Academic Research

NASEC 2015 Speakers

Speaker - Forrestal Lecture (Monday, Nov 9th, at 1930, in Alumni Hall)

McMillanDr. Charles F. McMillan became Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and President of Los Alamos National Security, LLC, on June 1, 2011. The Laboratory is a principal contributor to the Department of Energy’s programs to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and reduce the international dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction. Los Alamos has an annual operating budget of approximately $2.1 billion, employees and contractors numbering some 10,000, and a 36-square-mile site of scientific laboratories, nuclear facilities, experimental capabilities, administration buildings, and utilities.

Before becoming Laboratory Director, McMillan served as the Principal Associate Director for Weapons Programs, responsible for the science, technology, engineering, and infrastructure enabling the Laboratory to fulfill its nuclear deterrent mission. McMillan directed the research that supported the technical analysis necessary to ensure the stockpile remains safe, secure, and effective. This included small-scale materials experiments through fully integrated hydrotests that provided essential validation data for modeling and simulation, in the absence of full-scale nuclear testing.

McMillan has 30 years of scientific and leadership experience in weapons science, stockpile certification, experimental physics, and computational science. His career spans both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. McMillan started his career as an experimental physicist at Livermore in 1983. During his two decades there, he held a variety of research and management positions.

He holds a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Washington Adventist University. He has earned two DOE Awards of Excellence, one of them for developing an innovative holographic tool that enhances the ability of scientists to predict nuclear performance.

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Speaker -- Keynote Presentation Monday, Nov 9th at 0900,

in 102 Rickover Hall

Martin JeffriesDr. Martin Jeffries is an Arctic Science Advisor & Program Officer for Arctic and Global Prediction in the Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department (Code 32), Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, VA.  He joined ONR in March 2014 after 28.5 years of service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where he was a Research Professor of Geophysics. He was on secondment at the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Arctic Research Commission between 2006 and 2014. 

Dr. Jeffries went to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1985 after completing a doctorate at the University of Calgary, Canada, which involved fieldwork on the ice shelves of northernmost Ellesmere Island. Since then, his research into the geophysics of floating ice (ice shelves, icebergs [ice islands], sea ice, lake ice, snow cover) has taken him to the Arctic Ocean, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and many places in Alaska. There, his work focused on integrated lake ice research and experiential learning for K-12 teachers and students.  

Dr. Jeffries is a member of the Inter-agency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) staff, and leader of the Sea Ice Collaboration Team, responsible for the implementation of the U.S.  Arctic Research Plan and parts of the U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic Region. He is also the Principal Editor of the online annual Arctic Report Card, and Associate Editor of the annual NOAA State of the Climate Report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, for which he co-edits the Arctic chapter. Originally from the U.K., Dr. Jeffries is a life-long Manchester United supporter.

For further information about the Office of Naval Research please click here.

Speaker -- Keynote Presentation Tuesday, Nov 10th at 1000,

in 102 Rickover Hall

Rick MurrayDr. Richard W. Murray is Division Director, Ocean Sciences, at the National Science Foundation.  He is a Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University (BU), where he has been located since 1992. He was the Director of the BU Marine Program from 2006-2009, and served as Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences from 2000-2005.  While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Hamilton College (1985), he also participated in the Sea Education Association’s (SEA’s) program in Woods Hole.  After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the Graduate School of Oceanography (University of Rhode Island).  Murray’s research interests are in marine geochemistry, with an emphasis on sedimentary chemical records of climate change, as well as modern oceanographic processes in the tropics.  He has authored or co-authored ~80 peer-reviewed scientific research papers.  Murray’s research funding has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the Ocean Drilling Program and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the U. S. Geological Survey, and other agencies.  Murray is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a former Trustee of the Sea Education Association, and helped initiate and manage the Link Foundation’s Ph.D. Fellowship Program in “Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation”.  As a seagoing oceanographer, he has participated on many research cruises in various capacities, including Co-Chief Scientist on the “Asian Monsoon” IODP expedition and Chief Scientist on the last full research cruise of the R/V Knorr.

For more information on the National Science Foundation, please visit here. To see some of the recent news on Ocean Sciences discoveries in Dr. Murray's Division, please click here.

Subject Matter Expert Presentations

Sunday, Nov 8th, in 102 Rickover Hall, Beginning at 1420

Climate and Technology

Dave TitleyDr. Dave Titley is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Founding Director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. 

Dr. Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  Dr. Titley’s career included duties as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.  He initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.  After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dr. Titley holds a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School.  He is a member of numerous advisory boards and National Academies of Science committees.

Dr. Titley was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011.

For further information on Prof. Titley's activities, please visit his website here.

Ecology and the Environment

Sarah Preheim

Prof. Sarah Preheim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research areas are Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, and Bioinformatics.Prof. Preheim works to address environmental issues involving microbial processes by merging metagenomics with models of ecosystem function to better understand microbial diversity and dynamics.

Prof. Preheim received her Bachelor's of Science from the Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. She received her Ph.D. in 2010 through a joint program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, she joined the JHU faculty in January 2015.

For more information on Professor Preheim's research please visit her website here.


Energy and the Developing Countries

Rich CarlinDr. Richard T. Carlin is Department Head for the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). As Department Head, Dr. Carlin overseas a broad range of S&T programs for surface ships, submarines, and undersea weapons with an annual budget of approximately $400M per year.   Prior to his current position, he was the Director for the Undersea Weapons and Naval Materials Division with responsibilities in undersea weapons and countermeasures, advanced energetics, structural materials, materials for power systems, and maintenance reduction technologies.   Dr. Carlin joined ONR in 1997 as the Program Officer for Electrochemistry S&T and Undersea Weapons Propulsion with programs covering numerous electrochemical and thermal power technologies. Dr. Carlin serves as the Department of the Navy’s Power & Energy S&T Focus Area executive and is the Navy S&T representative on various energy advisory groups, including Naval Task Force Energy.  He also serves as the U.S. principle on the NATO RTO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel.  Before joining ONR, Dr. Carlin held several positions in academia, industry, and government.   

Dr. Carlin received his bachelor’s of science in honors chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1977, and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University in 1982.  Additionally, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Robert A. Osteryoung’s electrochemistry research group at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has published over 100 technical papers including 57 reviewed papers and one book chapter, and he is also co-inventor on 7 United State patents.

For more information on the Office of Naval Research please click here.  The website for Dr. Carlin's department at ONR is located here.

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