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Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:51 AM by MIDN 2/C Byron Gallagher and MIDN 1/C Michael Garcia

This week, over 200 students from universities all over the world visited the Naval Academy Yard for the 2019 Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference. Delegates had the opportunity to hear talks from Dr. Mark Abbott of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere RDML Timothy Gallaudet, USN (ret). The students continued cultivating new ideas in Midshipmen-led small groups, eventually presenting their ideas to the whole of the conference.

On Monday evening, Tim Gallaudet, the current Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and former Rear Admiral in the Navy, spoke to the Brigade regarding the importance of ocean science advancements. Gallaudet emphasized how oceans play a crucial role in the United States economy and national defense- deeming the front-half of the 21st century, "the Ocean Age." He spoke extensively on the power of the private sector in providing new opportunities for ocean and acoustic superiority that could help in the "great power competition" against nations like China. Gallaudet encouraged the Midshipmen to continue the expansion of ocean exploration and discovery to not only deepen our understanding of environmental aspects but increase its national strategic use as well. 

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Category: Midshipmen, Academics, People, General Interest