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Naval Grant Supporting Active Duty STEM Education
February 6, 2017

Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Batten College of Engineering and Technology is providing a total of 15 laboratory-based educational workshops for navy men and women with help from a $1 million grant provided by the Office of Naval Research.

Sailors from the Naval Station Norfolk-based USS San Jacinto and USS Kearsarge are working on 3D printing, reverse engineering, computer-aided design (CAD), 3D scanning and meshing, rapid spare parts production, product lifecycle management and part retrieval. Sailors from the San Jacinto and Kearsarge are the first to take the new computer-assisted Fleet Maker classes.

A research team of nine ODU professors came up with the project they are calling, “Creating the Fleet Maker.” It aims to stimulate innovative thinking and empower active duty personnel to foster their STEM knowledge, professional development and learn skills in advanced manufacturing. There will be five workshops each year until 2019.

Anthony Dean, the project’s principle investigator and an associate professor in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, said the goal is to increase awareness of Making and encourage active duty service members to pursue a career in STEM both while in the Navy, and after they separate from active duty.

“We have a waitlist of ships waiting to take these workshops. We plan on training over 300 individuals in Hampton Roads,” Dean said.

For more information about programming available to service members and veterans at Old Dominion, visit the University’s Military website.

Article reprinted from materials provided by Old Dominion University.

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