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Arctic Forum Events

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo As a Government major at the Academy, we are presented with multiple opportunities to attend some unique events. Recently, we had representatives from the Arctic nations convene at the Academy to discuss multilateral relations with respect to the Arctic. I was allowed to sit in on a panel discussion with the representatives to hear how each of these countries is developing policies in the Arctic. If you don’t know, the Arctic is an area of growing importance. Never before has the idea of using Arctic region for trade, tourism, or territory been discussed. But now with the changing environment, the Arctic has new importance. Each country has their own unique challenges facing them. It was extremely interesting to sit in and listen to each representative discuss how their country is impacted by the new opportunities in the Arctic.

 

The most intriguing idea discussed was the notion of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Arctic. Improving rescue techniques calls for multiple agencies and countries to work together to best develop SAR strategies. I found this discussion so compelling that I have decided to use it as my research paper topic for my Maritime Policy class. As a soon-to-be officer in the Coast Guard, SAR techniques and how we can better them are very interesting and useful for me to think about. Who knows, maybe one day I will be the brains behind these operations! Either way, it is a fascinating topic to explore and consider. Altogether, the events that I participated in with the Arctic nations were an incredible experience that some undergraduate college students can only dream of having!

 

More about Allie.

 

Operations Research Capstone Project...Stay Tuned

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Hirst Photo First semester of senior year is moving at a steady clip. During our senior year, most majors work on a capstone project, which encompasses the entire year’s worth of work. The cadets studying engineering are already well underway with their capstone projects. The majority of my friends are engineers, and they give me a hard time because as an Operations Research major, I haven’t started my project yet. Operations Research just received the capstone slate and we put in a dream sheet of the capstone we would like to work on. Most of the projects are Coast Guard applicable and our work will be put into place to help out the fleet. We have the opportunity to optimize flight scheduling or possibly plan out the best allocation of Coast Guard assets. There are endless opportunities with operations research in the Coast Guard! Most of my capstone work will occur next semester, so expect more information on that to come later! This semester is flying by…I can’t believe it’s already November!

 

More about Townshend.