Saturday, February 27, 2010

Barbie the Computer Engineer

Have you heard? In late 2010, toy maker, Mattel, will cast the Barbie Doll as a computer engineer for her 126th career. Here at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, women engineers, scientists, and managers are nothing new. Our commitment to diversity does not fall short of gender.

In 2009, our female employees have been recognized with these awards:
A career path at SSC Pacific goes as far as your talent will take you.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What's It Like to Work Here?

As National Engineers Week comes to a close, here's one more peek inside the engineering life of our New Professional recruits.

For more information about working at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, email us.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Imagery Analysis with RAPIER

Our engineers don't only work in the hardware world. We also develop custom software applications for our customers.

Learn about RAPIER (Rapid Image Exploitation Resource) that quickly analyzes satellite imagery to detect targets of interest.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Where in the World?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is everywhere from airplanes to cars to mobile devices. While consumers might take GPS for granted, our engineers are working to make GPS even better! Take a look.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Talk to the Hand

National Engineers Week runs from February 14 to 20, 2010, and to celebrate the engineering heritage of SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, we'll be highlighting just a few of our many projects.

How do teams work together and communicate in challenging environments? Could your fingers and hand gestures do the talking? They could with this SSC Pacific-designed glove.

More educational videos are available from NDEP's Lab TV, and be sure to vote for your favorite fictional engineer on our Facebook Fan poll.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Showcasing Science in Hawaii

On February 6, 2010, employees from SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, Code H, the Pacific C4ISR Department, led a science show at the 1st annual Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area Science Fair. The Science Fair determined which intermediate school science projects would represent the region in the Hawaii State Science Fair in April while the supplemental science shows were a way to encourage the students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Code H's Gregory Lum, Jayson Nakakura, and Neal Miyake teamed with Envisioneering Inc. and the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) to put on two 45-minute productions for 250 appreciative students, families, friends, and educators. Greg and Jayson showcased the effects of linear and angular momentum, wowed the audience with both an experimental robot and an operational robot, and demonstrated laser theory and optical transmission. The intent was to demonstrate the relevance of science and mathematics by showing how theories can apply in the real world.

Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle was in attendance, providing additional words of encouragement to the students and assisting with the awards presentation. She spoke of the need for more scientists and engineers for our nation, cabling between islands to support energy and communication transmission, and the need for underwater robotics to identify bathymetry and possible unexploded munitions.

For Oahu, this was the first time a science fair included technical shows (the island of Kauai has adopted this format for six years, with Code H participating the last two years). If the enthusiasm and excitement of both kids and administrators are any indication of the success, Code H looks forward to expanding this educational outreach initiative to an even larger audience.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

SSC Pacific Assists with WWII Mine Removal

U.S. Navy personnel from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One (EODMU ONE) and SSC Pacific participated in Lagoon Mine Exercise 2009 (MINEX 09) in New Caledonia, November 8-20, 2009. The operation sought to remove defensive mines laid in the New Caledonia Lagoon by Australian forces during World War II. Almost 2,000 mines were used to protect thousands of U.S. troops on the island against predicted enemy attack and to prevent enemy access to New Caledonian ports.

SSC Pacific and EOD MU1 traveled to New Caledonia participate in Lagoon MINEX 2009DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young

In 1944, the U.S. conducted mechanical sweeping clearance operations, and most of the mines that surfaced were shot and destroyed. However, some did not explode and sank to the ocean floor where they remain today.

SSC Pacific personnel assisted the very shallow water mine counter measures company of EODMU ONE in deploying four mine-hunting dolphins from San Diego to New Caledonia to participate in this multi-national effort involving personnel and equipment from the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and France, which currently administers the island.

Divers investigating a mine at the bottom of the New Caledonia Lagoon.

Although the mines are not a threat to surface navigation, the main objective of Lagoon MINEX 09 was to clear mines located under the main seaways between Noumea and its access channels, giving close attention to the need to preserve the underwater environment.