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Sen. Cramer speaks at UND’s National Security Fellowship Investiture Ceremony

A group photo with senator Kevin Cramer

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), joined University of North Dakota (UND) President Dr. Andrew Armacost to celebrate the establishment of the Mark and Claudia Thompson Endowed Faculty Fellowship in National Security. The investiture ceremony recognized the endowment’s first recipient, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Jeremiah Neubert.

During his time at UND, Dr. Neubert has conducted research in education, visually controlled robotics, vision systems, and artificial neural networks. The majority of his work has focused on Unpiloted Aerial Systems (UAS) performing tasks such as tracking objects with a gimbal system, documenting the building construction, automated inspections of infrastructure, and wind turbine inspection.

Philanthropists Mark and Claudia Thompson, owners of H.A. Thompson and Sons, a plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and mechanical contractor services company headquartered in Bismarck, created this gift to enable the university to attract and retain highly skilled professionals while maintaining a prominent place in the country’s national security efforts.

“Congratulations Dr. Jeremiah Neubert on being the first recipient of this prestigious endowment, and thank you Mark and Claudia Thompson for your incredible generosity. Whenever I think about how blessed I am to partner with UND, I am reminded how fortunate we are to have a leader like Andy Armacost as our president,” said Senator Cramer. “UND does incredible research which has contributed to the security of our nation, and to the security of free people around the world. When serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee, you get to advocate for things going on in your home state which have tremendous ramifications for the warfighter. Thank you General Armacost for letting me be a part of this celebration today. I look forward to continuing to work with UND to support our national security.”


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