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DVIDS – News – NSWCPD Poster Session Features Summer Intern Research Projects

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division summer interns presented their research projects during a competitive poster session on July 28, 2022.

Each summer, the NSWCPD hosts students from the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP); Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Internship Program; and Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), all sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). In addition, the command now also hosts the Naval Education Workplace Training (NEWT) program, sponsored by the NSWCPD. This year’s poster session featured the projects of 31 participants across the four programs.

Interns participate in a 10-week hands-on experience to learn about naval research and technology while receiving top-notch mentorship from top scientists and engineers.

“It provides a unique and not-so-common opportunity for the NSWCPD membership to learn more about the division. Due to its size, we don’t have many opportunities to learn about what’s going on in our organization. It’s one of those rare opportunities to learn more,” said Tristan Wolfe, NSWCPD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach Program Manager.

“This is a great opportunity for you, and this is a great opportunity for this country. Especially for our navy, we want to hire people who bring this technology, this innovation and a new way of thinking to the world. is what we need to do to move forward,” said Captain Dana Simon, Commander of NSWCPD, during the awards ceremony which took place after the poster session.

Simon further expressed his appreciation for new generations, ideas and the eagerness to pass those ideas on to the Navy.

This year’s first place winners for SEAP focused on an upgrade to salinity monitoring systems. Caryn Chandler, a senior at Philadelphia High School for Girls, and Adriana Drones, a freshman at Drexel University studying mechanical engineering, highlighted their journey during the 10-week program.

“This summer, Adriana and I not only had the opportunity to design a layout, but also to upgrade a salinity monitoring system. The salinity monitoring system measures the salt content in the salinity system. ship’s water, for example, the boiler and the steam systems on the ship,” Chandler said.

Although Drones already has experience in robotics, she acknowledged that “it’s another level of working in a professional setting. Plus being hands-on was another benefit of the process. Designing, building and seeing the product take life is a different experience.”

The students worked closely with their mentors to organize a project focused on technical issues within the fleet.

Chandler and Drones shared how their mentors impacted the ease of transitioning into an unfamiliar field.

“Our mentors eased the transition for us. They helped us and introduced us to this, but still allowed us (to work) on this project, giving us the creative freedom to feel included,” Chandler said.

“They are not only great at advising us, but also at giving us a major project,” Drones said.

Other projects, such as those worked on by the second-place winners, highlighted the CVN 68-class ECSCCS (Electronic Catapult Steam Charge Control System) test bed, created by Christian Ricks and Adittya Siyam, graduates of George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science. .

“The point of the testbed is to have the hardware at your fingertips so you don’t have to go to a ship to test new software and hardware updates,” Siyam said, adding that it is used for troubleshooting rare situations. For example, if an aircraft encounters problems with the system, we can simulate this problem on the test bench and try to understand what is happening and help them. »

Although the event was held in person for the first time in two years, some presenters participated virtually, such as NREIP third-place winners Alec Lanter and Charlee Pappler, who devoted their research to the design of a residual heat recovery system.

“The LPD 17 preheaters operate in cold weather, using a large amount of electrical power. Our goal was to reduce or eliminate electrical power requirements by taking waste heat from the central freshwater pipes that cool the four The ship’s main propulsion diesel engines We re-use a waste heat recovery system, with a main propulsion diesel engine heat recovery unit to capture waste heat and use it with hot water heating coils to the preheaters,” Pappler said.

As for the 10 weeks devoted by these 31 interns, their ideas will have a long-term impact on the NSWCPD.

“In many cases, the technical work that students do impacts our ships, our sailors, and our engineers and scientists. In other cases, it can lay the foundation for a larger, multi-year project,” said Wolfe. “I was a mentor before, and some of the work done by my former interns is still used within the organization and has impacted multiple programs and platforms. It’s not just “busy work “they’re doing. It’s real science, math, and engineering with real applications that impact the direction of the United States Department of the Navy.

At the end of the ceremony, Simon shared the memories the projects brought back to him, such as third place winner Nymaat Bracey, a SEAP intern, whose project focused on assistive technology for gardening.

“The poster that focuses on granny’s gardening is something I can relate to,” Simon said, mentioning that although he doesn’t garden, he has a green thumb when pulling weeds. from his garden.

“Sometimes (when) we get older, it gets harder to do things. I think the things that we do with technology, we’re going to need devices like this to make it easier for us,” Simon said.

The NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civil engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff. The NSWCPD team performs research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and equipment and materials related for Navy surface ships and submarines. The NSWCPD is also the organization responsible for cybersecurity for all ship systems.

Date taken: 18.08.2022
Date posted: 18.08.2022 11:45
Story ID: 427510
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