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Justin Sherman, M.S., Lieutenant, USCG

Operation Research and Data Analytics, Instructor/RMF Department of Mathematics
LT Justin Sherman

LT Sherman is from Columbus, OH and is a 2015 graduate from the US Coast Guard Academy. He reported to the Math Department in July 2022. LT Sherman has served on 3 ships with 5 years of sea time: USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC 720) in Hawaii; USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85) in Yokosuka, Japan; and served as Commanding Officer of USCGC ADAK (WPB 1333) in Bahrain (PATFORSWA). His military honors include Navy and Coast Guard Achievement Medals and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He received his Masters of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Data Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and has done significant work applying machine learning (ML) methods to search and rescue datasets. Of note, he presented his work on Machine Learning-Based Priority Scoring for Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) at the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium in 2022 and at the World Maritime Rescue Congress, Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2023. His interests in data science include natural language processing methods, ML model comparison testing, and boosting.

His other interests outside of work include running, photography, and landscaping at his home in Gales Ferry.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Computer Analysis, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • Masters of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Data Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2022
  • US Navy Damage Control Assistant and Navigator Schools

Courses Taught

  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Computer Modeling Languages (Python)
  • Selected Topics: Natural Language Processing
  • Operations Analysis Capstone

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Machine Learning-Based Priority Scoring for Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT)”, Military Operations Research Society (MORS) Symposium 2022.

Honors

  • US Navy Meritorious Service Medal
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Contact Information

Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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