Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

One of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), is the Navy's full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace. NUWC Division Newport provides the technical foundation that enables the conceptualization, research, development, fielding, modernization, and maintenance of systems that ensure our Navy's undersea superiority. NUWC Division Newport is responsible, cradle to grave, for all aspects of systems under its charter, and is engaged in efforts ranging from participation in fundamental research to the support of evolving operational capabilities in the U.S. Navy fleet. The major thrust of NUWC Division Newport's activities is in applied research and system development. With headquarters in Rhode Island, NUWC Division Newport operates detachments at West Palm Beach, Florida, and Andros Island in the Bahamas. Remote test facilities are located at Seneca Lake and Fisher's Island in New York, and Dodge Pond, Connecticut.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, analysis, and assessment, and fleet support capabilities for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive undersea weapon systems, and stewards existing and emerging technologies in support of undersea warfare. Executes other responsibilities as assigned by the Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Major Laboratory Facilities:

  • Acoustic Wind Tunnel

  • Anechoic Chamber

  • Combat Systems Evaluation & Analysis Laboratory

  • Launcher Laboratory

  • Narragansett Bay Shallow Water Test Facility

  • Over-water Arch Facility

  • Propulsion Test Facility

  • Quiet Water Tunnel

  • Submarine Towed and Deployed Systems Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Complex

  • Survivability Test Facility

  • Undersea Warfare Analysis

STEM Ed Initiatives: 

Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP):
NUWC Newport provides summer internships for high school students. Two 4-week summer sessions allow students to work part-time alongside scientists and engineers, gaining valuable insights into working with technology and a real world application of what students have learned in school.

Workforce Recruitment Program for Students with Disabilities:
The Workforce Recruitment Program for students with disabilities is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Defense (DOD). The WRP is a referral program of college level students with disabilities who are seeking summer or permanent jobs. The candidates are recruited and referred by ODEP and DOD.

NUWC Newport supports the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) for high school students interested in science and engineering careers. The program consists of an 8-week summer internship and pays the students a stipend. The number of interns varies each year depending on ONR funding.

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP):
NUWC Newport brings science and engineering students on board for a 10-week summer internship and pays students a stipend. Number of interns varies each year depending on ONR funding. Students must attend a college or university with a NAVY ROTC affiliation.
NUWC Newport supports the MATHCOUNTS program, a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement.

Undersea Camp:
Undersea Camp is a one-week summer sessions in which middle school students are given the chance to build Seaperch vehicles. Volunteers assist students in their endeavor to build the most inventive and “hip” Seaperch Vehicle using simple materials such as PVC pipes, motors, buoys, wires, etc. Students are given exactly one week to complete their undersea vehicles before testing them in the murky waters of the tank. A fun opportunity that gives volunteers the chance to mentor young students for one week during the summer.

NUWC Division Newports has an additional Educational Partnership Agreement with Aquidneck Island Robotics (AIR) to support FIRST activities. AIR is an educational 4-H club dedicated to mentoring local youth and STEM subjects. Together, they support a FIRST Robotics Competition Team (Team 78), a FIRST Tech Challenge team, and a FIRST Lego League team.

NUWC Innovation Award (Science Fair):
NUWC also provides the NUWC Innovation Award to the winners at both the junior and senior level of the fair. Winners of the award at the senior level (who are also over the age of 16) are offered a summer internship at the Division through the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Bring a Child to Work Day:
Approximately 400 students participate in NUWC Division Newport's Bring a Child to Work Day , where in addition to touring laboratory facilities, students and their parents partake in scientific experiments and demonstrations presented by some of the Navy’s top scientists and engineers. Throughout the day, students attend interactive demonstrations such as “What’s faster a Cheetah or a Torpedo?,” “Tour the Anechoic Chamber Room”, “Chemistry Magic Show,” “Lasers: Remote detection of Pulse Waveform.” They also have a Bring a Future Engineer to Work Day, where 175 high school students from local partner schools tour the facilities for a day and take part in demonstrations and special programs to give them a a better understanding of the scientific and engineering world.

Super Submarine Science:
This initiative is a self-contained Power Point presentation with embedded video that looks at submarines and the special science they need to run. This program was developed in 2001 and is continually updated. It is based on the curriculum developed for the “Undersea At Underwood” program, a 6-week hands-on effort to work with each classroom at the Underwood Elementary School in Newport to teach the students about sound. Super Submarine Science has been broken down into two units – one on sound and an additional one on electricity. A constructivist lesson plan is being developed to provide background material and handouts for the class to work on before the presentation along with material and experiments the class can work on after the presentation. The presentation can be presented to a single classroom, or several at a time, reinforcing the need for follow-on material to allow students a chance for hands-on experimentation.

Science and Engineering In Your Future:
This is
a display, with video, that can be presented at middle school career fairs to help peak students interest in pursuing a career in science and engineering. A Power point presentation with embedded video has been developed and is used as a backdrop for talking to students about science and engineering. Three pull-up displays were developed for use as a backdrop.

Naval Science Awards Program (NSAP):
ecognizes high school and middle school students who participate in regional and state science and engineering fairs. Any science fair in which more than two or more high schools are represented are eligible. ONR recruits volunteers to be judges and presenters at each fair.

Collegiate Engineer Tours:
These tours will be conducted once a year to bring local college students (in groups like SWE, or IEEE) through the Division to expose them to the type of work we do and the opportunities here. Tours will be similar in nature to those of Bring a Future Engineer to Work Day, taking into account the audience education level.
University Laboratory Initiative (ULI):
brings college faculty onto the Division to work side-by-side with our engineers to advance research and develop new classroom material.

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