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ODU, Six Other Schools Get U.S. Navy Contract Award Worth Up to $30 Million

The United States Navy has granted Old Dominion University and six other universities a five-year contract worth up to $30 million to provide analytical and technical support services, and research and development efforts, for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic.

The six universities will support advanced research and development projects on behalf of multiple customers, including, but not limited to, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC-LANT), and other federal government research and development activities.

The National Centers for System of Systems Engineering (NCSoSE) in ODU's Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) will coordinate and lead ODU's team that will provide support on the contract. Charles Keating, the NCSoSE director and a professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is the grant's contract manager for ODU. Charles Sukenik, associate professor of physics, will be the assistant manager.

The team that submitted the winning proposal was led by Luna Magpili of ODUs Office of Research and Kevin Adams of NCSoSE. Magpili and Adams were supported by Prakash Viswanathan and Karen Eck from the Office of Research, Cindy Walters from the ODU Business Gateway and Betsy Foushee from the ODU Research Foundation.

The award is the result of a two-year effort by NCSoSE to establish a professional relationship with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. "This contract is an important milestone in the relationship between NCSoSE/ODU and SSC-LANT," Adams said.

"It will be a vehicle that we can use to help the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) with emerging technical problems in the vast array of highly complex systems of systems that they deal with on a daily basis."

ODU and the six other universities will compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the contract. The task orders will focus on providing analytical services and research and development support in 22 science and technology areas. Task orders will also include the development and provision of professional training in basic engineering principles, advanced engineering principles, systems theory, complex systems, system of systems engineering, logistics and program management, that lead toward certification that supports the Navy's efforts in competency development of the workforce.

The Navy anticipates that 40 percent of the work will be performed in Charleston, SC, 30 percent in Norfolk and 30 percent in New Orleans. Other institutions included in the contract are Clemson University, Penn State University, University of New Orleans, University of Southern Alabama, University of South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

This article was posted on: August 20, 2010

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