Under the supervision of NUWC Newport’s scientists, mathematicians
and engineers, students will explore everything from basic research to
“NUWC Newport is a major participant in the U.S. Navy’s efforts to raise
interest among American students in the STEM disciplines,” said Capt. Todd
Cramer, NUWC Newport’s commander. “We sponsor after-school and club programs at
area schools throughout the school year as well as a vibrant summer STEM
Forty-five students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 will participate in three
undersea summer camps designed to be fun while including the study of the
physics of underwater vehicles. Each one-week session culminates with students
building, testing and operating Sea Perch remotely-operated underwater vehicles.
Forty-four high school students from NUWC Newport’s Educational Partnership
schools in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, R.I. and from New Bedford, Mass.
will work in the paid Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP). UTAP
apprentices focus their studies on electrical engineering and physics,
especially buoyancy and hydrodynamics. The program provides an engineering
design lab experience during which the students build and re-engineer an
underwater vehicle and then test it against each other’s designs.
The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), sponsored by the Office
of Naval Research (ONR), provides an opportunity for high school students age 16
and over to work at NUWC for eight weeks during the summer. Another paid
apprenticeship program, SEAP provides 24 students an opportunity to participate
in research while furthering their education through mentoring. The goal is to
interest students in pursuing science and engineering careers. Focus areas
include a broad range of varying research across NUWC Newport, from underwater
vehicles to towed array systems.
“Almost three quarters of the 2,800 people who work here are classified as
scientists or engineers,” said Mary Wohlgemuth, technical director for NUWC
Newport. “We need to ensure there will STEM professionals in the years ahead to
meet the technical needs of tomorrow’s Navy.”