Dr. Steven E. Ramberg
Steven E. Ramberg, vice-chair, is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University (NDU) on assignment from the Applied Research Laboratory of Pennsylvania State University. At NDU he occupies the Chief of Naval Research Chair where he provides analysis and advice on science and technology topics and policies, primarily in areas of naval relevance. He also regularly participates in studies, panels, and lectures for NDU, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Ocean Council via the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel, and others. During his career, he served as a Fellow and as Vice President for Arete Associates during 2007 to 2010; as the Director of the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) in LaSpezia, Italy, from 2003 to 2007; and as Director and Chief Scientist for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) from 2001 to 2003 after joining ONR in 1988. His career at ONR also involved oversight of ocean, atmosphere, and space programs in basic research through applied programs, including the Navy-owned research vessels in the academic fleet, as well as inaugurating the National Ocean Partnership Program across 12 federal agencies. At the NURC, he focused on maritime, mostly undersea, research programs while advising NATO in a number of informal and formal settings including research and technology strategies, coordination of programs among the 26 NATO nations, and transformation of NATO capabilities. In this capacity he was frequently called upon to give keynote addresses at international gatherings on topics ranging from status and trends in undersea research to issues of marine mammal risk reduction together with opportunities for port and harbor security research and maritime archaeology. Earlier, he worked at the Naval Research Laboratory where he published over 60 unclassified papers in the archival literature on fluid dynamics of bluff bodies, nonlinear ocean waves, stratified wakes, turbulence near a free surface, and related remote-sensing topics.
Mr. Ronald A. Route
VADM Ronald A. Route (USN, retired) was appointed as President, Naval Postgraduate School September 30, 2013. He comes to the assignment with over twenty years of leadership experience at the senior executive and operational level, which included responsibilities in graduate education, program requirements and resources, international affairs, research and development, and ethics. Route’s significant career assignments include President of the Naval War College, and Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command. He also served in two earlier flag officer assignments leading major divisions on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO): Director of Navy Programming and Director, Politico-Military Affairs. A career Surface Warfare Officer, Route’s sea duty included assignments and deployments in cruisers, destroyers, frigates and aircraft carriers; he commanded the AEGIS cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) and the guided-missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG 45). His most recent command at sea was the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group of ten ships plus the embarked carrier air wing. After retirement from the Navy in 2008, Route spent more than three years as a senior vice president at Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd. – an executive-level consulting firm specializing in defense industry and government business. Route holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also served as the Navy’s Senior Military Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and attended the Executive Business Course, Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Jessica K. Shang
Jessica K. Shang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include: wakes of ships and bluff bodies; vascular fluid mechanics; fluid-structure interactions and biomechanics. Previously she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine where she studied Biologically-inspired fluid mechanics (e.g., locomotion, cardiovascular flows). In 2017, she was Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Fellow. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Dr. Alexandra H. Techet
Alexandra H. Techet is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering (with tenure), in the department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. During her doctoral studies at MIT she received both the prestigious Department of Defense NDSEG fellowship, as well as the Link Foundation Fellowship in Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation. In 2002, after a brief post-doc at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Prof. Techet returned to MIT as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Ocean Engineering. In 2005, Prof. Techet joined the Mechanical Engineering Dept. at MIT when the two departments merged. She also holds a guest appointment at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and works with researchers there to develop oceangoing instrumentation. Professor Techet’s research is in the area of experimental hydrodynamics and aims to address long-standing hydrodynamics problems faced by the U. S. Navy and the ocean science and engineering communities through rigorous experimental investigation and imaging. Professor Techet was a recipient of the 2004 ONR Young Investigators Award. Her imaging work has been recognized several times (2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011) by the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Gallery of Fluid Motion and has been featured on the cover of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and in the Discovery Channel Time Warp TV Series. She received her B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1995 from Princeton University and then graduated from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanographic Engineering with a M.S. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2001.
Dr. Jennifer K. Waters
Jennifer K. Waters is professor in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the United States Naval Academy. She teaches primarily core and elective ocean engineering courses, and is involved in various ocean engineering and naval architecture research projects. She is active in a variety of USNA and external professional committees. Prior to her arrival at USNA in 1994, she was research assistant in the Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology (1991-1994) and research assistant, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Prof Waters' research interests bridge the fields of naval architecture and ocean engineering. Research sponsors have included the Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). She has a bachelor’s degree, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture; a master’s and Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken.
Dr. Yin Lu (Julie) Young
Yin Lu (Julie) Young is a Professor at the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and the Director of the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on advancing the fundamental understanding of the dynamic response and stability of adaptive marine structures in multiphase flows. Prof. Young served as the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SNAME) representative on the United States National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) between 2009-2014, and she is an active member on the SNAME H-8 (Propulsion Hydrodynamics) Panel. Dr. Young has written over two hundred journal and conference papers in the area of fluid-structure interactions related to marine and coastal structures, and she has acted as a consultant to government and industry. Dr. Young has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Dick K. Yue
Dick K.P. Yue is Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Director of International Programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His career has included research on computational hydrodynamics, research and teaching in marine fluid mechanics, and applying biomimetic principles to marine design. He is the former Associate Dean of Engineering and developer of unique education programs and instructional methods and tools. Dr. Yue earned Sc.D./Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in civil engineering from MIT in 1980, 1976, and 1974, respectively. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the MIT Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Award and Fellowship (2006 - 2008), the Japanese Government Foreign Specialist Research Award (1987), the Henry L. Doherty Chair Professorship (1984 - 1986), and the Arthur T. Ippen Fellow (1976). Dr. Yue is a life member of the American Physical Society and of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.