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Local Students and NSWC Dahlgren Mentor Make STEM Connection - Demonstrate Effects of Liquid Nitrogen
March 2, 2018
IMAGE: FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Navy engineer Josh Taylor conducts a liquid nitrogen demonstration with students at the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Summit hosted by the Fredericksburg Academy, Feb. 24. Taylor - a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) STEM mentor - and the students discussed the Ideal Gas Law, and how it relates different attributes of a fluid. In the picture, they are exposing the inflated balloons to liquid nitrogen and observing that the volume of air inside the balloons decreased as the temperature decreased. Taylor and the students then discussed and demonstrated how changes in temperature could be used to produce kinetic energy, and how temperature changes could affect the behavior of materials. For example, they made flowers shatter like glass, tennis balls that would not bounce, and rubber bands that cracked. 
    "I really enjoyed talking to students and answering their questions, not just about basic principles, but introducing concepts that one doesn't normally explore until college," said Taylor. "I think Dahlgren mentors play a crucial part at venues like this because we help students make a connection between ideas they learn in school and real work they could do one day. Personally, I've met many students who were inspired by events like this to engage the sciences and applied sciences not just as homework - but as a vocation."

University of Virginia Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen Visit NSWC Dahlgren Division
March 2, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Feb. 23, 2018) - University of Virginia Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen pause in front of a U.S. Navy 16-inch battleship gun on the parade field during their tour of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Lt. Aaron Brotman, assistant professor of naval science for the university's ROTC program, left, and Chris Hodge, NSWCDD director of technical development, are pictured with the 14 Midshipmen in front of a gun that served aboard USS New Jersey (BB-62) before it was retired to Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Navy scientists and engineers briefed the future naval officers on technologies and facilities such as warfare analysis, laser weapon testing and development, and MOATS - the Maginot' Open Air Test Site. MOATS has been specifically designed for testing the radio frequency susceptibility of electronic equipment to potential high power microwave weapon systems. The Midshipmen saw how NSWCDD engineers conduct lethality work impacting the evaluation of high energy laser technology in addition to the design and development process required to integrate future laser weapon systems in various platforms. NSWCDD scientists and engineers discussed various aspects of electrical and computer engineering, including systems the ROTC Midshipmen would be interacting with as Navy and Marine Corps officers.

Civil Rights Leader Recounts Civil War, Civil Rights Heroes at Navy Observance
February 21, 2018
IMAGE: KING GEORGE, Va. (Feb. 14, 2018) - Dr. Frank Smith holds the Dahlgren history book, "The Sound of Freedom," he just received from Capt. Godfrey "Gus" Weekes, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commanding officer, while the two shake hands at the 2018 African American and Black History Month Observance. As the event's keynote speaker, Dr. Smith - Director of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC. - focused on this year's theme, "African Americans in Times of War," which recognizes contributions African Americans made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.

Combat Direction Systems Activity Honors African American Heroes and History with Dramatic Readings
February 16, 2018
IMAGE: VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Employees from Combat Direction Systems Activity Dam Neck gave dramatic readings of eight African American heroes during CDSA’s African American History Month celebration. Heroes who were dramatically portrayed included (bottom row) Jesse Owens and (top row, left to right) Zora Neale Hurston, Thurgood Marshall, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Daisy Bates, Michelle Obama and Carl Brashear.

Hampton University Visits NSWC Dahlgren
February 7, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Feb. 2, 2018) - Hampton University officials, professors, and students are pictured with leaders from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) at the NSWCDD High Power Laser Facility during their tour of Dahlgren laboratories and test sites. NSWCDD leaders and technologists - including Hampton University alumni currently working at Dahlgren as scientists and engineers - briefed the Hampton University delegation on the command's mission, capabilities and technological programs as well as human resources initiatives. 
In turn, Dr. Danny Barnes, Hampton University director for cyber security and computer information systems - briefed NSWCDD officials about Hampton University which is comprised of seven schools - business, engineering and technology, liberal arts and education, nursing, pharmacy, science, Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, and the University College.

Middle School Students Respond to Navy Challenge, Present 88 STEM Projects at Science Fair
February 6, 2018
IMAGE: FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 30, 2018) – The 15 students recognized for placing first, second, third, and honorable mention at the 2018 Freedom Middle School Science Fair are pictured with school officials. They were among 108 students who presented 88 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics projects in three categories: earth and space, life science and biology, and physical science. The students briefed their projects to 15 judges – including 12 scientists and engineers from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division – who interviewed and mentored the students while evaluating their projects. Students pictured left to right on the first row (bottom) are: Samantha Quillen, Emilee Imler, Kaitlyn Bestick, and Hannah Lowery. Second row: Rachel Margelos, Caleb Caison, and Regan Bestick. Third row: Gavin White, Calvin Campbell, Areanna Jess, and Garrett Peck. Fourth row: Daniel Fordham, Hailey Gibson, Phoebe Awan, and M’Laya Ainsworth. Freedom Middle School officials pictured in the top row: Advanced Science Teacher Linda Lapp, Vice Principal Dwan Barnes Gaines, Principal Dr. Eric Wright, and ‎Physical Science Teacher Mendy Owen.

Federal Laboratory Consortium Selects 'Dahlgren Decon' for 2018 Excellence in Tech Transfer Award
February 6, 2018
IMAGE: SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – A U.S. Army Soldier decontaminates a military vehicle with the Dahlgren Decontamination solution, known as Dahlgren Decon. The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) selected Dahlgren Decon technology for a 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) announced, Feb. 2. Dahlgren Decon was invented and developed by NSWCDD to defend warfighters against chemical, biological, and radiological agents. In September 2016, the command signed an exclusive license agreement with First Line Technology, a Virginia-based small business, permitting it to manufacture the life-saving decontamination technology for warfighters and first responders nationwide.

NSWCDD Profile: Dr. Daniel F. Wallace
January 31, 2018
IMAGE: Dr. Daniel F. Wallace - Technical Warrant Holder for Displays and Human Factors Engineering-Surface Ship Warfare Systems (SEA 05W), at NSWC Dahlgren Division

NAVSEA Commander Launches Tour of Navy Warfare Centers, Sees Campaign Plan in Action
January 31, 2018
IMAGE: DAHLGREN, Va. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Innovation Lab (iLab) Director of Innovation Nelson Mills briefs the Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, NAVSEA Command Master Chief Robert Crossno, and NSWCDD Commanding Officer Capt. Gus Weekes, on the use of digital collaboration tables as visual aids for surface ships. The collaboration table could provide capabilities to view ship doctrine, navigation tracks, radar information, and Automatic Identification System information for situational awareness. The iLab – equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, services, and trained personnel – opened for business last summer as an intensive collaborative environment where the command's experts work to speed up and maximize corporate innovative solutions across the laboratory. 

The iLab was one stop in the admiral's tour of Dahlgren, which gave him an opportunity to meet with the command's leaders, scientists, and engineers. It was the first in a series of scheduled visits to the NAVSEA Warfare Center divisions under the theme of “Warfare Centers – The Campaign Plan in Action.” While at the iLab, Weekes briefed the NAVSEA commander on Dahlgren technical programs, including directed energy, electromagnetic railgun, chemical, biological, and radiological defense, as well as leadership development. Moore's Campaign Plan is focused on three mission priorities: on-time delivery of ships and submarines, culture of affordability, and cybersecurity. These priorities address today's challenges and provide the focus to achieve NAVSEA's mission and support the Fleet.

"Integrating to Win" - 30th Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium
January 11, 2018
IMAGE: Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Commander, Rear Admiral Tom Druggan; NSWC Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Megan Fillinich (SSTM); NSWC Dahlgren Division Commanding Officer, Capt. Gus Weekes; NSWC Carderock Division Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Vandroff; and  NSWC Chief Engineering Officer, Capt. Steven Murray, discuss how the NAVSEA Warfare Centers are "Integrating to Win" at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association symposium, Jan. 10. The "Integrating to Win" panel discussion featured enabling technologies such as electric drive, distribution and modularity and today's electromagnetic warfare technologies.