. Reitmayer to expand beyond the traditional track of her program and take courses in psychological warfare. Learning from the real-world experience of soldiers and sailors outside her area of expertise helped broaden her understanding of her research topic. She sites those "inter-service connections" as a highlight of NPS.

Another unique part of the NPS experience was Capt. Reitmayer's ability to observe training during three warfighting exercises at 29 Palms, CA. This was an opportunity to analyze the training from the outside and evaluate the use of information in planning and execution of a mission. She used the time to take an academic view of the problems presented in the training scenarios.

In her free time, Capt. Reitmayer has taken advantage of the Monterey area by joining a women's running group in Santa Cruz and adopting a dog. She has also reconnected with fellow Naval Academy alumni. To make the most of NPS, she would advise incoming students to own their education- take an elective outside your program, find a mentor, and make your research relevant to the fleet. Capt. Reitmayer will continue her career as a Technical Information Officer at the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

 
 

Join us for a Virtual SGL

 

The Naval Postgraduate School will host a virtual SGL on Tuesday, June 23, at noon PDT. Retired Admiral William McRaven will speak to the NPS community in a talk entitled "Leadership from the Battlefield to the Boardroom. Admiral McRaven has led special operations forces from the team level through to the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Please join us in watching at www.nps.edu/web/video. No registration is required.

Read a recent interview with Admiral McRaven here.