This talk by LCDR AJ Franz, USN, executive officer, USS HAMPTON (SSN 767), is part of the Physics Colloquium Series.
ABSTRACT: The United States Navy has used nuclear physics since 1954 to maximize the endurance and stealth of the submarine force. This presentation will cover the basic nuclear physics and power plant systems that enable us to harness the energy from fission for commercial and military use, the history of the nuclear submarine force, current submarine force structure and capabilities, and the career progression for a nuclear trained submarine officer.
BIOGRAPHY: LCDR AJ Franz graduated from Kenyon College in 2004 with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He is married to Erin (Born) Franz, Kenyon College class of ‘06, and together they reside with their three children in San Diego, California. LCDR Franz’s sea tours include Assistant Weapons Officer on USS OHIO BLUE (SSGN 726), Engineer Officer on USS TUCSON (SSN 770), Engineer Officer on USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699), and Executive Officer on USS HAMPTON (SSN 767). His shore assignments include 16th Company Officer at the US Naval Academy and Engineer Officer on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron ELEVEN. He earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Education, and Development from the University of Maryland and completed Joint Professional Military Education through the Naval War College.
All talks begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Friday, September 28 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Hayes Hall, 211/213
201 North College Road, Gambier, OH 43022