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Naval Research, Mentoring And Education Faculty Research And Intern Programs At The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Educational Outreach Efforts Led by the US Navy

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Ocean and Marine

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13.920.1 - 13.920.10



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John Barkyoumb NSWC Carderock Division


Steven Ouimette NSWC Carderock Division

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Mr. Ouimette is a 27 year employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division where he is currently the Director of Operations for the Center for Innovation in Ship Design. Prior to this assignment he was the Assistant for Operations of the Ship Systems Design and Integration Department from 2005-2006. In 2004 Mr. Ouimette was assigned as the Staff Specialist for Power and Energy within the Weapons Systems Directorate of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology. Mr. Ouimette has held numerous supervisory and managerial positions throughout his Carderock Division career developing advanced technologies for Marine Corps and Navy systems. He holds an MS in Systems Management from the University of Denver and a BS in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.

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Naval Research, Mentoring and Education -- Faculty Research and Intern Programs at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division


The Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), headquartered in West Bethesda, Maryland, exists as the navy’s full-spectrum laboratory for surface and undersea vehicle hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) systems propulsors and logistics under the Naval Sea Surface Command (NAVSEA). The term full-spectrum means performing long- term basic and applied research, development through test and evaluation, fleet support, and in- service engineering. NSWC Carderock also has the unique mission within the Warfare Centers of supporting the Maritime Administration and maritime industry as some of our capabilities in HM&E systems has commonality with commercial marine systems. To fulfill our mission of technology stewardship and enabling the smooth incorporation of the appropriate scientific and technical innovations to the fleet, we need to continuously renew our scientific and engineering expertise and reach out to emerging knowledge in academia and industry. In today’s climate of strong competition for resources and shifting priorities, predicting areas to hire and emphasize is a tricky business. A dynamic intern program is a great aid to these goals. The Carderock Division strategically uses the visiting faculty and intern program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research to achieve these goals. Furthermore, our approach is to involve the interns in ongoing projects supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) or other Navy Sponsors for research, acquisition or fleet support (generally this means NAVSEA and the Program Executive Offices) that explicitly includes mentoring of the student interns by scientists and engineers from within the Division. The Office of Naval Research started the Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program in the summer of 2002. The programmatic details can be found at the website of the American Society for Engineering Education ( The rationale for the program was two-fold: to encourage and stimulate the brightest scientific and engineering students in the nation to pursue careers in areas that could benefit the military and specifically the Navy and invigorate research at the Naval Warfare Centers and Laboratories. At the time, management at both ONR and the laboratories were grappling with both problems and the NREIP program was conceived by then Chief of Naval Research RADM Jay Cohen as part of the plan to address both issues. Although from the laboratory point of view, hiring of young professionals into Navy labs was part of the strategy; this is not explicitly a goal of the program. Some effort is made to point out to the students that R&D of value to the Nation and the Navy is performed in many arenas such as academia, small and large companies, and in government-owned laboratories. Wherever the students go in their careers, the intern experience should seed and nurture the capabilities needed for defense research. The program is open to both undergraduates (with sophomore status or higher) and graduate students. In 2007, 1594 students applied to the program nationally with internship offers being made and accepted for 194 positions (a 12% acceptance rate). Since the program’s inception in 2002, the Carderock Division has hosted a total of 272 interns for the 10-week summer internships. We have record of 26 being hired into positions within the US Navy. (The majority of hires work


Barkyoumb, J., & Ouimette, S. (2008, June), Naval Research, Mentoring And Education Faculty Research And Intern Programs At The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3849

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