Naval Surface Warfare Center - Dahlgren (Dahlgren, VA)

Naval Surface Warfare Center

Program Dates: TBD

Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab.


Each student must secure their own transportation. Due to the secure nature of the Naval Facility, individuals without access will not be permitted on base.  Therefore, students must be able to drive themselves or carpool to work with someone with base access.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the "Interests" section of the SEAP application.  This field allows you to specify your areas of interest within science and/or engineering.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, VA

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) is the Navy's principal research, development, and test and evaluation laboratory for surface ship combat systems, ordnance, mines, and strategic systems support.  At the Center, interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers, using a systems engineering approach, are engaged in analysis and testing to ensure that Navy and Joint forces are able to complete their mission in a wartime environment.

Our civilian scientists and engineers are free to explore beyond the known boundaries of technology.  Supplied with the latest equipment and surrounded by experts in advanced scientific fields, engineers and scientists take on demanding research and development projects that will define surface warfare systems for the decades ahead.  The center employees 4,400 civilian employees.

Current Research Interests are as follows:

Computer Systems Advanced systems using optical signal processing, fiber optics, parallel and distributed processing, VHSIC, and integrated systems to achieve real rime information processing and transfer. Reengineering methodologies to capture legacy system functionality for retargeting to advanced computer platforms. Development of advanced Al based systems to perform control optimization and automated performance.

Electronic/Space Systems: Sensor research for space systems (including navigational and geodetic satellite radar altimetry and GPS satellites) and surface system applications (principally focused on electromagnetic, infrared, and optics). Advanced signal processing for signatures derived from noisy and scattering environments. Electronics to process and display the data are developed for application to land, sea, air, and space based systems operating in static and dynamic conditions.

Mathematical Technologies: Basic and applied mathematics research leading to technologies for a wide range of Naval systems. Areas of interest include computational statistics, non-parametric density estimation, large scale data set investigation, image analysis, applied graph theory; network flow optimization, logic systems, semigroup theory, wavelet transformations, algebraic and differential topology; nonlinear dynamics, dynamics, chaos, and fractals.

Advanced Technologies: Electronic materials for sensor development and computation enhancement. Influences of electromagnetic energy on electronics and systems. Directed energy research relating to Pulsed power and switching. Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) research. Quantum processing research as maybe applicable to future communication, detection, and computation systems. Systems research and modeling for large, distributed, complex real-time systems and simulations. Development of warheads for surface and air based weapons. Analysis of the effects of ordnance target structure response, and detonation processes.