Rapid Innovation CHALLENGES™

Rapid Innovation Challenges™ are digital, experiential learning programs that immerse students into career development by having them actively participate in the work, meet the people and see the impact of emerging career fields. These 3-4 day learning opportunities increase student engagement and performance and encourage them to pursue academic and career paths aligned with future workforce needs.

Challenge: Design a facility for military families.

A lot of research goes into planning future military facilities. Our challenge champions have to focus not only on what needs to be built, but how it will be impacted by climate change in the future.

Challenge: Design and test a 3D printed boat for a specific purpose.

We have probably all seen a wooden, metal, or plastic boat at one time in our lives, but you might not have seen a 3D printed one. The Navy is currently working to make them a reality.

Challenge: Design a solution for boat cleaning that uses an automated system.

The Navy is very concerned about clean waters and being energy efficient. One of the biggest issues for fuel efficiency for the Navy is marine biofouling on the hulls of ships.

Challenge: Create two network access control lists (ACLs) that correctly implement a national security policy.

In our modern world, cyber security is an issue we all face every day. Keeping networks secure and running effectively is of major importance, especially to the Navy.

Challenge: Develop a way to monitor the physical changes that occur at the beach using machine learning.

We depend on our coastlines for living space, our economy, and even our safety. Dr. Orescanin and other scientists are developing computer models that help to describe why, when and how coastal change happens.

Challenge: Design an experiment that will test how well inexpensive cameras can take underwater images that can be used to train MCM machines to reliably and autonomously identify mines.

Naval mines are used across the world to deny access to harbors and waterways, or to protect friendly vessels, and they pose tremendous challenges for US Navy surface ships and submarines. Engineers like Dr. Sastre-Cordova are working with the Navy to develop autonomous vehicles that can find and inactivate mines safely and efficiently.

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