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Meet the Class of 2005-2007

Who are the Navy officers who study at MIT/WHOI?

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Nine U.S. Navy officers are pursuing graduate degrees in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering through a special arrangement between the institutions (see "An Officer and a Graduate Student").

Lieutenant Commander Carl Hartsfield, Class of 2005

Education: Murray State University, 1992
Experience: 15 years of active duty as a nuclear-trained submarine officer, including two tours on fast attack submarines (USS Los Angeles and USS Parche) and one tour at the Pentagon
Research: developing a navigation method for REMUS autonomous underwater vehicles that uses a single ship-mounted beacon instead of an expensive acoustic field placed on the bottom of the ocean
Advisors: Arthur Baggeroer, MIT, and Chris von Alt, WHOI
After grad school:
will become second-in-command of the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada

Lieutenant junior grade Brendan Gotowka, Class of 2005

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2003
Research: contributing to the Mine Burial Prediction program, which examines how the movement of seafloor sediments can cover and uncover explosives
Advisor: Peter Traykovski, WHOI
After grad school: nuclear power training school and submarine warfare

Lieutenant Benjamin Jones, Class of 2006

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 1997
Experience: helicopter pilot for six years
Research: analyzing the acoustic spectra of “biosonar”—that is, what beaked whales “see” when bouncing echoes off prey
Advisors: Andone Lavery and Tim Stanton, WHOI
After grad school: will join the Meteorology and Oceanography Command

Ensign Allison Berg, Class of 2006

(See "Double Duty for Ensign/Student Allison Berg")
Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2004
Research: using portable Sonic Detection and Ranging (SODAR) instruments to study the winds from the ocean’s surface to roughly 200 meters altitude
Advisor: Gene Terray, WHOI
After grad school:
training as a surface warfare officer on the destroyer USS Momsen

Ensign Colleen Maloney, Class of 2006

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2004
Research: studying the properties of underwater sand ripples on the continental shelf and how they are remodeled by storms (part of the Mine Burial Prediction program)
Advisor: Peter Traykovski, WHOI

After grad school: training as a surface warfare officer in Little Creek, Va.

Ensign Matthew Watts, Class of 2006

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2004
Experience: served for three years as enlisted sailor before entering the U.S. Naval Academy
Research: working to create a mechanical fish that will mimic the fast startle response observed in fish.
Advisor: Mike Triantafyllou, MIT

After grad school: training as a surface warfare officer in Pearl Harbor

Ensign Kathryn D’Epagnier, Class of 2007

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2005
Research: interested in underwater vehicles
Advisor: To be determined

After grad school: training as a surface warfare officer

Ensign David Farrell, Class of 2007

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2005
Research: to be determined
Advisor: Art Baggeroer, MIT
After grad school:flight school in Pensacola, Fla.

Ensign Maria Parra-Orlandoni, Class of 2007

Education: U.S. Naval Academy, 2005
Research: would like to work with autonomous underwater vehicles
Advisors: Henrik Schmidt, MIT, and Dana Yoerger, WHOI
After grad school: training as a surface warfare officer in San Diego

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A group of U.S. Navy officers are pursuing graduate degrees in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program through a special arrangement between the institutions. They are: (back row, from left) Lt. j.g. Brendan Gotowka, Ensign Matthew Watts, and Ensign Colleen Maloney; (middle row) Ensign Maria Parra-Orlandoni, Ensign Allison Berg, and Lt. Cmdr. Jasper "Carl" Hartsfield; (front row) Ensign Kathryn D'Epagnier and Lt. Benjamin Jones. (See "An Officer and a Graduate Student.") (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, WHOI)

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