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Hobson Chairman's Welcome

 Welcome to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. I invite you to browse our web site and learn more about the exciting educational and research programs. We offer resident Master's and Doctoral degree programs in both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and we provide distance learning programs, to several customers. We also conduct basic and applied research in a broad range of discipline areas, including Power and Propulsion, Space Systems, Autonomous Vehicles and Control, Materials, and Computational Mechanics. More...

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.
Garth V. Hobson, MAE Chairman
gvhobson@nps.edu, (831) 656-2586

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Distinguished Alumni and Faculty


Watkins      

Admiral James Watkins, USN (Ret.)
Secretary of Energy, 1989-1993
Chief of Naval Operations, 1982-1986
NPS Class of 1958, Mechanical Engineering

"In 1954, I made the decision to stay in the Navy because I was accepted at the Naval Postgraduate School. Several times throughout my career, my NPS education was critical, in one case probably saving the ship during an operational emergency at sea. I heavily relied on my NPS engineering education both as CNO and as the Secretary of Energy. NPS has excellent programs in science and technology that will advance your career, contribute to the Navy, and enhance national security. The unique environment will provide you the opportunity to make a direct impact."

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Flynn

Rear Admiral Timothy V. Flynn III, USN
NPS Class of 1993
Mechanical Engineering

"I encourage all Naval Officers to obtain a technical graduate degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. I earned a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at NPS and have frequently drawn on the analytical thinking and technical problem-solving skills honed during the academic course work and under the mentorship of the world-class faculty. Unlike civilian graduate schools, NPS enables its students to focus their research on actual warfighter challenges that have a direct impact on our national security. The sub-specialty earned at NPS will enable the graduate to make an even greater contribution to our Navy and Nation in the future. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that my NPS education provided and most strongly recommend pursuing a technical master's degree at NPS during the first shore assignment."

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Fey

CAPT Michael S. Feyedelem, USN
Commanding Officer
USS PORTER (DDG 78)
NPS Class of 1993
Mechanical Engineering

"Several years ago when I was a Division Officer, contemplating career options, I considered attending the Naval Postgraduate School. Although I had several options, for shore assignments, universities to attend, and areas of studies, I chose to pursue a Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree at NPS. This was one of the best career decisions I, or anybody, could have made. The faculty were experts in their fields, many world renowned, and I'd put my education up against any other university in the country - I even have a published article in a technical journal to show for it. The analytical thinking and writing skills that I learned have carried me through a successful career all the way to command.  If you're thinking about getting a degree, there's no better place to do it than the Naval Postgraduate School.

Recently more Line Officers are pursuing degrees in non-technical areas, such as financial management and foreign affairs and I'm afraid we might lose sight of the fact that the machinery of our service is highly advanced and requires great technical expertise to operate and maintain.  Although some feel that programs like Mechanical Engineering should be reserved for the Engineering Duty Officers, I would argue that Line Officers benefit tremendously from a technical degree.  The years I spent at Naval Postgraduate School, learning from world renown faculty, better prepared me for each of my sea-going assignments, including my current one as Commanding Officer of USS PORTER (DDG 78)."

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Technology and Research Focus


 

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