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NEWS | July 21, 2019

Panama City scientist awarded for professional achievement

By Katherine Mapp NSWC PCD Public Affairs

Nicole McWilliams Granville, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) scientist, was recently selected to receive the National Women of Color Technology Award in the Professional Achievement category.

“I was very humbled that I was considered for such an award,” said Granville. “I credit any success I’ve had in my career to a God-given drive, great mentors, and an incredible team that certainly makes my job easier.”

This award recognizes a mid-career professional (approximately 10 to 22 years in the workforce) with significant accomplishments in an engineering or technology industry, or government agency. The nominee’s academic qualifications are of less relevance than the impact of her achievements as a leader and role model.

Capt. Aaron Peters, NSWC PCD commanding officer, said he commends Granville for “both her efforts in meeting the professional challenges of successfully managing the complex SeaFox project, and for her exemplary leadership skills as a mentor and a role model.”

“Nicole always willingly and enthusiastically puts in extra time towards whatever is needed to satisfy local or program office needs and tasking. This level of dedication is inspirational to her team who willingly matches her high standards,” said Peters. “Nicole sets herself apart as a leader in her ability to maintain a friendly, yet professional, demeanor that facilitates hard work and enjoyment while conducting daily activities.”

Peters added that Granville’s uplifting attitude, along with her exceptional communication skills, has been key to integrating her technical teams into tightly knit units.

Granville is enthusiastic to receive this award.

“I can say that I’m very grateful to be nominated by Lisa Tindell, former NSWC PCD Deputy Technical Director for Operations,” said Granville. “Mostly, I’m excited to meet all of the other women who were award winners in their respective categories and celebrate their STEM achievements as well.”

Granville will receive her award October 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.