Research Day

March 29, 2019 - 10:00 am — 3:30 pm

Center for Science and Technology (CST)

We celebrate graduate student research in the College of Engineering and Computer Science on our annual Research Day. Each Research Day, industry representatives, faculty, and students from a wide range of disciplines learn about novel approaches to solving challenging research problems. Through poster presentations and research pitches, Engineering & Computer Science graduate students communicate the intellectual merit and broader impacts of their research in six signature areas: Health and Wellbeing; Unmanned Systems; Energy Sources Conversion, and Conservation; Sustainable and Built Systems; Intelligent Systems; and Security


  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Poster Display and Competition
    • 10 – 11 a.m. Posters with odd numbers will be judged
    • 11 – 12 p.m. Posters with even numbers will be judged
  • 12 – 12:30 p.m. Break
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m. Pick up Lunch; Proceed to Auditorium
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Keynote Address
  • 2 – 3 p.m. Research Pitch Competition
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Keynote Lecture by Jason Gomez ’92, Ph.D.

Jason Gomez

Celebrating its 150th year, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport, 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, Fisher’s Island in New York, and Dodge Pond Connecticut.

NUWC Division Newport, with its sister Undersea Warfare center in Keyport Washington, and the nine Surface Warfare Centers across the country, have approximately 24,000 civilian scientist, engineers, and technicians supporting our Fleet.  NUWC’s Vision: Undersea Superiority: Today and Tomorrow.

In this talk we will introduce the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and the role it plays in developing warfighting capability for our sailors.  We will follow an example of bio-inspired technology from its basic research inception, thru early prototyping, and its application to a Navy need.  We’ll also explore the wide breath of technologies required to develop an underwater weapon and how they all interact to establish a complete system capability.

About Jason Gomez ’92, Ph.D.

Jason Gomez is the chief scientist of the Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles, and Defensive Systems Department at NUWC Division Newport. He is charged with developing innovative solutions to emerging undersea warfighting needs, and coordinating the efforts of multiple organizations to ensure they stay focused on the future Fleet.  Gomez graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in aerospace engineering in 1992. In that same year he started working at NUWC Division Newport in the weapons development department. He continued his education while working, and was able to complete both a master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. Throughout his 26 year career, Gomez has worked to advance all areas of technology associated with underwater weapons including acoustics, drag reduction, power and energy, propulsion, and control. He has authored multiple refereed journal articles, has four patents, and was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Poster Competition


  • $300 overall College Prize
  • $250 Department Prize (we will award one or two prizes per department, depending on the number of posters submitted).


  1. scientific contribution of the research
  2. potential applications or impacts of the research
  3. clarity of the presentation, especially for a non-specialist in the field.

Research Pitch Competition


  • $300 First Place
  • $200 Second Place
  • $100 Third Place


  1. The research addresses a challenging problem and/or uses a novel approach
  2. The research has significant potential applications or impacts
  3. The presentation is clear, especially for student/faculty/industry audience that represents a wide range of disciplines.
  4. Information on the slide is readable from a distance AND includes text or graphics that illustrate the key points the presenter makes during the pitch.
2019-03-29 10:00:00 2019-03-29 15:30:00 America/New_York Research Day Center for Science and Technology (CST) Yoanna Ferrara [email protected]