Two Naval Sea Systems Command Engineers Take Top Honors at the Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards

Story Number: NNS120314-12Release Date: 3/14/2012 9:08:00 PM
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By Ensign Amber Lynn Daniel, Diversity and Inclusion Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Two Naval Sea Systems Command engineers received awards March 3 at the 2012 Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards hosted in Albuquerque, N.M.

Allen G. Lim, principle assistant program manager for Mission Systems at Naval Sea Systems Command, and Jae-Yoo Ko, deputy assistant program manager for Construction at Naval Sea Systems Command, were among fifteen people recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of engineering.

Ko was honored for his sustained leadership and programmatic contributions in the design, development and delivery of superior warfighting capabilities for the U.S. nuclear attack submarine force of the future. His citation of accomplishment noted that he is considered a subject matter expert in the test, certification and construction of U.S. Navy nuclear submarines.

Lim was honored for his employment of rigorous system and test and evaluation engineering principles to provide the nation with cutting edge undersea systems.

"It's quite an honor. I'm still trying to get over the shock of it," said Lim. "It's been very humbling and I'm quite honored to even be considered amongst the other people who have received this award."

Born in Manila, Philippines, Lim arrived in the U.S. at the age of seven and became a naturalized citizen at 12. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1984. He currently serves as the principle assistant program manager for the Mission Systems Program Office, responsible for the acquisition and life cycle management of classified research and developement systems.

Both awards were presented by Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Rear Adm. David Duryea and Rear Adm. Sean Crean were also in attendance.

After the award ceremony, Lim offered advice with prospective students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

"If you have a talent in this field, pursue it with all of your heart, because there are certainly very exciting applications for the talents that they can hone and foster towards neat stuff," said Lim.

The best part of his current job, said Lim, is his ability to mentor the next generation of young engineers.

"Hopefully, they will be able to take my experience and knowledge and run with it, and take over for me one day," said Lim.

The two-day event also included a pre-award dinner hosted at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, technical tour to Sandia National Laboratories, cultural tour and lunch, and a seminar and exhibition session. During the pre-award dinner guests were given the opportunity to try their hand at hot air balloon flight with a balloon simulator, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the museum's collection of balloons and balloon-related memorabilia.

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