Ten Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport employees — two individuals and eight members of three teams — have won the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers for the Year 2017 Award.

Employees won in the following categories:

Dr. Jesse Belden, a research scientist in the Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles, and Defensive Systems Department, received the Emergent Scientist Investigator Award. Belden of Barrington, R.I., specializes in projectile water impact, fluid-structure interaction, multiphase flow physics, 3-D and novel imaging, experimental methods for fluid flows and novel sensors. Belden is currently working on several projects that will have great benefit to the Navy in the areas of collective behavior, biofouling prevention, air-water interface and gas-water interface. In addition, Belden has been an outstanding mentor to high school and graduate students through his support of the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program and the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program.

Dr. David F. Rivera, of the Undersea Warfare Electromagnetic Systems Department, received the Individual Engineer Award. Rivera, of Westerly, R.I., is being recognized for his many novel contributions to the development of antennas for submarines and other volume-constrained platforms. Among his innovative achievements over his 30-year career, he developed a novel class of antennas, one of which can be adapted to small sea-going platforms such as unmanned undersea vehicles. In the realm of electrical insulating and composite materials development, Rivera has investigated a new concept in insulator composites that may be applicable to antennas and other types of electromagnetic sensors. In recent years, Rivera has worked tirelessly to establish what is believed to be the Navy’s first electromagnetics materials measurement laboratory.

This year, NUWC Newport had eight personnel on three winning teams:

The NUWC Newport Topside Team rapidly prototyped and demonstrated the Topside Command and Control software as a segment of the Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Offset Project Team. This project responded to urgent combatant commander requirements for additional maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. This effort yielded the Navy’s first large-scale deployable systems prototype and included the use of NUWC Newport’s Topside as its tactical command, control, and communications architecture. NUWC Newport team members include: Peter Bodycoat, of Newport, R.I., from the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department; Dan Savaria, of Westport, Mass., and Patrick Ryll, of Tiverton, R.I., both of the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems

Department; and Zachary Sawyer of North Kingstown, R.I., and Keith Wichowski, of Portsmouth, R.I., both of the Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles, and Defensive Systems Department.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic Integration & Interoperability (I&I) Team garnered recognition for leading the incorporation and assessment of information warfare capabilities in fleet-prioritized surface warfare and mine warfare effects chains. Their work identified mission-critical gaps and system of system solutions across doctrine, organization, training, logistics, material, personnel and facilities. The team is leading the Naval Research and Development Establishment efforts supporting the OPNAV N2N6 undersea prototype, employing advanced model-based system engineering concepts to decompose Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare requirements and drive digital solution concepts. Richard Medley, of Portsmouth, R.I. an engineer in the Undersea Warfare Mission Engineering and Analysis Department, contributed to the success of the SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic I&I Team.

The Office of Naval Research Innovative Naval Prototype, Nemesis Engineering Leadership Team, achieved a first for the Navy through the demonstration of synchronized Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare effects at sea. The team led the development of an interoperable architecture and systems of systems implementation. The team also served as the lead systems integrator/design agent for a development team comprised of industry, academia and government partners. As a result of these efforts, the Interoperable Application Framework provides interoperability and modularity to address open system architecture issues. Two NUWC Newport team members from the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department were key to the team’s winning efforts: James Gannon of Coventry, R.I., and Joseph Muhitch of Exeter, R.I.

Award winners were honored at a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on June 29.

To read about Dr. Delores Etter and her distinguished career, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delores_M._Etter.

NUWC Division Newport, part of NAVSEA, is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Division Newport’s mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures. NUWC’s other division is located in Keyport, Wash.

Photo: Richard Medley was part of the award-winning Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic Integration & Interoperability (I&I) Team.

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