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#042-16 Naval Academy Breaks Ground on New Cyber Building

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:21 PM by

The Naval Academy will break ground on its future Cyber Building, Hopper Hall, Friday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Speakers will include Vice Adm. Ted Carter, Hon. Barbara Mikulski and others. The ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour.

This event is open to the press. Media seeking to cover the event should contact Naval Academy Public Affairs at or 410-293-2292.

Information about the Cyber Building (previously released):

  • USNA was the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to require cyber security classes for all students.
    • Cyber I is a fundamentals class taken plebe (freshman) year. Cyber II is a deeper treatment of technical topics, taken second-class (junior) year.
    • USNA has also added an academic major in Cyber Operations, the first midshipmen within that major graduated in May 2016.
    • Additionally, various cyber security topics have been added to the leadership and professional curriculum, and the USNA Center for Cyber Security Studies is formally designated as a NSA/Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command announced that Turner Construction Co. of Reston, Va., was awarded a $106,674,440 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of the academic building for Cyber Security Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Construction of the cyber building, to be built on the site of the parking lot between Nimitz Library and Rickover Hall, will begin shortly after the completion of the parking garage, located across from Alumni Hall on Decatur road. That project is currently underway and is expected to be complete this winter.
  • QUOTE: “While this is the first academic building constructed on the Yard since Rickover Hall nearly 40 years ago, more importantly it represents the Naval Academy’s ability to stay at the forefront of academic excellence and relevance as we develop midshipmen for their future careers in a world where cyber warfare is certain to be a factor,” said Naval Academy Academic Dean Andrew Phillips.
  • QUOTE: “This is a significant step in the process of streamlining our cyber education capabilities here at the Naval Academy with the needs of the Fleet and Department of Defense,” said Vice Adm. Ted Carter, Naval Academy Superintendent. “This will be a state-of-the-art facility where our very best and brightest will get cutting edge training and education in the cyber field. I believe the building serves as yet another attraction the Naval Academy has to offer to future Midshipmen.”
  • The facility will include classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, lecture halls, offices, multi-purpose space, an observatory, loading dock, and research and testing tank in support of the engineering and weapons labs. The construction is expected to be complete by September 2019. Fiscal 2015 military construction (Navy) contract funds; and gift funds in the amount of $106,674,440 are obligated on this award. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N40080-16-C-0156).
  • The Cyber building will be named after Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral.
  • This will be the first building at the Naval Academy and at one of the three major service academies (USAFA, USMA) named after a woman.
  • QUOTE: “Often referred to as ‘Amazing Grace’ and the mother of computing, I can think of no better way to honor Rear Admiral Hopper's achievements specific to our cyber program and new cyber building's function than to name the new building in her honor. Admiral Hopper's foresight in computing and pioneering contributions to cyber security, memorialized in ‘HOPPER HALL,’ will inspire midshipmen, support their technical and professional development, and serve as a role model to encourage midshipmen ingenuity and determination for many years to come,” said Vice Admiral Ted Carter, USNA Superintendent.

About Grace Hopper:

Grace Hopper (1906-1992) was an accomplished mathematician and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve during World War II. She later worked on a team to develop the UNIVAC computer and convert mathematic code into language, developing the first compiler in 1952 which led to the creation of COBOL. Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy's Office of Information Systems Planning and developed validation software for COBOL and its compiler as part of a COBOL standardization program for the Navy. Hopper retired from the Navy in 1986 as a rear admiral.

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