PANAMA CITY, Florida (NNS) -- Recognizing the importance of collaboration, partnerships between government and academia, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) hosted over 30 college students from four universities May 10, 2018 for Naval Engineering Education Consortium Day (NEEC).
The NEEC program employs project-based research at colleges and universities that targets the Navy's technology needs and cultivates a world-class Naval Engineering workforce via student participation.
The only Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Warfare Center located along the Gulf of Mexico, NSWC PCD personnel shared information, collaborated with students and hosted tours with the interest of not only furthering student discovery, but also investing in the next generation of scientists and engineers. Students from Georgia Tech, Florida Atlantic University and University of Florida attended the event.
"We deliver unique technical capabilities and to remain the number one Navy in the world, we are always looking for the best and the brightest to work with us and solve tomorrow's challenges today," said Capt. Aaron Peters, NSWC PCD commanding officer. "Hosting events like NEEC Day is critical to our success as an organization and our ability to project future abilities that allow us to deliver long term technical results."
The NEEC and NAVSEA Warfare Center partnership occurs after universities propose and are awarded contracts under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) competitive contract process. This legal process allows real-world problems to be discussed and solved in a collaborative, secure environment.
"There are two main objectives for this event. First, we want the college students to brief us on the status of their current technical projects, which allows us to provide feedback and clarifying direction, and allows the students to showcase their talents to hiring managers from across the base," said Rex Lawrence, NSWC PCD NEEC coordinator. "The second objective for NEEC Day is to give the students an overview of the type of work we execute for the Navy here in Panama City."
Lawrence said this is also an opportunity for hiring managers to make on-the-spot job offers for graduating students.
Learn more about the NEEC at: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/Partnerships/NEEC/
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