NEWPORT, RI --
The Department of the Navy recognized 17 of its top
contributors to basic and applied science and engineering from around the
country June 22. This group included Dr. Kimberly Cipolla and Mr. Stephen
Greineder from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Newport.
In a Pentagon ceremony, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for
Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA) Sean J. Stackley joined the
former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and
Acquisition Dr. Delores M. Etter in recognizing naval teams, individual
scientists and engineers for their achievement, professionalism and technical
excellence for the year 2015. The award recipients are part of the 36,000
professionals in the Department of the Navy's science and engineering
"They are critical links in the long unbroken chain of
technical giants who have dedicated their talents to ensure that our Navy and
Marine Corps is the most capable fighting force in the world," said
Stackley. "These are game changing
technologies and developments, which today's award winners have brought forward
to ensure that the next generation of Sailors and Marines will have that same
technology advantage on the battlefield that today's generation commands."
Cipolla, who lives in Portsmouth, R.I., led a team of researchers
to develop a first ever thin-line vector sensor towed array. Her contributions
across towed array basic and applied research are a strategic key to programs
that form the basis for a physics-based understanding of the signal response
and self-noise characteristics of vector sensors and conventional hydrophones. She has been a member of the NUWC team since
1996 and currently works as deputy chief technology officer. Cipolla holds a
Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University
in Lewisburg, Pa., and both a Master of Science and a doctorate in mechanical
engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Greineder, of East Greenwich, R.I., was instrumental in
establishing a new capability and mission area supporting Information
Dominance, Cybersecurity, and Maritime Domain Awareness related to the
protection of critical infrastructure. These capabilities affect numerous
national security and Department of Defense mission systems to including the
Navy's Integrated Undersea Surveillance System, Undersea Warfare sonar and
combat systems, and distributed undersea systems. He is also a member of the
Chief Technology Office and has worked at NUWC since 1978. He holds both a Bachelor
and Master of Science from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
The annual science and
engineering awards program, named for Etter, was established in 2006 to
recognize the excellence of the Department of the Navy's highest performing
scientists and engineers who have made significant contributions in their
fields, to the Department and to Sailors, Marines and the future Fleet.
Recipients are nominated by their respective commands and evaluated based upon
the technical or scientific merit and the operational impact of the individual
or team's accomplishment.
Division Newport, part of the Naval Sea System Command, 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.