Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman, Visits Camp!

Lectures at camp are always given by accomplished individuals, but today, Wes Bush — President, CEO, and Chairman of the Northrop Grumman Corporation — graced camp with his presence. Northrop Grumman employs 68,000 people worldwide and was ranked 72 on the 2011 fortune 500 list. Mr. Bush delivered this afternoon lecture, giving an overview on his company and sharing his secrets of success with the delegates. He highlighted the James Webb Space Telescope, a machine dramatically more powerful than the Hubble and scheduled for launch in 2018. Mr. Bush also lectured on the capabilities of robotic airplanes, in which Northrop Grunman was able to launch and land on a aircraft carrier with a robot-controlled plane.

Stephen Chen from West Virginia introducing Wes Bush.
Stephen Chen from West Virginia introducing Wes Bush.

Delegates are also engaged in their last block of directed studies:

Design Thinking and Mobile Apps: prototyping and user-testing a mobile application with Ms. Emily Holmes
Introduction to Failure Analysis with Dr. Mac Louthan
Block Printing with Mr. Jordan Perry
Effective Leadership and Dynamic Followership with Mrs. Kristen Sanfilippo
Part 1: The Geometric Concept of a Number and the Quantum Mechanics of Spin with Dr. Garret Sobczyk
Compose Yourself: Music Theory Basics through Composition with Ms. Ashton Nicewonger
Solvent Free Microwave Extraction of Essential Oils from Plants with Dr. David Hackleman
The Great Outdoors: Hiking, Biking, and Climbing with NYSC Outdoor Staph
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Kevin from California during the Introduction to Failure Analysis directed study.

The day ended with a lecture by Dr. Mac Louthan titled: “Why Stuff Falls Apart.” This motivational lecture discussed the six fundamental causes of failure in large engineered systems: deficiency in design, improper materials selection, defects in materials, improper processing, errors in assembly, and improper service.

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Free time!