NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- A mechanical engineer at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I., received the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Bronze Medal for 2011 Sept. 27.
The NDIA Bronze Medal is an annual award that recognizes outstanding individual achievements in science or engineering in the field of undersea warfare (USW). It was presented to Griffin at NDIA's annual USW symposium in New London, Conn.
Griffin, head of the Autonomous and Defensive Systems Department, leads a technical team of more than 240 employees who research, develop and transition technologies for torpedoes, autonomous undersea vehicles, and undersea defensive systems.
Griffin has worked at the center for more than 33 years. He manages science and technology efforts and weapon and vehicle analyses in support of NUWC's mission. Griffin leads the Department's various initiatives for the advancement of unmanned system technology, including participation in the Secretary of the Navy's Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research, which are designed to ensure the continued superiority of the Navy's USW capabilities.
A native and current resident of Little Compton, R.I., Griffin holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a master's in the same subject from the University of California, San Diego.
NUWC Newport is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC 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.
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