American Society of Naval Engineers to Honor Naval Sea Systems Command Employees

Story Number: NNS110204-03Release Date: 2/4/2011 9:00:00 AM
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From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Five Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) employees will be honored by the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) at ASNE Day 2011 to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., Feb. 10.

"NAVSEA engineers are the best in the world - often sought out for their expertise even outside of our organization," said NAVSEA Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Naval Systems Engineering, Rear Adm. Thomas Eccles. "The successes we have made over the past few years are directly related to the talented and resourceful people we have committed to a common goal. It's an honor to have our men and women recognized by ASNE, and I'm extremely proud of their achievements."

Jeffrey J. Hough, head, Future Concepts & Design Integration Process Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, will receive ASNE's highest honor, the Gold Medal award. The award has been presented annually since 1958, to an individual who has made a significant naval engineering contribution in a particular area during the past five years.

Hough was recognized for spearheading a renaissance in naval engineering, and advancing the Navy's technical capabilities in the science and art of naval ship design.

As director of the Navy's Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CIDS), Hough's leadership helped rebuild the Navy's ship design capabilities in terms of experienced design engineers, design processes and integrated design tools. His collaborative work between operators, researchers and design engineers resulted in a large body of research in terms of emerging technologies, new ship systems, advanced ship concepts, and innovative naval warfare concepts of operations.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport Division's Senior Technologist Dr. Robert M. Koch, P.E., will be presented the Solberg award. The Solberg, presented annually since 1967, is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to naval engineering through personal research during the past three years.

During the past three years, Koch, a researcher of advanced mathematical analysis of transient dynamic high-energy shock events and structural and hydro-acoustics noise propagation, has either invented or co-invented four significant technologies that will aid the fleet's mission.

In 2008, Koch co-invented both a distributed fluid injection system and ventilation system for quieting of supercavitating undersea vehicles. He invented the shape-control actuated nose shell for multiple speed undersea vehicles in March 2009, and, in July 2009, submitted an invention disclosure for a compact liquid carbon dioxide ventilation system for supercavitating undersea vehicles.

These scalable, structural acoustics technologies could be applied to quiet or silence unmanned underwater vehicles, torpedoes, or submarines.

Koch was recently selected as the U.S. Navy's chief research scientist in undersea tactical-scale vehicle silencing. This position allows him to provide technical consultation and leadership for developing and integrating technologies in tactical stealth systems for the future advancement of the nation's undersea warfare capabilities.

ASNE's Frank G. Law award will be presented to J. Carey Filling, NAVSEA Senior Ship Concept Manager for Surface Combatants. Initially presented in 1980, the Frank G. Law Award is given to an individual whose longtime dedication and service to ASNE is deemed worthy of special recognition.

Filling has served on the ASNE National Council, ASNE Day Executive Committee, ASNE Day exhibits committee, long-range planning committee, nominating committee, and the joint forensic panel. He has also served a two-year term on the ASNE National Council, has served on the ASNE exhibits committee for 17 years, and has held the position of Chairman for the last 14 years. Additionally, Filling has more than a dozen published works to his credit.

NUWC Newport facility manager Craig L. Flynn will receive ASNE's Frank C. Jones Award for major achievements in maintenance and alteration. The award is named for Rear Adm. Frank C. Jones, a past president of ASNE.

Flynn, a facility manager for the Submarine High Data Rate (SubHDR) National Maintenance Center (NMC), is responsible for test, repair, maintenance, and overhaul of electrical and mechanical systems, units, assemblies, and components of the SubHDR Satellite Communications system.

The SubHDR NMC is the single-point depot for all maintenance, repairs and upgrades for more than 100 systems, and has become a model for submarine depot-level repair.

Under Flynn's supervision, the facility increased the percentage of masts that pass pre-installation, first-time testing, and improved responsiveness to fleet needs by increasing the yearly operational availability of the SubHDR Mast Group.

Monique M. Kadmiri, deputy chief engineer for surface ships, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, will receive the ASNE Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award. The Rosenblatt Young Naval Engineer Award, presented to two engineers annually, is presented to a person under 35 years of age who has demonstrated remarkable, early professional achievement in one or more areas of naval engineering, as evidenced by superior innovation and insight and/or outstanding technical leadership.

Kadmiri joined NAVSEA through the enterprise's Acquisition Intern Program, and, in less than 10 years, has progressed to working on multiple ship classes in various lifecycle stages all over the country. She is receiving the Rosenblatt award for her outstanding work performance as well as for demonstrating exceptional leadership, communication abilities, and systems engineering expertise.

NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, will give the keynote speech at 9 a.m., Feb. 11, and NAVSEA Executive Director Brian Persons will speak at the student breakfast at 7 a.m., Feb. 10.

Other NAVSEA leadership and employees will participate in panel participation and brief technical presentations at the event. Additional schedule information on the event can be found online at

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