USS Princeton (CG-59) Hosted Five Members of the Fleet’s Scientists to Sea Program


Five members pose on the ship

Pictured L to R: Josh Allen, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab; Laura Alford, Naval Postgraduate School; Karl Rechert, NAVSURFWARCEN; Kelli Pickett, NAWCWD; Evan Zinner, MIT Lincoln Lab.

SAN DIEGO – The Scientists to Sea program aims to give a greater understanding of shipboard system employment and requirements to the engineers and scientists who design them. Laura C. Alford, an assistant professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and ’18 graduate from the accounting PhD program, participated in the event and highlighted the value of the program: “I believe this experience will be invaluable to me in my career at the Naval Postgraduate School,” Alford said. “The brief glimpse into Navy life while ‘underway’ has given me a greater appreciation for the men and women who volunteer to serve their country in the military. Those sailors may one day be my students, and my having slept in a 3 x 8 berthing will enable me to connect with them on a deeper level and provide a richer learning experience for them.” During the five-day underway, the five Scientist to Sea members had the opportunity to tour spaces and visit with sailors from every department aboard, as well as witness shipboard operations firsthand. The tour was designed to provide an overview and understanding of basic shipboard organization and operations, while also giving scientists with various backgrounds the opportunity to hold in-depth discussions with subject matter experts about the equipment and systems that interested them the most.

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