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Dr. Marty Irvine
Technical Operations Manager, Combat Direction Systems Activity - Dam Neck

In June 2014, Dr. Marty Irvine was selected as the Head of the Readiness & Training Systems Department of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, located at Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, Va. Dr. Irvine leads a $555M organization of more than 580 personnel supporting U.S. Navy combat systems fielding & sustainment, integrated training systems development and sustainment, platform and systems cybersecurity, and systems safety engineering.Prior to this assignment, Dr. Irvine held two ONR Science Advisor positions, most recently to the Commander Submarine Forces and before that to Commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. In these roles, his efforts focused on finding science and technology solutions to undersea and expeditionary warfighter needs including underwater communications, advanced torpedo technologies, maritime unmanned systems, advanced diving  technologies, mine warfare and special operations capabilities.

Prior to his selection as a Science Advisor, Dr. Irvine served as the Division Head for Naval Architecture & Engineering in the Ship Systems Integration and Design Department at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in West Bethesda, Md., leading an organization of more than 70 personnel who support U.S. Navy ship and submarine design and acquisition from cradle to grave. Dr. Irvine began his career with the Navy in 1997 at NSWCCD in the Marine and Aviation Division of the Hydromechanics Department. As a junior engineer, he designed, tested and conducted sea trials for various towed systems. In 2000, Dr. Irvine was competitively selected to pursue doctoral studies in ship hydrodynamics at The University of Iowa. His dissertation focused on Particle Image Velocimetry flowfield measurements for roll motions of surface combatants, to understand ship capsizing. From 2000 to 2004 at The University of Iowa, he studied ship wakes and surface piercing hydrofoil flowfields; developed standard uncertainty analysis procedures for the International Towing Tank Conference and supported computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code validation.

From 2004 to 2006 at NSWCCD, Dr. Irvine led and supported seakeeping and maneuvering model testing to evaluate ship dynamic stability, develop safe operating envelopes, and validate seakeeping CFD codes for ONR X-Craft/Sea Fighter, DDG-1000, and DDG-51/79 programs. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Irvine served as research faculty at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University. His research studied the fluid dynamics of rudder cavitation damage, high-speed supercavitating underwater vehicles, contaminant dispersion, and development of optical shear stress sensors for full-scale submarine boundary layer measurements. Dr. Irvine was a member of the Civil Engineering Department Graduate Faculty.From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Irvine assumed the role as test director and project manager at NSWCCD Combatant Craft Division in Norfolk, Va., where he led testing of novel craft such as the Wave Adaptive Marine-Vehicle Proteus, and sea trials for towed vehicles. While there, he developed CFD codes for high-speed small craft including combatant craft, Ship-to-Shore Connector and other advanced concepts.

In 2009, Dr. Irvine returned to NSWCCD as a subject matter expert for ship hydrodynamics and experimentation. He led efforts for the ONR High Speed Sea Lift challenge, testing a 55-foot, 1/20th scale model, the longest model ever tested at the David Taylor Model Basin at NSWCCD. The testing program yielded five international and national conference papers. For the Small-to-Large-Vessel-at-sea-Transfer seabasing program, he provided on-site guidance and direction for model testing at NSWCCD and Maritime Research Institute Netherlands and full-scale at-sea demonstrations. Dr. Irvine has a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa, as well as a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech. He holds DAWIA certifications in four career fields and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. In April 2014, Dr. Irvine was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his work with the Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.