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Walter E. Owen
Associate Chairman for Distributed Programs & Outreach
Mail Code: SE/On
Department of Systems Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-402-6086
Email: wowen (at)
DPA - Golden Gate University, 2003
Public Administration
MS - Naval Postgraduate School, 1992
Management (Financial Management)
BS - U.S. Naval Academy, 1979
Naval Engineering (Management and Technology)
  • 2007-Present: Senior Lecturer, Associate Chairman for Distributed Programs and Outreach, Department of Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Joint appointment with Graduate School of Business & Public Policy.
  • 2005-2007: Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. Joint appointment with Department of Systems Engineering.
  • 2002-2005: Senior Lecturer, Wayne E. Meyer Institute of Systems Engineering. Joint appointment with Graduate School of Business & Public Policy.
  • 2001-2002: Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Business & Public Policy.
  • 1995-2001: Lecturer, Department of Systems Management.
  • 1992-1995: Military Instructor, Department of Systems Management.
OTHER EXPERIENCE: (View an extended list)
  • 1988-1990: Air Operations Officer, USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Executive position responsible for all ship Air Traffic Control functions during around-the-world cruise.
  • 1985-1988: Officer Programs Officer, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis (NRD-STL). Executive position responsible for the attainment of all Navy Officer programs in greater St. Louis bi-state region to include MDs, Nurses, Dentists, Nuclear and Surface Officers, Aviators, Special Forces and Medical/ROTC scholarships.
  • 1982-1985: Naval Flight Officer, Fighter Squadron One-Five-Four (VF-154). Flew over 500 hours in F4 Phantom and F14 Tomcat aircraft with over 200 carrier landings. Deployed on numerous cruises and held numerous squadron leadership and management positions to include facilities manager, aircraft line division officer and personnel officer.
  • 1979-1982: Naval Officer Flight Training program.
  • 1975-1979: Midshipman, United States Naval Academy.
  • Project Management, Financial Management, Logistics, Contract Management.
  • Systems Engineering, Systems Acquisition, Product Development, Test and Evaluation.
  • Public Policy, Defense Resource Analysis, Policy Evaluation, Performance Assessment, Leadership, Research Methods.
  • Defense Systems Acquisition: Acquisition Policy, Education & Training, Program Management, New Business Development, Logistics Support and Cycle Time Analysis.
  • Systems Engineering: Integrated Product & Process Development, Risk Management, Configuration Management, Modeling & Simulation and Requirements Analysis.
  • General Management: Organizational Transformation, Team Building, Leadership, Systems Theory, Total Quality Theory and Strategic Management.
  • Public Administration: Public Policy, Program Evaluation, Performance Measurement.
  • Distributed and Distance Learning: Effectiveness Studies, Business Models, Assessment Tools, Interactive Instructional Designs and Training for Educators.
AWARDS: (View an extended list)
  • Special Act Award (July 2010) presented by Chairman, Department of Systems Engineering for exceptional contributions toward success of distributed learning programs and 100% increase in student enrollments for period July 2009 to July 2010.
  • Inductee to Hall of Fame, Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (September 2009) for superior service and contributions toward school mission and strategic goal achievements.
  • Recognition Award (September 2006) presented by Director of the Office of Continuous Learning and the Dean of GSBPP for contributions to NPS distributed learning efforts.
  • Special Act Award (August 2004) presented by Associate Provost for Academic Affairs for superior performance as Director, Leadership in Product Development for the 21st Century (PD21) program.
  • Letter of Appreciation (November 2003) presented by Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity for design, delivery and support of their Master of Science in Systems Engineering by distance learning.
  • Letter of Appreciation (June 2003) presented by Executive Director, Port Hueneme Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center for leadership and dedication toward the realization of a Systems Engineering degree program delivered to technical workforce.
  • Above and Beyond Award (May 2003) presented by Superintendent, NPS for quality service and behind the scenes contributions to the Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Distributed Learning Advisory Council, Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Hiring Committee, Department of Systems Engineering.
  • Distance Learning Task Force, Naval Postgraduate School.
  • Educational Consortium for Product Development Leadership in the 21st Century.
  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
  • Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
  • American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC).
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Roberts, Benjamin J. & Owen, Walter, E. (2011). Orientation and Engagement of Systems Engineering Distance Education Students: Paper accepted and presentation to be given at ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, June 27-July 1. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Owen, Walter & Roberts, Benjamin (2011). Ensuring Graduate Success for Systems Engineering Distance Education Students: Paper accepted and presentation to be given at International Journal of Arts & Sciences, Multidisciplinary Conference, March 7-10. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Roberts, B. & Owen, W. (2010). Finding the Right Blend of Delivery Options for Systems Engineering Distance Education: Paper accepted and presentation given at the EDULEARN10, International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, July 5-7. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Roberts, B. & Owen, W. (2010). Challenges in Distance Learning Program Development and Delivery. In Proceedings of the 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education 2010 (pp. 2735-2740). Honolulu, HI.
  • Owen, Walter E. and Roberts, Benjamin J. (2009). Distance Learning Modality and Faculty Reactions to Instruction. Paper abstract submitted and accepted for poster session at Campus Technology 2009, July 27-20, 2009. Boston, MA.
  • Owen W. & Roberts, B. (2009). A Case Study of Distance Education at the Naval Postgraduate School. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & telecommunications, 2654-2659.
  • Roberts, B. & Owen, W. (2009). Unique Strategies and Technological Solutions for systems Engineering Distance Education. In T. Bastiaens et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 1890-1895), Vancouver, B.C.
  • Keywords: Systems Engineering, Systems Acquisition, Project Management, Product Development, Financial Management and Leadership

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