Students graduate from master’s program in naval systems engineering
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 25, 2011) — On July 22, 18 students received their Master of Science degrees in systems engineering in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center auditorium. The program is a result of a partnership between the Tuskegee University College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Naval Sea Systems Command.
“This is the second cohort of a significant partnership between the Navy, NAVSEA and Tuskegee University,” said Gilbert L. Rochon, president of Tuskegee University.
Jim Thomsen, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, delivered the keynote address. He stressed the importance of the jobs that lay ahead of the graduates, who will go on to work for the U.S. Department of the Navy.
“Think about the level of complexity our men and women in uniform depend upon,” he said. “Someone has to design those, attend to those … ensure they’re working correctly. We rely on the talent and curriculum laid out before you.”
Thomsen said the discipline the graduates studied reaches farther than military bases’ walls.
“It matters. It matters to the economy and national security,” he said.
Rochon later presented Thomsen with the George Washington Carver Leadership in Research Award for his contributions to the Department of Defense and other entities.
NAVSEA’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division formalized a partnership with Tuskegee University in 2009 to create the Master of Science in systems engineering program. The intensive one-year program provides significant learning opportunities for students through a specialized curriculum designed specifically to enhance NAVSEA technical workforce competencies.
Graduates are: Howard R. Azaga (Houston); Jaydah C. Brooks (Willa Rica, Ga.); Christina N. Carter (Atlanta); James Carter (McKenzie, Tenn.); Jarred M. Conley (College Park, Ga.); Dominique C. Cooper (Union Springs, Ala.); Yaseen Farooq (Detroit); Benjamin C. Ford (Chicago); Keosha L. Forrest (Hollywood, S.C.); Justin D. Halls (Atlanta); Lauren A. Kornegay (Montgomery, Ala.); Ryan M. Marshall (Conyers, Ga.); Jeremy T. Obie (High Point, N.C.); Angela N. Parker, (Courtland, Va.); Alarie T. Percival (Tuskegee, Ala.); Sylvester L. Richmond (Oklahoma City); Daniel J. Simons (New York); and Lafayette M. Wimberly (Aikens, S.C.).
Eighteen students received their Master of Science degrees in systems engineering in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center auditorium on July 22.
Jim Thomsen, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, talks to students before the ceremony.
From left, Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon presents Thomsen with the George Washington Carver Leadership in Research Award after Thomsen's keynote address to graduates.