“Engaging students in fields like these is invaluable, as the research created here [at NRL] will influence policies these students will face in their careers,” Swider-Lyons said.
Georgetown Professor Cara LaPointe, Ph.D., with the Science, Technology and International Affairs program, said her students’ career interests are geared toward national security, a field that relies heavily on science and technology (S&T).
“The goal is to de-mystify these technologies and teach students what it takes to integrate technologies into the complex socio-economic system that is the national security apparatus,” LaPointe said.
“We’ve covered block chain, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, and autonomous systems.”
For the second-day of the academic exchange, Georgetown students traveled to NRL’s DC-campus to tour LASR’s facilities.
They visited specialized facilities supporting autonomous systems research including intelligent autonomy, human-autonomous system interactions, sensor systems, power and energy systems.
“Touring LASR facilities and seeing the research performed is a great help toward educating the next generation of policy leaders,” said Swider-Lyons. “I am impressed by their passion to understand S&T capabilities in national security environments and NRL’s role for the military.”