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Veteran Engagement in the NEPTUNE Program Next Generation Energy Technologies and Systems for Civilian and Military Applications The US Navy is focused on continuously improving energy effectiveness in its operations and wishes to explore additional research related opportunities with universities in a partnership. The US Navy and Arizona State University (ASU) recognize that energy systems include human interaction and that an important element of effectiveness is optimizing energy systems. ASUs faculty, student, and research staff will work collaboratively with the US Navy to develop a partnership combining energy related research with the objective of exploring relevant skill building pathways for veterans and military personnel. This program is being delivered on the New American University model of access, excellence, and impact while driving interdisciplinary, use-inspired research and education. To facilitate the development of state-of-the-art technologies and the transition of these technologies to the US Navy, ASU proposes the NEPTUNE research program. Military personnel/veterans engagement will be implemented in partnership with the ASU Pat Tillman Veterans Center. The Center is led by CAPT Steve Borden (USN retired). Steve will be an integral part of the core team of Investigators who will meet monthly to review veteran recruitment, integration and best practices relevant to the NEPTUNE objectives. ASU has over 3800 veterans enrolled. We find that many veterans choose ASU because of the fact that it is an excellent university and has the courses of study that they want. It is great for them to also see ASU is consistently listed as a top school for being veteran friendly by GI Jobs. This NEPTUNE program will help the center connect veterans to networks leading to careers and also provide veterans with the opportunity bring their practical experience to use inspired research. As part of the integration plan ASU will have a monthly meeting with the core investigators to share best practice and create a cohesive culture. In addition, during year one, ASU expects to have a half day/day NEPTUNE learning event that will promote knowledge sharing with the veteran community by way of presentations, posters and demos. This event could be enhanced/replicated at the end of year one as part of the mid-way or year one review process that we discussed. A final event may be combined with an appropriate workshop(s)/presentation(s) at a relevant military or National Guard base. Co-authorship of publications is a priority for this project and the investigators are enthusiastic about this as it builds veteran career opportunities. All of the projects offer the opportunity for 400/500 level independent study courses. Two projects have identified a relationship with NPS - building off the visit that we made in January this year. Some of the teams have proposed webinars based learning events, which give us the opportunity to extend our outreach. ASU will review the pilots and then determine how extensions can be enhanced in year two. ASU is budgeting a veteran position that will provide the backup, support and integration for the program. Also LightWorks has effectively used a facilitated peer discussion to help investigators to interact with businesses in the market that their IP is directed towards. This type of workshop could be very effective with a combination of active duty/veterans to improve an understanding of the connectivity of the technology with military communities. ASU LightWorks will create this as an offer to the investigators - two projects may be good candidates for pilot: 1) Remote Sensing for Smart Renewable Power (Calhoun) and 2) Underwater Optical Communication on a Real-Time Sensor Mooring Deployed in Tempe Town Lake (Youngbull)
Effective start/end date8/7/1511/30/18


  • DOD-NAVY: Office of Naval Research (ONR): $1,500,000.00


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