Weapons & Systems Engineering

Faculty and Staff

Department Administration

Chair: Prof. Kiriakos Kiriakidis (kiriakid@usna.edu)
Associate Chair: CDR Tracie Severson  (severson@usna.edu)
Executive Assistant: LCDR Raymond Guethler (guethler@usna.edu)
Educational Technician: Barbara Burgett (burgett@usna.edu)

Faculty Listing

Faculty members that hold academic rank comprise Career Civilian Faculty (tenure-track and tenured), Permanent Military Professors, and Research Professors; they have earned terminal degrees in their fields of inquiry; they teach primarily the courses associated with the major in Systems Engineering; they provide expertise and leadership in all matters academic.

Military officers and visiting faculty members typically teach the courses of the Weapons Program; they provide unmatched operational, real-world experience with modern naval weapons systems and most hold a Masters degree in a technical field; they are recognized with the academic title of Instructor.  In addition, they serve as professional mentors and role models for the midshipman.




  • Connett, Brian

    LCDR, USN Junior Permanent Military Professor M.S. in Space Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, 2014 M.S. in Systems Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 2006

  • Dawkins, Jeremy

    Assistant Professor Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University, 2011
    Research Interests
    Vehicle Modeling and Simulation, Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Multi-Vehicle Collaboration, Vehicle State Estimation


  • Doney, Kevin

    CDR, USN Senior Instructor M.S., Naval Postgraduate School


  • Farnoly, Daniel J.

    LT, USN Instructor M.S., University of Maryland


  • Fritts, Kristina

    LT, USN Master Instructor M.S., Carnegie Mellon University

  • Guethler, Raymond M.

    LCDR, USN Senior Instructor & Executive Assistant M.S., Naval Postgraduate School


  • Jimenez, Justin C.

    LT, USN Senior Instructor M.S., Naval Postgraduate School

  • Kennedy, P. Ryan

    LT, USN Instructor M.S., University of Maryland, 2014

  • Kiriakidis, Kiriakos

    Professor & Department Chair Ph.D., Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 1996
    Research Interests
    Detection and Tracking of Multiple Targets, System-theoretic Analysis of Biomedical and Biological Systems, Estimation and Control Based on Aggregate Models

  • Knowles, Ken

    Professor Emeritus Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1977


  • LaVallee, Matthew P.

    MAJ, USMC Instructor M.S., Naval Postgraduate School

  • Martin, Michael F.

    MAJ, USMC Senior Instructor M.S., Naval Postgraduate School




  • Peerally, Filipe

    CAPT, USMC Senior Instructor M.S., Naval Postgraduate School


  • Piper, George

    Professor Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 1990
    Research Interests
    Areas of unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic aircraft, and space vehicle dynamics and control
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  • Richards, Gillian

    CDR, USNR Senior Instructor M.E. in Bioengineering, University of Utah


  • Severson, Tracie

    CDR, USN Assistant Professor & Associate Chair Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, 2013

  • Shorr, Curtis

    Capt, USAF Instructor M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology


  • Veteto, Gregory M.

    CAPT, USMC Instructor M.S., Naval Postgraduate School


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