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Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering



CDR Jeff Woertz, USN, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor

Permanent Military Professor

  •  Phone: 410-293-6585
  •  Fax: 410-293-2219
  •  E-mail:
  •   Chauvenet 256C


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 2012
  • S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • S.M. Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1991

Professional Experience

  • Dept of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and Dept of Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
    • Permanent Military Professor, 2012 – present
    • Rotational Instructor, 2006 - 2009
  • U.S. Military Training Mission, KSA Eastern Fleet NAVSEA Repair Representative, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, 2005 - 2006
  • Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor, HI, 2002 - 2005
    • USS Bremerton (SSN 698) Engineered Refueling Project Officer
    • USS La Jolla (SSN 701) DSRA Project Superintendent
    • Command Docking Officer
  • Nuclear Accessions Officer, Region North, 1996 - 1999
  • Chemistry & Radiological Controls, Reactor Controls, and Sonar Officer, USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), 1993 - 1996
  • Nuclear Power Training Pipeline, 1992

Professional Memberships & Registration

  • Registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in the State of Maryland
  • Qualified Engineering Officer, USS Jacksonville (SSN 699)
  • Qualified Unrestricted Line Submarine Officer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • Defense Acquisition Professional Community
  • DAWIA Level 3 Qualification in Production Quality Management


  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Navy & Marine Corp. Commendation Medal (Two Awards)
  • Navy & Marine Corp. Achievement Medal (Two Awards)

Professional & Community Service

  • Associate Chair, Dept of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, 2013 - 2016
  • ABET Coordinator, Dept of NAOE, 2013 - present
  • Financial Manager, Dept of NAOE, 2013 - present
  • Lab Manager for Scanning Electron Microscope, 2012 - 2013
  • Advisor, Bowman Scholar and Honors Research

Research & Publications

  • Hawxhurst, K, Westerberg, J., and Woertz, J.C,  “The Characterization of HG10MNN and an Evaluation of Suitability for use in Naval  Applications”, Limited Distribution Report for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Bethesda, MD, Jul 2015.
  • Hawxhurst, K and Woertz, J.C., “Naval Propulsor Material Selection: Characterization of CF8C Plus and an Evaluation of  Suitability for Use on Nuclear Powered Vessels,” invited paper, American Nuclear Society Conference, College Station , TX, APR 9-11, 2015.
  • Woertz, J.C., Menon, S.K., and McNelley, T.R.: “Woertz, J.C., Menon, S.K., and McNelley, T.R., “The Homogeneity of Particle Distributions Produced by FSW/P,” Invited Paper,  presented at THERMEC International Conference on Advanced Materials, San Antonio, TX, DEC 2-6, 2013
  • Woertz, J.C., Menon, S.K., and McNelley, T.R. (2013): “ Microstructure Refinement and Homogenization of Non-deforming Constituent Distributions during FSW/P,” Friction Stir Welding and Processing IV, pp. 3-8.
  • Woertz, J.C, Doctoral Dissertation: “Redistribution Mechanisms and Quantification of Homogeneity in Friction Stir Welding and Processing of an Aluminum Silicon Alloy”, SEP 2012.
  • Lee Y.W., Woertz J.C. , and Wierzbicki T., “Fracture Prediction of Thin Plates under Hemi-spherical Punch with Calibration and Experimental Verification”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Volume 46, Issue 5, MAY 2004, pp. 751-781.
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