Six members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) visited several labs at the National Security Agency (NSA) near Ft. Meade, Maryland. Cadets Mary Clare Cassidy '20, Cali Evans '21, Mike McPherson '21, Shane Murphy '21, Isaac Hagberg '22, Camron Jones '22, MAJ Joshua Groen, and Mr. Chip Schooler all had a chance to see how electrical and mechanical engineering skills are utilized by the nation's intelligence community, in pursuit of national security objectives. The NSA tour began with a visit to NBP302, NSA's Industrial Controls Security research organization. After a good discussion building the foundation of industrial controls, they toured the NBP302 lab space where domestic and foreign allied SCADA infrastructures are simulated to develop defensive measures.
In addition, cadets received a briefing on summer detail opportunities at the NSA. Next, cadets traveled to College Park, Maryland to tour the Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences. Here cadets were briefed on several emerging technologies including robotics, indoor localization, specialized applications of image processing, and an IOT vulnerabilities lab. Finally, cadets finished the tour at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences where they were exposed to cutting edge research in Photonics, Quantum Computing, Fuel Cells, and fabrication facilities. That evening, the Cadets were hosted at the Navy Academy by their Midshipman counterparts and enjoyed a social evening in Annapolis with the Midshipmen. In addition to gaining an understanding of cutting-edge research, the trip was an excellent opportunity to broaden cadet's understanding of the DoD enterprise in general.