Four NAME undergraduate students were invited by the Dean of the College of Engineering to represent the University of Michigan at the 11th Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC), held 6-8 November 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland. This year’s conference, titled Powering the Modern World, is organized around the themes of Energy and Sustainability. Delegates engaged in conversation about alternative energy, the ethics and global implications of energy, and sustainable technological advances. University of Michigan College of Engineering attendees were specially chosen and nominated by Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering Alec D. Gallimore. The students selected to participate were Emma Pettigrew, Ethan Almquist, Victoria Arciniega, and Hal Berdichesky.
The main objective of this conference is to bring together undergraduate students from a wide variety of institutions of higher education to foster discussions about STEM and the challenges our nation faces in solving critical technical issues. Keynote speakers from academia, government, and industry present their perspectives on the main topics of the conference to the attendees. In addition to the speakers and panelists, the conference consists of hands-on work and small-group discussion, student-organized and directed, on a relevant subtopic.
Of the experience, Ethan Almquist says, “NASEC was a great opportunity to not only meet students from service academies around the world and other civilian schools but also to gain a new perspective on how climate change and our energy production issues are being tackled globally.”
Almquist presented research on The Design Space Characterization of Offshore Carbon Sequestration Marine Units and Arciniega presented on Increasing the Floating Solar Market with Cable-Free Anchoring for Floating Solar Systems.
Victoria Arciniega also found great value in the trip explaining, “We were able to offer a lot of technical insight to the table and it was great to be able to hear from people who have an environmental policy background, people who are working towards being environmental intermediaries to bridge the gap between community knowledge and industry/academia knowledge.”