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ORCA Senior Projects

Senior Projects

Operations Research and Data Analytics

All students majoring in ORDA complete a project-oriented capstone course during the spring semester of their 1st class (senior) year. It is an opportunity for the students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom during their major study.

Students work as part of a team on projects submitted by various Coast Guard units. The students work closely with their project sponsors and capstone advisors to carefully define the operational problem and use appropriate statistical, operations research and computer techniques to offer a mathematically supported solution.

Through the years, student capstone projects have greatly benefited the Coast Guard as a whole, providing viable solutions to problems encountered across the fleet.

Recent Projects

Recent cadet projects as part of the capstone experience include:

  • “Arctic Maritime Resource Frontier Risk and Capacity Evaluation”
  • “District Seven Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Homeport Analysis”
  • “Error Analysis of Enlisted Workforce Forecasting Methods”
  • “International Ice Patrol: A Probability Map to Minimize Risk for Mariners”
  • “Optimization of External Bulk Item Heavy Weather Storage Plans at the Aircraft, Repair and Supply Center”
  • “Optimization of Recruiting Personnel Distribution”
  • “Predicting the Effect of Prevention Activities on SAR Demand”
  • “Predictive Statistical Models for Law Enforcement Program Management and Budgeting”
  • “Ready for Issue Inventory Analysis”
  • “Search and Rescue Performance Analysis”
  • “Seasonality in the Transfer Cycle of the Enlisted Workforce”
  • “Sector Boston Inspection Schedule Optimization”
  • “USCG Active Duty Officer Promotion Flow Analysis”
  • “West African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Assessment”
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