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Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering



Alexander W. Laun, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

  •  Phone: 410-293-6449
  •  Fax: 410-293-2219
  •  E-Mail:
  •   351 Rickover Hall

Research Interests

Tow-Tank Testing/Experimentation; Submarine Design/Operations; Uncrewed Maritime Systems (UMS); Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Design/Operations; Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) Design; Autonomous/Networked Maritime Systems; Additive Manufacturing; Naval Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI); Biofouling; Biomimetic/Biologically-Inspired Robotic Systems; Systems Engineering; Modeling and Simulation; Data Architectures; Data Models; Data Science; Resilience Engineering; Naval Nuclear Propulsion; Renewable Energy Technology/Systems; Spacecraft Design/Operations; National Security Budgeting/Policy

Education & Training

Professional Experience

  • Faculty (Civilian), USNA Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department
    • Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, December 2021 - Present
    • Instructor of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, July 2021 - December 2021
  • Supervisory Naval Architect (Branch Head), Staff (Civilian), Naval Academy Hydromechanics Laboratory (NAHL), Annapolis, MD, 2019 - 2021
  • Instructor / Senior Instructor, Faculty (Military), USNA Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department, 2017 - 2019
  • Submarine Warfare Officer, USS JOHN WARNER (SSN 785), Norfolk, VA, 2014 - 2017
    • Ship's Diving Officer
    • Assistant Engineer Officer (AENG)
    • Damage Control Assistant (DCA)
    • Reactor Control Assistant (RCA)
    • Plankowner (PCU JOHN WARNER)
  • Draper Laboratory Fellow (DLF), The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (CSDL), United States Navy Immediate Graduate Education Program (IGEP), Cambridge, MA, 2011 - 2013
  • Summer Intern, MARA Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 2010
  • Summer Intern, PM C4ISR OTM Program, United States Army RDECOM, Fort Dix, NJ, 2008

Professional Memberships & Registration


  • Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominee, Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department, USNA, 2019
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2019
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Two Awards)
  • William M. Kennedy Scholarship, SNAME, 2011
  • Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Distinguished Midshipmen Graduate, USNA, 2011
  • Admiral Frank Bowman Scholar, USNA, 2011
  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Prize, USNA, 2011
  • The Captain Leland D. Whitgrove Award for Excellence in Naval Architecture, USNA, 2011
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Midshipman Research Project Award, USNA, 2011
  • Naval Architecture Design Project Award, USNA, 2011

Professional & Community Service

  • Panel Chair, Hull Form Design (SD-10) Panel, Ship Design Committee, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), 2019 - Present
  • Associate Editor (Combat & Weapon Systems), Naval Engineers Journal, American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), 2019 - Present
  • Academic Advisor (ENM Major), USNA Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering Department
  • Plebe Academic Advisor, USNA School of Engineering & Weapons
  • Mentor / Program Advisor, USNA Officer Scholarship Program (OSP)
  • Mentor / Small Group Leader, USNA Senior United Kingdom & International Scholarship Program (SUKISP)
  • Assistant Group Leader, USNA Autonomous System Working Group (ASWG)
  • Director, USNA Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Laboratory
  • Equipment Custodian, USNA Ocean Technology Laboratory (OTL)
  • Mentor, USNA Submarine Warfare Community
  • Mentor, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences (PGSS)

Teaching Experience & Courses

  * Course Coordinator

  • Research Advisor, Naval Engineering Research Design Project (EN491 / EN492 / EN495 / EN496)
  • Research Advisor, Honors Senior Thesis (EN503H / EN504H)
  • Technical Advisor, Multiple Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects, USNA School of Engineering & Weapons

Research & Publications

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