Prof. Ray Buettner

About Me
FX History
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Consortium for Robotics Unmanned Systems Education (CRUSER) provides a collaborative environment for the advancement of educational and research endeavors across the Navy and Marine Corps. The Consortium seeks to align efforts, both internal and external to NPS, by facilitating active means of collaboration, providing a portal for information exchange among researchers and educators with collaborative interests, and supporting innovation through directed programs of operational experimentation.






Built on previous NPS hosted field experimentation events, Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) started in 2012 under the sponsorship of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. These quarterly events are conducted such that maximum innovation and collaboration are encouraged between DoD, government agencies, industry, universities, and in which both military and first responder participation and feedback are leveraged for effectiveness, affordability, and feasibility of future capabilities in a variety of different mission sets.


Gerald ScottGerald Scott

Scotty has been interested in technology innovation and experimentation as long as he can remember. This interest probably stemmed from his habit of completely disassembling his toys the day after Christmas to see how they worked. Eventually he figured out how to put them back together again, then quickly started to make them better. As a “grown-up” Scotty continues to enjoy tinkering, making, bending, and home-brewing just about anything from high-power generator-based bicycle lights and single-chip computers, to basement robotics, and yes, beer.

Scotty is a retired Army Information Operations officer. After the typical rotation of deployments for an IO officer, Scotty spent the last several years on The Joint Staff, analyzing and developing recommendations for the application of emerging technologies. Specific areas of development in this assignment included special technical capabilities, multi-level security network architecture, interagency collaboration procedures, and UAV and space system integration in support of ground operations.

Scotty is a graduate of NPS, writing his Master’s thesis on the technical, social, and bureaucratic aspects of interagency coordination for Homeland Security. Scotty is also aspiring to be a PhD Candidate in the NPS Information Sciences Department. His current research interests include collaborative, self-organizing system design, web-based multi-level security architecture, and field data collection techniques.

Carl OrosCarl Oros

Carl Oros is an Information Sciences (IS) doctoral student, Research Associate, and faculty in the Department of Information Sciences. His research and teaching interests include wireless networking, tactical wireless LANs, and operator-centric information architectures that support the C2 communication of valuable bits to the lowest tactical level. As a Principle Investigator, he has managed several USMC sponsored tactical wireless research projects and has been actively involved in the NPS-USSOCOM Cooperative Field Research Program since 2004. Carl is a retired Marine Corps CH-53E assault support helicopter pilot and holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology Management (NPS, 2004), a Masters in Military Studies (USMC Command & Staff College, 2000), and a BA in Geophysics (Univ. of Chicago, 1986). He has been published in the handbook of research on Complex Dynamic Process Management, and the Command & Control Research Program (CCRP) and AFCE-George Mason University (GMU) Critical Issues in C4 symposia.

Ramsey MeyerRamsey Meyer

With a life-long interest in computers and technology, Ramsey grew up pushing every button within reach. He graduated with distinction from Occidental College in 2004 with an A.B. in History and a senior thesis on the propaganda value of the Volkswagen and Autobahn in pre-World War II Nazi Germany. Ramsey has worked as a web developer, a project manager for a software startup and a project manager at a startup mobile instant messaging company.

In 2009 Ramsey joined a research group at the Naval Postgraduate School, studying communication equipment for deployment in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situations. While working as a Research Associate, Ramsey studied and completed the Information Technology Management program at the Naval Postgraduate School, finishing his Master of Science degree in 2011. Ramsey currently works on several technology-related special projects within the NPS Field Experimentation program.

When he's not in front of a computer, Ramsey enjoys all things active in life. He is an avid cyclist, mountaineer, hiker, climber, and SCUBA diver. He has climbed several beautiful peaks, including Mount Rainier in Washington, Mount Shasta and Mount Whitney in California, and Pico de Orizaba in Mexico.

Tristan AllenTristan Allen

Receiving his master’s degree from NPS in 2011, Tristan has worked with the NPS field experimentation team since September of 2010. Working primarily on the RELIEF event, Tristan’s research interests include humanitarian assistance & disaster relief, post-conflict stabilization, operational civil-military relations, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Todd FruehaufTodd Fruehauf

An adrenaline junkie and pyromaniac by nature, Todd sought employment with the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 2003, Todd spent 8.5 years on active duty before switching over to the reserves where he still serves. One of his hopes in transferring off of active duty was to remain in the fight, albeit in a different capacity. He found such a capacity at NPS where he enjoys researching ways to improve the capabilities of our military and government within a team environment. Since his arrival to NPS in May of 2012, Todd has worked primarily in field experimentation as a Research Associate and continues to find ways to work hard and play hard within multi-institutional semi-structured learning environments.

In his spare time, Todd enjoys time outside with his family of six, surfing, biking, camping, climbing and SCUBA diving.

Lisa TrawickLisa Trawick

Lisa is the Operations Manager for the Consortium for Robotics Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) focusing on managing the finances, the monthly e-newsletter, outreach, and other behind-the-scenes tasks. In 2014 she was able to join the field experimentation team to provide similar support.

Lisa is a member of the Air Force Reserves, initially serving as a Power Production Specialist and Structural Specialist before receiving her commission in 2002 and becoming a Logistics Readiness Officer. She earned Bachelor’s in Statistical Computing from the University of Utah. When a temporary active-duty tour with the Defense Accounting and Finance Service (DFAS) Internal Review brought her to the Monterey area to work as a financial analyst, she attended the Naval Postgraduate School part-time and earned a Masters in Information Technology Management with a focus on data mining.

Mollie McGuireMollie McGuire

Mollie is working on her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation research focuses on prospective memory in high stress environments. Other interests include heuristics in judgement and decision making, and cognitive load. Mollie came to NPS through a summer internship, but has continued to collaborate with students and faculty there. This collaboration has enriched her research and given her the opportunity to work with other PhD students on a variety of research topics. After completing her degree, Mollie looks forward to a career in research, and is open to working in either an applied or academic setting.




Frances MackinnonFrances MacKinnon

Frances is a senior Mechanical Engineering major at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. In addition to her participation as an Air Force ROTC cadet at Howard University, Frances spends the rest of her copious free time as a captain of the CUA Steel Bridge Team and writing various articles for CUA's school newspaper, The Tower. Frances has participated in various organizations on campus, including Alpha Phi Omega, the Society of Women Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. After commissioning in May of 2014 as an officer in the Air Force, Frances intends to pursue graduate work and make the world a better place.


KaityKaity Duffy

Kaity is a senior at Northeastern University, where she is studying towards a B.S. in Chemistry and Political Science. Her interests include topics concerning national and international security, as well as the forensic sciences. As a part of the co-op program at Northeastern, Kaity has interned with both the public and private sectors in Washington, D.C., Hawaii, and New York City. She also spent five weeks in the summer of 2012 studying disarmament diplomacy and humanitarian action in Geneva, Switzerland.


Jacob McCarthyJacob McCarthy

Jacob McCarthy is a seventeen year old native to Monterey, California. Jacob is an intern with the JIFX program via the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), focusing on robotics and aiding student research.

Outside of NPS, Jacob has participated in his middle school's robotics club and has started his own business. He is currently enrolled in RLS Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, where he has enrolled in honors and AP courses as well as attended Expo, an eleven day backpacking trip set in the Ventana wilderness where everything that will be required must be carried with them during the trip. This includes water reclamation abilities, and all of the food needed for the journey. Jacob is working toward his Eagle Scout rank and is in the throes of his Eagle project at Hastings Natural History Reserve.



Marianna JonesMarianna Jones

Marianna Jones is a Research Associate and has been employed at NPS since 2003. She went to Monterey High School and eventually gained a bachelor's degree from CSU Long Beach. After college she returned to the Monterey Bay and began simultaneously working at NPS and taking Master's level classes. Marianna graduated with her Master's Degree in the Information Sciences Department from NPS in December 2006. She worked for the Field Experimentation Program beginning mid-2004.


Nell TurleyNelly Turley

After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Social Anthropology, Nelly set sail across the Atlantic and around Europe on the full rigged ship, HMS Bounty. This further cemented her interests in maritime studies and international relations. She graduated from NPS with a Masters in National Security Affairs, Defense Decision Making and Planning. Nelly has been a part of the TNT and RELIEF field experimentation since the summer of 2010. When not writing technical reports or driving HMMWVs at Camp Roberts, Nelly is cycling, racing triathlons, or skydiving.


Mike ClementMike Clement

When he's not overcoming his fear of heights or being swept out to sea, Mike explores new ways of monitoring and measuring networks in the face of challenging operating conditions. Mike received his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Humanities from Seattle University in 2004. While there, he engaged in research projects ranging from programming particle and fluid physics simulations on a Beowulf cluster, to analyzing attack trends against his own home network, to exploring counter-hacking as a means of protecting organization’s networks. Since then, Mike has worked and studied at NPS. He served as the lead network engineer for the TNT experiments from 2006-2011, and continues to be interested in novel applications of network technology in unusual domains. Mike has also contributed to research focused on networked unmanned systems, in particular UAVs that leverage higher-level autonomy and a rich network interface to enable untrained operators to task the sensor without worrying about the details of flying the aircraft. Mike received his M.S. in Information Technology Management from NPS in 2007 and at present is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science. Outside of work, he prefers indoor rock climbing and freediving in Monterey Bay over going to the gym, and contributes to the morale of the team through brewing beer.