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LT Brenton Campbell, USN, member of ARSENL, selected for the SSC-Pacific Student Fellowship Award 

by Timothy Chung

Lt Brenton Campbell, USN

LT Brenton Campbell stands behind one of the flying aerial robots outside of the Advanced Robotic Systems ENgineering Laboratory (ARSENL). LT Campbell’s research explores advanced concepts for swarm robot control and human-swarm robot interactions.

Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific recently announced that three NPS students were selected to receive Student Fellowship awards.  LT Brenton Campbell, one of Dr. Tim Chung's thesis students, was one of the three.  Brenton's research focuses on swarm formation and human-swarm interaction.  He will receive a fellowship award of $10,000 to assist in his research and be assigned a senior SSC Pacific scientist mentor.  Unlike the majority of the academic work done on swarm behavior, instead of conducting experiments only in computer simulations, Brenton is working with physical quadrotor flying robots in his work with the Advanced Robotic Systems ENgineering Laboratory (ARSENL) to better understand how to control multiple agents simultaneously. This research leverages the Unmanned Systems Laboratory spaces in Halligan Hall, which is equipped with a motion capture indoor positioning system, and the Parrot AR DroneTM, a commercial-off-the-shelf robot that has four rotors, can connect via WiFi, and has a large open-source user base.  Most importantly, the AR Drones are inexpensive, which supports exploring concepts and conducting experiments with a large numbers of robots.  

During the Winter quarter, Brenton worked closely with fellow ARSENL students, MAJ Brad Davis  (Computer Science) and LT Nicole Ramos (Systems Engineering) as part of Dr. Chung's SE4900 directed study to lay the groundwork for controlling multiple drones concurrently.  Their work is producing promising results and will be leveraged heavily in Brenton's fellowship research. 

Coordinated swarms of conventional off-the-shelf quadrotor UAVs could be a powerful force multiplier, for example, in the expeditionary sensor grid, while being much more cost effective than existing high-end UAV programs of record. Although data taken from a single unit may be of limited value in isolation, when aggregated with data from many other swarm agents, a higher level of battlespace awareness is potentially achievable. Such operational applications provide the motivation for LT Campbell's thesis, and the SSC-Pacific Student Fellowship is aimed at helping him achieve his research objectives.


Campbell, Brenton (LT)



Meyer Award Winners 

March Graduation


311-123L: Alain Deleon

311-103A4: Stephen Williams

311-123A: Erik Merk and Wilson Casillan


311-123L: Kwinn, Brigitte (CIV) and MacKinnon, Douglas (CIV)

311-123A: Carlson, Ronald (Ron) (CIV) and Montgomery, Paul (CIV)

Faculty & Staff Congratulations

Ray Madachy was elected as Treasurer of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) San Diego Chapter for 2014

Madachy, Raymond (Ray) (CIV)

SE PhD Student Received HENAAC Luminary Award 

submitted by Brigitte Kwinn & Captain Joe Beel, U.S Navy

Mr. Escobar HENAAC Luminary Award Recipient

Fernando Escobar has been selected to receive a 2013 HENAAC Luminary Award. Luminary Award recipients are Hispanic professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math recognized for their significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community.  Mr. Escobar is being recognized for his research and development efforts within the Advanced Concepts and Applied Research Branch, Code 71173. He is responsible for executing emergent concept activities between SSC Pacific, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), SPAWAR PEO, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and other government agencies.
Specifically, he was instrumental in successfully executing the Federated Battle Lab experiment for the GPS Interference Situational Awareness (GISA) concept of fusing disparate GPS sensor information into a cohesive picture to determine the location of GPS interference.  He was selected to participate in the SSC Pacific Innovation Center to develop the framework for autonomous Command and Control (C2).  His expertise led him to coordinate with DARPA to participate in the development of the concept of Collaborative Networked Autonomous Vehicles (CNAV), a unique concept enabling game changing capability for ASW.  Additionally, he was instrumental in the efforts at PEO developing and implementing the Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) process, facilitating transition of technology over the "Valley of Death".
In the fall 0f 2010, Mr. Escobar received another Master's Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Systems Engineering and is currently pursuing his PhD in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Additionally, he was chosen as the SSC Pacific nominee as a Technology Fellow at the Strategic Studies Group, an organization chartered by the Chief of Naval Operations to provide strategic guidance to the very highest level of Navy leadership.
Mr. Escobar was recognized at the 25th Anniversary Conference 3-5 October 2013, in New Orleans, LA at the Salute to STEM Military & Civilians Hero Reception and Awards & Luminary Luncheon.

Joe Beel
Captain, U.S Navy
Commanding Officer
SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
Mr. Escobar 


What is the Connection Catalyst?

Connection Catalyst Website

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Connection Catalyst site serves as a portal for students, faculty, and students to connect and share research ideas and needs.  Students can post interests and new ideas, faculty can connect with students and sponsors, and sponsors can promote opportunities and connect with those qualified to help.

Please Note: This NPS Connection Catalyst site is for the unclassified exchange of ideas to create interactions and connections among research colleagues. Do not include classified, restricted, or proprietary information. The users of this site are not officials able to represent the US government for any financial or contractual commitments. This site is not to be used for making financial commitments for projects, contracts, or other work requests.

Connection Catalyst

Call for Applicants Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master’s Degree

with System of Systems or Systems Development Focus

by Wally Owen, Program Manager

Commencing the week of 7 July 2014

Programs Delivered via Distance Learning

Sponsor Codes: OPEN Enrollments (311-144P or 311-144O)

The Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Department of Systems Engineering is pleased to announce the offering of two (2) Systems Engineering Non-Resident Master’s degree programs starting the week of 7 July 2014; Cohort 311-144P with a Systems Development focus commencing Tuesday 8 July 2014 and Cohort 311-144O with a System of Systems focus commencing Wednesday 8 July 2014. Both programs are open to qualified uniformed officers, federal employees and defense contractors. 


The SE Non-Resident Master’s degree is a two-year part-time program that is delivered synchronously using COLLABORATE, a web conferencing tool. Students take two (2) courses per quarter for eight (8) consecutive quarters attending two (2) three hour sessions each week; Cohort 311-144P on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1400-1700 (Pacific Time) and Cohort 311-144O on Wednesdays and Fridays  1100-1400 (Pacific Time). To use COLLABORATE, students need Internet access, a PC microphone (mandatory) and a PC camera (optional).  There is no special software for COLLABORATE and it is compatible with NMCI.  All COLLABORATE sessions are recorded.


Students who successfully complete the program will earn either a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (provided they hold an ABET undergraduate engineering degree, or can establish equivalency) or a Master of Science in Engineering Systems (all others). Students also earn an NPS Systems Engineering Certificate and DAU equivalency for DAWIA training requirements of the Engineering (ENG) career field (SYS101, 202, 203 and 302).


The tuition price is $2,250 per course for uniformed officers/federal government civilians and $2,400 per course for defense contractors. Tuition prices may change from fiscal year to fiscal year, but will not change within a fiscal year. NPS is mission funded for qualified active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers. Students or command representatives are expected to purchase their own books.  If NPS is required to provide books, add $200 fixed price per course per student.

To apply

Applicants should visit the SE Non-Res website and under the Quick Links, select Apply Now.  Each applicant is required to complete and return a Participation Agreement signed by a Command/Company Authorizing official, as part of the application process (PA is attached). Commands/Companies that are sponsoring multiple students can fill out one PA with an attached list of endorsed applicants.  The SE Non-Resident Master’s Degree program is Curriculum 311.  Candidates are applying for Academic Year 2014, Quarter 4.  Candidates should type the sponsor code of 311-144P or 311-144O in the Comments section of the application.  The application deadline, which includes receipt of all official transcripts by the NPS Admissions Office, is 18 April 2014. Late applications will be considered based on seat availability. 

More Information

SE Non-Resident Master's Program Info


Program Manager, Owen, Walter (Wally) (CIV)

Academic Associate, Giachetti, Ronald (Ron) (CIV)

Center for Educational Design, Development & Distribution Student Coordinator, GEAC Student Coordinator

Welcome Aboard 

Ms. Lois HazardMs. Lois Hazard joined the faculty of the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in November 2013 and serves as Faculty Associate for Research working with faculty and students across campus to facilitating the NPS Studies Program, the NPS/E2O Multidisciplinary Energy Studies Support Program, and the Marine Forces Reserve Research Program. All programs strive to leverage NPS structure and policies to address warfighter research requirements and other relevant issues. She continues to manage the Technologies for Information Operations (TIO) Short Course. She also works closely with the Energy Academic Group under the leadership of Dr. Dan Nussbaum. 

Prior to joining the Systems Engineering Department, Ms. Hazard served as Research Assistant working under the United States Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center Program Office. Key programs and areas of interest included: NATO’s Building Integrity Initiative and the biennial NATO Building Integrity Conference; the TIO Short Course; the NPS-NATO School Cyber Security and International Maritime Security certificate programs; and the Simulator Validation Working Group. She also served as a primary point of contact for additional training and education programs in the field of Cyber Security. 

Ms. Hazard has worked in higher education for over twelve years for institutions such as: Holy Names University in Oakland, California; English Language Services; and University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she was responsible for all presidential events. Lois has a proven track record of award-winning special events having received bronze and silver medals at both the district and national level from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as well as a gold medal CAPPIE Award from the Sacramento Public Relations Association for Overall Public Relations Programs for Pacific’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Ms. Hazard graduated summa cum laude from Holy Names University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian. 

Lois Hazard 

Faculty Associate – Research

Systems Engineering Department

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Naval Postgraduate School

Hazard, Lois (CIV)

Ms. Tahmina KarimovaMs. Tahmina Karimova joined the United States Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC) Program Office/ Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in 2010 and transitioned to a Faculty Associate at the Systems Engineering (SE) Department in November 2013. Prior to joining NPS, Ms. Karimova worked with international and governmental organizations with a focus on public policy, government elections, gender issues, and international relations.

Her responsibilities at the SE Department include international outreach, advancement of interdisciplinary development of NPS capabilities and solutions (SE for non-Engineering problems), enhancement of cross-campus interactions and systems thinking approach to better meet security cooperation programs’ needs; as well as research, development, and execution of short course academic programs that fill current needs and gaps for the U.S. Navy, DOD, NATO, UN, and international partners’ capacity building goals and objectives.

Ms. Karimova received her graduate diploma in Intercultural Communications and Linguistics summa cum laude from the Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) University in 2006. She attended a postgraduate Political Science Program at the Tajik Academy of Sciences and earned her MPA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Graduate School of Middlebury College, in 2011.

Tahmina’s background and regional expertise encompass countries of Central Asia and Eurasia and she is fluent in Russian, Tajik, and Farsi (Dari).

Tahmina T. Karimova 

Faculty Associate

Systems Engineering Department

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Naval Postgraduate School

Karimova, Tahmina (CIV)


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