Crane, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) formally announced its Expeditionary Warfare Systems Engineering Master’s Degree program at a reception on Thursday, May 17th, at the WestGate Academy Conference and Training Center in Crane, Indiana.
NSWC Crane's Special Warfare and Expeditionary Systems Department (SWESD) partnered with Cranfield University of the United Kingdom to host the official unveiling ceremony for the new program. Leveraging Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) funds, Crane has worked with Cranfield University to establish an advanced technical degree that will serve the many technologies supported by SWESD and prevalent on today's battlefield. The program will include course modules on electro-optics, weapon systems design, ballistics, ground mobility platforms, communications, electronic warfare, modeling and simulation, and military autonomous vehicles.
“This program provides an advanced technical degree that is customized to Crane’s support of the Expeditionary Mission and is extremely relevant to the technologies we support for the Warfighter” said Adam Parsley, Small Arms Division Manager at NSWC Crane. “Most of these courses would not be offered at an undergraduate program, and with the course format, we believe we can accelerate the on-the-job learning tremendously while getting an advanced degree in the process for our employees”.
The program consists of 20 courses, 12-13 of which are required as well as an integrated project for students to complete the degree. NSWC Crane will host three courses in fiscal year (FY) 18 - Modeling, Simulation, and Controls for Defense Systems, Electro Optical/Infrared Systems – Part 1, and Fundamentals of Ballistics. There is planning underway to bring a fourth course in FY19. The technical subject matter is reinforced in the week-long courses with visits to NSWC Crane's laboratory and range facilities, with guest lecturers from NSWC Crane's senior technical subject matter experts augmenting the prepared material from Cranfield University.
Professor Dr. Amer Hameed, Head of the Centre for Defence Engineering in the School of Cranfield Defence and Security at Cranfield University, will be serving as the Course Director for the program “Cranfield University worked with TARDEC to establish a Vehicle and Weapons MSc program in 2011. With Crane, we now have a second MSc program in the U.S. Cranfield will also be actively teaming with Purdue University to form a partnership such that our universities can leverage each other’s strengths to best support NSWC Crane’s requirements for advanced degrees” said Hameed.
Attendees at the formal reception included NSWC Crane leadership, Purdue and Cranfield University representatives, as well as current students in the program. "This program will allow myself along with other engineers and scientists to be in a position to better understand each of the technologies that SWESD supports and how they interface with each other giving us the ability to excel in the field of Expeditionary Warfare," stated Dustin Decker, Special Weapons Branch Manager at NSWC Crane and current student in the program.
NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of NAVSEA with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. NSWC Crane is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.