Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference
NASEC 2012

4 - 6 November 2012

The U.S. Naval Academy, a leading institution of higher education with strong programs and emphases in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), will host an annual conference to bring policy makers and science advisors together with university faculty and students to meet and discuss significant science and engineering issues and challenges.

The conference provides a forum to bring together the nation's future Navy and Marine Corps officers with their peers from other colleges and universities, both civilian and military, from across the country.

This student-run conference aims to provide a forum in which the student partcipants engage in discussion and research on some of the key scientific and technical challenges facing the nation and the world. The format of the conference is as follows: On the first day of the conference, Sunday, Nov 4th, subject matter experts will present their views on the current state of our understanding in the three conference themes, Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels, Cyber Space and Security , and Water and Sustainability, pointing us to some of the challenges and open problems we face in each area. Following these presentations, the student participants will select one of the three themes and spend the remainder of the conference in discussions and research on the challenges presented. Because of the working nature of this conference, it is desirable that the attendees partcipate in the entire conference.

The conference attendees will also have the unique opportunity to hear from three distinguished speakers, listed below, about their perspectives on the main themes of the conference. In addition, a special Poster Session , and a Hands-on/Minds-on session offer all student participants the opportunity to engage in conversations and activities about their own personal research interests.

Conference Themes

Energy and Alternative Fuels

Cyberspace and Cybersecurity

Water and Sustainability


Keynote Address:

The Honorable Subra Suresh, Ph. D., distinguished engineer and scientist, was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in September 2010. As director of this $7-billion independent federal agency since October 2010, he leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of fundamental science and engineering research and related education. NSF's programs and initiatives keep the United States at the forefront of science and engineering, empower future generations of scientists and engineers, and foster economic growth and innovation. Prior to assuming his current role, Suresh served as the dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His experimental and modeling work on the mechanical properties of structural and functional materials, innovations in materials design and characterization, and discoveries of possible connections between cellular nanomechanical processes and human disease states have shaped new fields in the fertile intersections of traditional disciplines. He has co-authored more than 240 journal articles, registered 21 patents, and written three widely used materials science books. More than a hundred students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars have been members of his research group, and many of them now occupy prominent positions in academia, industry, and government worldwide. Suresh received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in First Class with Distinction; a master's degree from Iowa State University; and a Doctor of Science degree from MIT. Following postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he joined the faculty of engineering at Brown University in December 1983, and was promoted to full professor in July 1989. He joined MIT in 1993 as the R.P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and served as head of MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering during 2000-2006.

Speaker - Forrestal Lecture:

Mr. Charles O. Holliday, Jr. is the Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Corporation, and the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont, 1998-2008. Under his direction, DuPont established its mission to achieve sustainable growth: increasing shareholder and societal value while decreasing the company’s environmental footprint. He isa member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Board of Directors of Deere & Co, Royal Dutch Shell, CH2MHill, the Climate Works Foundation, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and the National Geographic Education Foundation. Mr. Holliday is the Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, past Chair of the Board of The Business Council, Catalyst, and the Council on Competitiveness.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Zachary J. Lemnios is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) , the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Chief Technology Office, providing thought leadership for the Department’s near-, mid- and far-term research and engineering efforts to develop the technical capabilities to support the Secretary of Defense goals and priorities and the principal staff advisor for research and engineering matters to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Mr. Lemnios is a Principal member, Committee on Technology of the National Science and Technology Council; Advisor, Defense Acquisition Board; Chairman, Radiation Hardened Oversight Council (RHOC); Chairman, Defense Science and Technology Advisory Group (DSTAG); Chairman, Armed Services Biomedical Research Evaluation and Management Committee; Chairman, DoD Combat Feeding Research and Engineering Board (CFREB); and Chairman, DoD Biometrics Executive Committee. Before assuming this position, Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, responsible for coordinating technology strategy across the organization and for establishing and growing external strategic relationships to support current and future Laboratory missions. He also served as Assistant Division Head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Solid State Division, as a member of the Laboratory's Senior Management Council and as the Co-Chair of the Laboratory's New Technology Initiative (NTI) Board. Mr. Lemnios received his BSEE from the University of Michigan and his MSEE from Washington University in St. Louis. He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced GaAs device and MMIC technology and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Participating Institutions


NASEC 2012 Details and Supporting Information

Detailed Agenda

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Conference Logistics

Poster Session Guidance

IT Do's and Don'ts for Laptop Use at USNA

Recommended Type of Attire: 

 khakis/Dockers with open collared shirts; comparable for women; no shorts

Pass & Access Directions for Speakers

O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel

Visiting USNA

NASEC Registration


Annapolis Weather


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