Search
School of Informatics and Computing Menu

Informatics and Data Sciences at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane

  • Scot Hawkins, Ph.D.
  • Nathaniel Husted, Ph.D.

Friday, September 15 at 12:30 p.m. in IT 167

Abstract

Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is a Naval Engineering center in Southern Indiana. NSWC Crane provides support for a number of Naval systems and is a member of the Navy Research and Development Enterprise. Today’s talk will discuss a number of informatics and data sciences-related efforts that are currently happening at NSWC Crane. These efforts include such topics as statistical machine learning, augmented reality and virtual training, cybersecurity, and sensor fusion. The goal of this talk is to provide faculty and students a better understanding of the informatics-related challenges at NSWC Crane in order to promote future collaboration and interaction between the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and NSWC Crane’s technical work force.

About Scot Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins is currently a scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center–Crane (NSWC Crane) in the Expeditionary Electronic Warfare (EW) division under the Electronic Warfare department.  His specialty is radio frequency (RF) propagation and the wireless RF environment.  He is working on several programs ranging from RF support for the Trident program to RF environment and test support for Expeditionary EW.  He has been the technical advisor on a number of small projects involving asset allocation, RF propagation, and cyber-electronic warfare, which received a 2017 Surface Warfare Center Innovation Award.  In addition, he has been the technical lead for NSWC Crane for a number of university projects and grants including IUPUI, Old Dominion, Tennessee State, and Rose-Hulman.  He served four years as the chairman of the Electromagnetic Environment Working Group for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

Scot holds a bachelor’s degree (1994) in optical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. (1999) in physics from the University of Arkansas.  His graduate research focused on nonlinear optical effects and self-focusing in semiconductors. Scot was involved in post-doctoral research in ultrafast nonlinear light-matter interactions and carrier dynamics in semiconductors at the University of Iowa. He taught physics and optical engineering courses while leading a research group in observational astronomy at Rose-Hulman. He has publications in nonlinear optics, RF propagation, and asteroid research.

About Nathaniel Husted

Dr. Husted is currently an employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center–Crane (NSWC Crane) in the Expeditionary Electronic Warfare division under the Electronic Warfare department. He currently spends his time working on developing Cyber-Electronic Warfare capabilities for the department. He has been technical advisor on a number of internal projects, one of which received a 2017 Surface Warfare Center Innovation Award. He also assists working on the general cyber-domain strategy for NSWC Crane and growing the cyber/EW science and technology workforce. Beyond his work at NSWC Crane he also assists half time at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Code 30 (Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department) as a domain expert in cybersecurity.

Nathaniel holds a bachelor’s degree (2008) in computer technology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. (2014) in security informatics from Indiana University. His graduate research predominantly focused upon emergent vulnerabilities and attacks that exist due to the nature of complex systems, i.e., system-of-systems. He also co-authored a paper starting the macroeconomics of information security sub-field. Other published work was performed in the areas of applied cryptography, mobile security, and data provenance. Prior to his work in government, he was employed as an information security consultant and assisted Fortune 50 financial institutions by performing software security assessments and architectural security reviews of large enterprise systems. He’s previously assisted in organizing Circle City Con, Indianapolis’s first Hackercon.