Nadia M. Herron is a native of New Orleans, LA and moved to Mobile, AL in 2010. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and received her Masters in Engineering with a concentration in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 2003.
Her career as an engineer with the Navy began with Technology Management Analysis Corp. (TMA) on the LPD-17 Class Program at Avondale, LA. She quickly moved to the ranks of civil service in July 2001 through the NAVSEA Intern Program hosted by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SUPSHIP), Conversion and Repair, USN, New Orleans, LA. While working as an engineer at SUPSHIP from July 2001 through April 2006, Nadia served as the HM&E Distributive Systems Area Coordinator on the LPD-17 Class Test Team. In April 2006, Nadia was promoted to the position of Test and Evaluation (T&E) Director on the USCG National Security Cutter (NSC) program. She was selected to be the lead Mechanical Engineer and Damage Control Branch Head in the Mechanical Engineering Division of the Engineering Department in 2007. Her experiences during this period included the LPD-17 Class, DDG-51 Class, LHD-8 and LHA-6, LCS-1 Class, TAGM-25, and YP-703 Class programs. In December 2010, Nadia transitioned out of the Engineering department and began working in the LPD-17 Project Office as the Deputy Test Director. While in this position, Nadia was responsible for successfully leading and executing 21 major sea trials in four geographical locations, Avondale, LA, Pascagoula, MS, San Diego, CA, and Norfolk, VA on LPD-21 through LPD-25.
In May 2014, Nadia was selected as the LPD-17 Class Deputy Program Manager’s Representative (PMR) and supported two different PMR’s in the construction and delivery of LPD-26 and LPD-27 to the Fleet. During that time, in 2015, Nadia took a three-month experiential rotational assignment as the Quality Assurance Surveillance Division Manager in the Quality Assurance Department, overseeing HII, Austal, and Textron projects. In December 2017, Nadia fleeted up as the LPD-17 Class Program Manager’s Representative (PMR), responsible for overseeing LPD-28 and LPD-29.
In her new role as the Executive Director at SUPSHIP Gulf Coast, in Pascagoula, MS, Nadia will be responsible for leading daily business operations for a command comprised of over 400 civilians at shipyards across the Gulf Coast. During her 17-year civil service career, Nadia has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal, NAVSEA Team Excellence Award, LPD-17 Class Gator Award, and numerous other commendations.