PHILADELPHIA -Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NAVSSES) chemical engineer Tim Schiavoni received the Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service at a ceremony May 19 at Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasure Systems (JPM-MCS) headquarters in Fort Detrick, Maryland.
Schiavoni, with Damage Control, Recoverability, and Chemical Bio Defense Branch at NAVSSES in Philadelphia, earned the recognition for his ongoing support of two JPM-MCS programs - the Advanced Development and Manufacturing (ADM) Facility Program and the Bioscavenger Vaccine Manufacturing Program. This award is equivalent to the Army Commendation Medal and is the fourth highest honor the Army gives for civilian service.
"Really, I just feel like I'm doing my job," said Schiavoni, who holds a bachelor's degree from Drexel University and master's from Villanova University in chemical engineering. "But, it is quite an honor to be recognized for the work I've put into these two projects."
Schiavoni is part of a team overseeing the construction and start-up of the ADM facility in Gainesville, Florida. He spends one week a month onsite monitoring the facility's establishment and compliance with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulations for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Once completed, this facility will produce vaccines and drug therapies to counteract the effects of chemical and biological warfare agents.
"This facility will enable the DoD to produce the vaccines in-house and get them to our warfighters much quicker," said Schiavoni who joined the Carderock Division team in 2009.
Schiavoni has provided in-depth reviews of detailed process and instrumentation diagrams for the ADM facility's utilities and equipment. He recently participated in an ADM review board where he identified the manufacturing equipment necessary to produce vaccines at the new ADM facility to counteract weaponized Ricin and Botulism toxins.
The second part of Schiavoni's role with JPM-MCS, a division of DoD's Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), is working with the Bioscavenger Vaccine Manufacturing Program. The mission of this program is to develop vaccines for service members to counteract the effects of nerve agents like Sarin gas and VX gas. The vaccines Schiavoni helps to create will ultimately prevent incapacitation and death from exposure to a broad spectrum of nerve agents.
Schiavoni worked on improving gas masks and other chemical and biological defense protective equipment for the Navy before beginning his work with JPM-MCS in July 2012. Prior to joining the Carderock Division in Philadelphia he worked in the private sector for 12 years as an engineer designing and implementing automation systems for biopharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and as engineering support for pharmaceutical clean-room facilities and equipment operation for the production of sterile-injectable drugs. Schiavoni is level II certified in Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE).
The Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia is a major component of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. It is the Navy's principal test and evaluation station and in-service engineering agent for all hull, mechanical and electrical ship systems and equipment and has the capability to test and engineer the full range of shipboard systems and equipment from full-scale propulsion systems to digital controls and electric power systems.