Engineering program connects with U.S. Navy “laboratory”

Hanover College engineering students will have access to a unique array of expertise, equipment and projects through a relationship with the U.S. Navy. The College has entered into a five-year educational partnership with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane).

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A naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, NSWC Crane serves electronic, engineering and ordnance needs of the U.S. Navy and other military customers. The facility supports functions such as expeditionary, surface and airborne electronic warfare, fleet maintenance and modernization, radar, power and strategic systems, small arms, as well as night-vision and undersea warfare systems.

“There is a clear sense our rising engineering program can only be of the highest quality,” said Leonidas Pantelidis, chair of Hanover’s department of physics & astronomy and acting director of the engineering programs. “There is no better way to excellence other than accessing the best technology and expertise out there. We are excited to be partnering with the U.S. Navy and NSWC Crane.”

The partnership was created to encourage interest in science, mathematics and engineering and presents a vast array of opportunities for Hanover’s students. The College’s scholars will have access to NSWC Crane’s wide variety of scientific personnel and skills, specialized equipment and computer software.

NSWC Crane personnel will be available to aid Hanover’s engineering program in the development and teaching of science courses and materials, while also providing mentorships and career advice. Students will also have access to tours, demonstrations, experiments, research projects and potential employment at the base.

Located 25 miles southwest of Bloomington, Ind., NSWC Crane was established in 1941 for the production, testing and storage of ordnance. The operation is the third-largest naval installation in the world by geographic area and, with more than 3,000 employees, is the largest employer in southern Indiana.

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