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NEWS | May 8, 2024

NUWC Division Newport digital engineering lead earns DON Superior Civilian Service Award

By NUWC Division Newport Public Affairs

David Toth, digital engineering lead, in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport’s Chief Engineer Office, has earned the Department of the Navy (DON) Superior Civilian Service Award, the second highest honorary civilian award bestowed by the U.S. Navy. 

The award recognizes Toth’s many significant achievements from January 2019 to the present, not only as NUWC Division Newport’s digital engineering lead, but also as the model-based systems engineering (MBSE) lead for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the U.S. Navy’s mission engineering representative to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

“In a nearly four-decade Navy career aiding the warfighter at NUWC Division Newport, Toth has been an innovative thinker with an eye toward future capabilities and processes,” the award states.

Toth, a resident of Westport, Massachusetts, was part of a team of mission engineers across the Navy enterprise that started the process of setting policies and guidance for the digital transformation and the implementation of MBSE for Navy projects. Realizing this was the direction for the Department of Defense (DOD), Toth developed a comprehensive digital strategy at Division Newport that included workforce training and mentorship. Since the implementation of MBSE at the command in 2019, 15 projects have used this method under his leadership to stay on the cutting-edge of technology. Through his initiative and these efforts, Toth helped realize digital engineering as the future of the DOD.

“Toth has set a high bar for the Navy’s digital transformation of systems engineering and mission engineering,” the award states. “In recent years he has put his vision into action and applied his expertise in MBSE to ensure that Division Newport engineers remain at the forefront of innovation. His efforts have had a profound impact and will continue to influence programs for generations to come.”

Toth will receive the award at a command event this summer.

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- https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NUWC-Newport/Career-Opportunities/  and follow us on LinkedIn @NUWC-Newport and on Facebook @NUWCNewport.