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NEWS | June 29, 2023

NUWC Division Newport engineer wins 2023 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists, Engineers Award

By NUWC Division Newport Public Affairs

Alice Henry (Pelletier), a systems engineer in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s Undersea Warfare Electromagnetic Systems Department, recently won the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) Research, Development and Acquisition (RD&A) Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers for the Year 2023 award, as a member the Electronic Warfare Adaptive Training (EWAT) team. 

This prestigious Navy award recognizes technical superiority, innovation, technical merit, operational impact, and applicability to ASN RD&A priorities. The team won in the Teams Collaborating Across Naval Research and Development Establishment category, and it is the fourth consecutive year that Division Newport has had a winner in this award program. 

The five-person EWAT team, developed and successfully integrated the EW Adaptive Trainer (EWAT) service into the program of record BLQ-10 tactical system to provide an on-board training system for submarine EW operators. EWAT provides a first of its kind on-board training capability for submarine EW operators. With more highly trained operators in the fleet who can manage increasingly complex radio frequency environments, the Navy will be able to maintain its maritime superiority and decisive edge.

Henry, a resident of Tiverton, Rhode Island, led the system engineering and software architect responsibilities for EWAT. She was responsible for taking the current AN/BLQ-10 publish/subscribe software architecture and adding the client/server-based EWAT capability. As systems engineer, she developed system-level requirements, design, and test criteria to ensure the EWAT capabilities were seamlessly integrated into the existing operator interface in order to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy Sailor.

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division computer and research scientists Marc-Andre M. Prince, Dr. Wendi L. Van Buskirk, Dr. Jason E. Hochreiter and Dr. Bradford L. Schroeder joined forces with Henry, which resulted in this successful high-performance teaming effort.

All ASN Etter Award winners were recognized at an awards ceremony held on June 15 at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. A story on that ceremony is posted here.

NUWC Newport is the oldest warfare center in the country, tracing its heritage to the Naval Torpedo Station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. Commanded by Capt. Chad Hennings, NUWC Newport maintains major detachments in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as test facilities at Seneca Lake and Fisher's Island, New York, Leesburg, Florida, and Dodge Pond, Connecticut.

Join our team! NUWC Division Newport, one of the 20 largest employers in Rhode Island, employs a diverse, highly trained, educated, and skilled workforce. We are continuously looking for engineers, scientists, and other STEM professionals, as well as talented business, finance, logistics and other support experts who wish to be at the forefront of undersea research and development. Please connect with NUWC Division Newport Recruiting at this site- and follow us on LinkedIn @NUWC-Newport and on Facebook @NUWCNewport.