NSWC Dahlgren’s Support of Mechanical Engineering Students at Virginia Tech Drives Innovation

Virginia Tech graduates more than 400 mechanical engineering students each year. The major’s curriculum requires each student to complete a capstone project in their senior year. Just like in real life, the project is done in teams as students solve real-world problems while dealing with practical issues such as budget, design deadlines, and risk assessments.

The capstone project culminates in the Senior Design Expo, where students present their finished products to be judged by a panel of experts. This year, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCDD) Dahlgren Division sent Kevin Cogley, High Power Microwave Weapons Systems Division Chief, and Alan Overby, High Power Microwave Effects Branch Chief. and modeling and simulations, to serve as judges. For NSWCDD, it was another opportunity to strengthen longstanding relationships with organizations like Virginia Tech. Through this event, our engineers witnessed the innovative thinking of this new generation of mechanical engineers while having the chance to promote the work being done at NSWCDD.

“What impressed me the most was the creativity of the student teams’ solutions,” said Cogley, an alumnus of Tech. “That’s the exciting part. Seeing how students from diverse backgrounds and experiences successfully tackle a problem with a single solution.”

Cogley wants to see NSWCDD get more involved at Virginia Tech. “The opportunities are exciting. I hope we can continue to find ways to increase our commitment in the years to come.