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DON recognizes two NUWC engineers with Dr. Delores M. Etter Awards

By Tracy Warila, Public Affairs Officer | June 24, 2016

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 community.


"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.

NUWC 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.


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