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Bowman Scholar Program

About the Bowman Scholar Program

Each year, a small group of Naval Academy midshipmen second-class (juniors), who are seeking initial service assignments in the nuclear Navy, may be offered the opportunity to compete for appointments as Admiral Frank Bowman Scholars. Prior to selection as a Bowman Scholar, candidates will be interviewed for the Navy's nuclear power training pipeline by the Director, Naval Reactors. If selected for nuclear power training and subsequently selected as a Bowman Scholar, the Scholar will participate in a tailored research internship during one of the summer training blocks preceding first-class year and will participate in a special research-based learning opportunity during their last year as a midshipman. During the first year of commissioned service after graduation from the Academy, Bowman Scholars will likely be offered immediate, one-year graduate education experiences at the Naval Postgraduate School, resulting in a masters degree in a technical discipline. Midshipmen appointed as Bowman Scholars will be awarded (in second-class year) any incentive monetary bonus associated with the Scholar's acceptance into the nuclear power training pipeline.

Current Department Bowman Scholars

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Miriam Ewall-Wice (Computer Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Hatem ElBidweihy (Electrical Eng.), Dr. Peter Joyce (Mech Eng.)
Title: "Optomechanical Actuator and Irradiation Sensor Using the Diamagnetism of Pyrolytic Graphite"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Bennit Hermsen (Ocean Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Luksa Luznik (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Near Wake Characteristics of a Marine Propeller in the Presence of Free Stream Turbulence"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Andrew Lee (Nuclear Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Marshall Millet (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Radiation Background Characterization at Altitude for UAV's"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Benjamin McHale (Mechanical Engineering)
Adviser(s): CDR Brad Baker (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Analysis of Stereolithography as an Additive Manufacturing Technique for Naval Applications"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Nicholas Nathan (Nuclear Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Elizabeth Getto (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Testing Ion Irradiation Effects on Welded and Nonwelded MA956 Microstructure and Material Properties"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Samantha Nourse (Mechanical Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Peter Joyce (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Composite Repair Development"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Stefano Pineda (Mechanical Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Cody Brownell (Mechanical Eng.), CDR Stuart Blair (Mechanical Eng.), Dr. Evalyn Lunasin (Mathematics)
Title: "Direct Numerical Simulation of Laser Induced Quasi Equilibrium Drop Evaporation"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Eric Reddick (Nuclear Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Marshall Millet (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "The Effects of the Urban Environment on Background Neutron Flux"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Andrew Reinhart (Nuclear Engineering)
Adviser(s): CDR Brad Baker (Mechanical Eng.), Dr. Elizabeth Getto (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Material Property Evaluation of Additively Manufactured Components from Selective Laser Sintering"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Anne Richter (Mechanical Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Emily Retzlaff (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Designing an Improved Diesel Engine Intake Port Using Additive Manufacturing"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Jordan Rushing (Mechanical Engineering)
Adviser(s): CDR Brad Baker (Mechanical Eng.), Dr. Elizabeth Getto (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Material Response to Corrosion in Reactor Environments"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Jubal Schmidt (Mechanical Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Karen Flack (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Submarine Seawater Dechlorination and Main Condenser Biofouling Control"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Alexander Tracy (Nuclear Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Marshall Millet (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Characterization of Neutron Ship Effect in Vicinity of Coast Guard Cutter and Loaded Cargo Vessel"

Bowman Scholar: MIDN 1/C Alexander Tracy (Nuclear Engineering)
Adviser(s): Dr. Marshall Millet (Mechanical Eng.)
Title: "Characterization of Neutron Ship Effect in Vicinity of Coast Guard Cutter and Loaded Cargo Vessel"

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