Kara Dowling is a senior from Spartanburg, South Carolina concentrating in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and pursuing a certificate in Applications of Computing. She is a 1/C Midshipman in Princeton’s crosstown Navy ROTC program with Rutgers University. In addition to completing her 1/C Navy Summer Training (Cruise), Kara spent last summer working on her independent research sequential decision missile problem with the help of her advisor from Princeton and the Naval Postgraduate School. She spent previous summers interning as a student teacher in Cambodia and as a DoD sponsored scholar immersed in Chinese language and culture in Beijing, China. Outside of the classroom, Kara enjoys Club Swimming, volunteering with Princeton Special Olympics Swimming, and serving as a Princeton Orientation leader. Upon graduation, Kara plans on commissioning as a U.S. Navy Ensign.