Welcome to the new Naval Postgraduate School Vitae Database. This page provides basic use information,
as well as a detailed description of the available features, in particular those features which have
been introduced in the new version. While administration of the database is still handled exclusively
by the Research Department through Faculty Vitae Admin, hopefully the
information outlined on this page will help you understand the capabilities and limitations of the new
Vitae Database. Comments, questions and complaints about the content and presentation should be directed
to the Research Office.
As mentioned on the front page, searches can be performed using the first-name, last-name, keyword(s),
school and department. The search results will be the intersection of any specified fields. Any fields
left blank will be ignored. Multiple words can be used in the Word(s) field. By default, the
results will include any vitae that contained at least one of the specified words. If a "+" preceeds
a word, only vitae that contain that word will be included in the search results. For example, if the
Word(s) field was
only vitae containing both words would show up as matches. Searches are not case sensitive, and
wildcards can be used to complete words, which is particularly useful for long or difficult to
spell names. The "_" (underscore) character can be used as a wildcard for a single character, and the "%"
(percent) character can be used as a wildcard for any number of characters. For example, entering "j%"
in the Last field will find all faculty with their last name starting with "j".
Upon submitting your search, the software will search the database for matching entries. If a single match
is found, the matching vita will be displayed. If more than one match is found, the matching entries will
be displayed as a linked-list. Clicking on any of the links will take you to the desired vita.
A few additional notes regarding searches. Word searches will cover all text-based fields in the database,
including the new extended fields (discussed later). Therefore, including information in the extended fields
rather than as links to web-pages/documents hosted elsewhere, will allow that information to be searched and
indexed, both by visitors of this site, and by major search engines such as Google. Lastly, many of the major
search engines will index a page based on a short list of provided keywords. Our software constructs
the dynamic pages such that the keywords you submit to the database are delivered to the search engines for
this purpose. Therefore, some thought should be given to choosing 8-10 words which summarize your research
and teaching activities.
Based on user-feedback, a number of additional features have been included in the new database, and they are briefly
summarized here, with the finer details regarding capabilities and limitations given in a later section.
Capabilities & Limitations:
- New Look: The new software maintains the same theme as the official NPS website in order to give a nearly
seamless transition for outside users navigating across the campus servers.
- Degrees: The old database only allowed for three degrees to be listed, and it was not possible to provide
any detail about the degrees. In the new version unlimited degrees can be included, and the subject can
be supplied as a separate field, removing some ambiguity. Additionally, if desired a larger field is available
for those who wish to include more detailed information, including, for example, thesis-title, advisors, and
thesis-abstract. The degree-subject and additional details are optional.
- Extended Fields: The old software limited the number and length of several of the items like Other Experience.
In the new version these fields are nearly unlimited. However, the goal is to keep the vitae rather compact,
printable on 1 or 2 pages. Therefore, for the fields: NPS Experience, Other Experience, Teaching Interests, Research Interests,
Awards, Boards and Publications there is now an extended field where additional information may be included.
For example, on the vita only a select 5 or 6 publications are shown, but in the extended field you may include your entire
publication list if desired.
Furthermore, in the extended fields you may now include sub-section headings. For example, you may break your publications into
groups for Books, Refereed Publications, Conference Papers, etc. As previously mentioned, these extended fields are
searchable, and will be indexed by the major search engines, so it is advisable to use these fields rather than links to
external documents whenever possible.
One of the purposes of this site is to provide information on each faculty member in a consistent format. This is easily accomplished
by using a script to generate the vitae. However, some requirements must be met to achieve this goal. Both the capabilities of the current
database, as well as the limitations and minimum requirements are outlined below.
- Title Block: This section is used to provide basic contact information, including name, title, mail-code, department
affiliation(s), phone, email and web-address. The last-name, title, mail-code, department affiliation(s)
and email are required. The title-block may also include a photo if desired. Photographs presented on the vitae are
forced to fit into a 200x200 pixel box, and may be in the GIF, JPG, or PNG formats. Images may be emailed to
Faculty Vitae Admin as an attachment. While Faculty Vitae Admin can perform some basic image cropping and resizing, to insure reasonable image
quality, the images you send should be at least 200x200 pixels, and should be in a standard image format - not a Word document
or PDF file.
- Education: As previously mentioned, unlimited degrees may now be included. For each degree you must provide a
degree-type, school-name and year. Note the degree-type should not make
reference to a specific field (eg. MSME). The field or subject of the degree can now be listed as an additional input, hopefully
removing some ambiguity. Lastly, if desired, additional information about a degree may be provided, such as a thesis title
and/or abstract. This additional field will not show up on the normal vita display, but rather will be accessible via a link.
The content will be searchable and indexable. Both the degree-subject and additional-detail fields are optional.
- Block Fields: As previously mentioned, all of the block-fields (NPS Experience, Other Experience, Teaching
Interests, Research Interests, Awards, Boards and Publications) are much less restrictive now. If no information
is provided in a field, it will not show up in the vita. If provided, a short version will be included in the vita, and if the
optional extended field is populated, a link will show up on the vita to access the additional information. As previously described,
sub-section headings are now possible for the extended fields. For example, look at the
extended publication list for Kevin Jones.
All of these block fields may include HTML markup tags, including text formatting and links to external documents. For example,
if your homepage includes downloadable copies of your publications, you can link the publication reference to the downloadable
file. Note, the hosting of the downloadable files is your responsibility, but the link can be included in the database. View the
extended publication list for Kevin Jones for an example.
- Keywords/Technologies: This section is used to list 8-10 words that summarize your research and teaching expertise. As
previously mentioned, these keywords are sent to the major search engines to help them index the database. You can also indicate
your DoD Key Technologies. These include:
If none of these apply, an Other field may be used
to include an additional key technology.
- Aerospace Propulsion and Power (1)
- Air Vehicles (2a)
- Space Vehicles (2b)
- Battlespace Environments (3)
- Biomedical (4)
- Chemical and Biological Defense (5)
- Clothing, Textiles and Food (6)
- Command, Control and Communications (7)
- Computing and Software (8)
- Conventional Weapons (9)
- Electronics (10)
- Electronic Warfare (11a)
- Directed Energy Weapons (11b)
- Environmental Quality (12a)
- Civil Engineering (12b)
- Human Systems Interface (13)
- Manpower, Personnel and Training (14)
- Materials, Processes and Structures (15)
- Sensors (16)
- Surface/Under Surface Vehicles - Ships and Watercraft (17a)
- Ground Vehicles (17b)
- Manufacturing Science and Technology (MS&T) (18)
- Modeling and Simulation (19)
These fields are limited to about 65k characters, including HTML markup tags.
The degree type is usually taken from the following list: A.A.S, A.D., AA, AB, ABD, AE, APR, AS, B. Tech, B.A., B.E., B.Eng., B.S., B.S.E., B.Sc.(Eng), B.Tech, BA, BBA, BBus(Mgt), BCE, BE, BEd, BEE, BEng, BFA, BS, BS/EE, BSBA, BSc, BSE, BSEE, BSJ, Certificate, DA, DBA, DEd, DEng, Dipl.Ing., Diploma, DLS, DPA, Dr. Sc., Dr. Tech. Sci., Dr. Thech. Sci, DSc, E.M.B.A., EAA, EdD, EE, Eng, Graduate, Graduate Certifi, Habilitation, J.P.M.E., JD, LL.M, M.A., M.B.A., M.Div., M.E., M.Eng., M.M.O.A.S., M.P.A., M.S., M.S. Candidate, M.S.E., M.S.M., M.Sc., MA, Master of Laws, Masters, MBA, MBA Candidate, MD, MDiv, ME, MEd, MEng, MIA, MIT, MMAS, MMOAS, MMS, MPA, MPH, MPhil, MPIA, MPP, MS, MS/EE, MSA, MSC, MSEE, MSSM, MSST, Naval Engineer, Naval Engineerin, P.D., P.G.C., PG.C., Ph.D., Ph.D./Sc.D, PhD, PhD EE, PhD/EE, PhD/ScD, Post-Doc Bridge, Post-Doctoral, Post-Doctoral Br, PostDoc, Professional Deg, S.B., S.B. & S.M., S.B. and S.M., S.M., SB, SB SM, ScD, SM, Systems Analysis, Systems Engineer and Th.M. Other degrees may be added to this list if required.