Students to graduate from Navy systems engineering program


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 19, 2011) — Tuskegee University and the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) will gather July 22 to celebrate the academic completion of 18 students who will receive their Master of Science degrees in systems engineering. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center auditorium.


Jim Thomsen, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, will serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.


NAVSEA’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) formalized a partnership with Tuskegee University in 2009 to create the program. NSWC PCD technical director Delbert “Ace” Summey said the establishment of this program will help to increase the numbers of students graduating as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career professionals.


“It is critical to our national security that we have a diverse pool of future STEM graduates who are U.S. citizens and can work at Department of Defense research and development laboratories,” he said.


The intensive one-year program provides significant learning opportunities for students through a specialized curriculum designed specifically to enhance NAVSEA technical workforce competencies.


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