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NEWS | Sept. 9, 2021

NUWC Division Keyport observes Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

By Lonnie Collier Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport

In honor of  Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, NUWC Division Keyport acknowledges Jessica Bean, Obsolescence Management logistics management specialist.

Bean, a former U.S. Navy journalist from 1999 to 2005, has been a Department of the Navy civilian for the last four years.

“I enjoyed being (on) active duty so much,” said the Los Angeles native. “Working at Keyport was an opportunity to come back to work for the Navy. I knew I could apply the skills of being a project manager for government contractors in the commercial world, and a program manager at the Internal Revenue Service to (Naval Sea Systems Command).”

She received her undergraduate degree in Business Analytics and Economics before earning a Master’s Degree in Data Science from Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

As a logistics management specialist in Obsolescence Management, the former Nittany Lion is a system lead and business analyst working on predictive analytics and autonomous business processes and research.

This effort improves her branch’s decision-making capabilities for Undersea In-Service Engineering products and services.

“I try to remember and embrace my Hispanic heritage in all I do,” Bean said. “After all, this is a culture, a people, my ancestors. We all have culture no matter where or when we come from. These 30 days in September and October give us an opportunity to learn and remember the beauty and history of the many cultures that encompass Hispanic heritage. One of my favorite aspects of my Hispanic culture is the surrealism of the vibrant colors.”

Bean is an excellent employee according to Stephen Els, Obsolescence Management branch head.

“Jessica continuously seeks opportunities to implement new and enhanced obsolescence management capabilities that leverage leading edge research project output, significantly benefiting the efforts across the Obsolescence Management Division,” he said. “She’s an ambassador within the command and the local community, serving as a Keyport Circle lead, and mentoring Naval STEM student interns through the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program.”

Bean is mother to Carter, 19, Nevaeh, 16, and Selah, who is eight years old.

NUWC Keyport provides technical leadership, engineering expertise, and unique facility complexes that serve to ensure sustainment of undersea warfare superiority for the United States. As one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport’s mission is focused on developing and applying advanced technical capabilities to test, evaluate, field, and maintain undersea warfare systems and related defense assets. These advanced technical capabilities directly support the full spectrum of Navy undersea programs.