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Vision For Growth of Naval and Marine Engineering
August 14, 2015

Jennifer Michaeli’s vision is to bring to Old Dominion University (ODU) a robust center of excellence for naval and marine engineering, and help create the next generation of future maritime engineers.

Since arriving at Old Dominion University in 2012, after 15 years working as a civilian for the United States Navy and private industry, Michaeli, has created the NEMSI and expanded the Batten College’s research and curriculum focus towards naval engineering.

At the annual engineering Distinguished Honors Celebration, Michaeli, Director of the Naval Engineering and Marine Systems Institute (NEMSI), outlined her vision for making NEMSI a signature part of multidisciplinary engineering education and outreach at Old Dominion.

Michaeli oversees the marine engineering curriculum, teaches courses in ship design and construction and is actively involved in funded Navy research, as well as other STEM initiatives designed to encourage students to pursue careers in naval engineering.

In June, Michaeli was one of 225 university researchers nationwide, and the only one from Old Dominion, to receive a total of $67.8 million in research instrumentation awards from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Defense University Research Instrumentation Program supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting-edge defense research and associated graduate student research training.

Michaeli’s grant, from the Office of Naval Research is for a real-time, power-hardware-in-the-loop simulator for naval power systems. With this grant, Michaeli and her NEMSI collaborators Paul Moses, assistant professor of engineering technology; and Gene Hou, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will expand ODU’s research and education focus in shipboard power systems for naval applications. This brings a unique capability to ODU and provides a real benefit to the Navy and the marine industry in areas of research, education, and professional development.

ODU offers minors in ship design and marine engineering, exposing undergraduate students to principles of the discipline. Freshmen entering Engineering Fundamentals Division do an underwater robotics unit to get a taste of what the industry has to offer.

This article reprinted from materials provided by Old Dominion University.


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