Research we're funding, Adobe CEO visits NPS, Grand Winter Ball info, honoring Admiral Ruck, and more.

Research Report: An inside look into the research we fund at NPS
Additive Manufacturing and a New Material That Absorbs Heat

One of the potential applications of this research is lining military tents with this new heat-absorbing and heat-producing material.

One of our 2019 seed projects is NPS Professor Claudia Luhrs' research project on developing systems containing epoxy resins-phase change materials. Translation: She and her team have developed a material that improves the thermal performance of living and storage spaces. This material can literally absorb and release heat to help regulate temperatures, which opens the door to many applications in the U.S. military and beyond. We asked Claudia some questions to learn more about her research and next steps.

What problem inspired you to initiate this research?

"The statistics related to heat strokes, the reports of temperatures that are reached in certain places that our students conduct operations, the temperatures that our electronic equipment needs to be at to properly function and the costs of having the living and storage spaces at a comfortable and healthy range."

How could your research findings potentially improve the U.S. military and the experiences of troops?

"The technology has not been adopted yet, however, we believe it has great potential to act in conjunction with other systems as a passive strategy to regulate temperatures. For example, it can be used in liners that can be easily installed and removed as needed to buffer the temperatures of living and storage spaces. This use could be helpful in disaster relief operations such as temporary housing. And with more investment and further development, we could also imagine these materials being used in wearable fabrics."

How did seed funding from the NPS Foundation help your research?

"The seed funding was instrumental to get us started, it made it possible to acquire initial chemicals and provided traveling funds to get a collaboration started to develop a model to estimate energy savings if we were to use these materials."

What is still needed in order to apply this technology?

"Finalizing the development of a business and transition plan that some of my colleagues are currently working on ... Getting the interest of an industrial partner to help us prototype and scale up, and identifying potential users."

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New Admiral Ruck Leadership Award Honors Former
NPSAAF Executive Director

The inaugural Rear Admiral Merrill W. Ruck Leadership Award is presented to NPS student Lieutenant Vikram Kanth.

Rear Admiral and Former Executive Director of the NPS Foundation Merrill Ruck passed away last month and we are helping to honor his legacy by establishing the Rear Admiral Merrill W. Ruck Leadership Award. The award will be presented annually to a student who displays exemplary leadership abilities, impacting his/her fellow students, NPS and the local community.


Rear Admiral Merrill W. Ruck

Admiral Merrill W. Ruck served as the executive director of the NPS Foundation from 2005-2013. He officially began his military career in 1936, receiving his commission from the NROTC Program after graduating from Brown University. His many sea duty tours include time as the commander of the Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE, commanding officer of the USS Bagley, and chief engineer of the USS CORAL SEA.

He earned a master's degree in foreign affairs from George Washington University and also attended the Naval Destroyer School, Naval War College, and the Surface Warfare Officer School. His personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Navy Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and more.

NPS News: Adobe CEO Talks Change During Guest Lecture

After speaking to the NPS community, Narayen spent time talking with (R to L) NPSF CEO Rich Patterson, NPS President Rondeau, NPSF Trustee Don Beall and Trustee Emeritus Bill Warner.

Thanks to our speaker's initiative and partnership with NPS, Shantanu Narayen, chairman and CEO of Adobe, offered the latest Secretary of the Navy Guest Lecture (SGL) to students, faculty and staff last week.
One of the major goals of the SGL series is to provide students with insights on relevant topics of defense and security. At Adobe, Narayen says, an understanding of analytics has empowered the company, and it can do the same for the Department of Defense. “We have analytic software that allows us to evaluate when data is being looked at and if there’s an anomaly associated with its usage. In each of the domains of software, thinking about how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to process data, that’s important to make critical decisions in milliseconds,” he said.
Other NPS News Highlights:
You're Invited: Discover NPS Day is October 25

On Friday, Oct. 25 from 9am to 3pm, the Naval Postgraduate School will host a rare ‘behind the scenes’ event open to the public to help bridge the gap between the local community and NPS. Come get a hands-on glimpse into the strategic undertakings of NPS, including research areas like:

  • Cyber security
  • Sleep impacted performance
  • Unmanned systems
Self-guided walking tours will be available all day and student-guided lab tours will happen every hour. Don't miss this unique event!
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Tickets Available NOW for our 12th Annual Grand Winter Ball

It's an event you don't want to miss! Our 2019 Grand Winter Ball is on Saturday, December 7. You can now purchase your tickets and reserve a table online. This year, the event will include a champagne reception, dinner, live music, dancing and (as always) a snowy red carpet entrance. Come dressed in your best!

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New Quarter Social Offers Fall Fun for Students, Families

On October 3, we hosted our new quarter social for NPS students and their families. Many of them came out to enjoy our fall-themed kickoff for the new quarter, which included mini pumpkin decorating for the kids and a wing cook-off competition. The NPSF Sailing Club came in first with the winning recipe, followed by the Golf Club and Skydiving Club. Thanks to all who joined us!


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