Naval Undersea Warfare Center/Newport

Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab. No Dual Citizens will be accepted at this facility.

Current Research Interests are as follows:

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport (NUWCDIVNPT) is the Navy's principal research, development, test and evaluation center for submarine warfare systems, submarine weapon systems, and submarine surface ship sonar systems. Our 2000 strong scientific and engineering staff provides expertise in science and technology; technical direction; and system design, development, test and evaluation. NUWCDIVNPT is on the forefront of developing and maintaining the best scientific and technical facilities for underwater research, supporting many important Navy programs and helping minimize risk and cost of operations. We are also the designers of virtually all underwater acoustic sensors and weapons systems operating in the Fleet today, and we introduced the use of a supercomputer onboard a submarine. Working closely with the Fleet, our scientist and engineers meet current and future operational requirements and solve technical problems. They also provide expertise in undersea warfare systems and technology to defense strategists and Navy planners.

Acoustics: Sound propagation in various ocean environments including ray and mode analysis, noise reduction research, target strength analysis and coating design, specular and scattering mechanisms of undersea vehicles, transducers, transducer array and parametric sonar designs, holographic modeling, sonar prediction and acoustical systems. Acoustic metrology including calibration, test, evaluate and reference measurements, the science of electrical and mechanical excitation of acoustic transducers.

Numerical Analysis: Computational fluid dynamics, computational fluid structure interaction, dynamic simulation, sound fields and sonar array configuration, finite element analysis, long range acoustic detection, localization and tracking, decoy studies, underwater electromagnetism, nonlinear composites.

Communications: Electromagnetic methodologies for communication to submarines, underwater acoustic communications, optical communication systems, imaging, electro-optics, stealth.

Optics: Fiber optic sensors, arrays, umbilicals, underwater laser applications, periscope focusing and photography.

Signal and Information Processing: Active and passive full spectrum acoustic signal processing (detection, classification, localization and tracking), adaptive filtering and beamforming techniques, computer-aided decision making, cognitive neuroscience, neural networks, time-frequency analysis, data compression, higher order spectral estimation, radiated noise modeling, surface ship computer architecture, real time software generation.

Hydrodynamics: Computational fluid dynamics, computational fluid structure interaction turbulence models, drag reduction techniques, boundary layer experimentation, hull shapes, flow fields complex incompressible flows, two body vehicle interactions.

Underwater Propulsion: Thermal and electric propulsion research including all phases of chemical and electrochemical energy sources and prime-mover research, development and evaluation of high energy and power dense systems up to 1000 horsepower. High power electronics, motor speed controllers, power dense AC and DC motors.

Chemistry/Materials: Fuels research, electrochemistry of high density energy batteries and dynamic fuel cells, polymer chemistry, acoustical materials, composite materials and properties of materials, transduction materials.

Ocean Sciences/Technology: Studies of ocean fronts, microstructure and internal waves, coastal oceanography, sound absorption and chemical relaxation, volume scattering, bottom sediments, dynamic properties of bottom materials and interaction with sound in the water column. Ocean engineering applications, structural mechanics, test platforms, underwater range technology, sensors.

Systems Engineering: Simulation based design, submarine and surface ship sonar, underwater weapons, countermeasures, targets, underwater ranges, weapon system integration and control, submarine electromagnetics, weapon launchers.

Other Major Technical Disciplines: Applied mechanics, electronic and mechanical engineering, general engineering, mathematics and statistical analysis, physics, computer engineering, chemistry/chemical engineering, cognitive neuroscience, synthetic environments, undersea warfare modeling and simulation, at sea data collection and analysis.