Local Engineer Wins Modern Day Technology Leader Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             February 22, 2012
Release #0712                                 Point of Contact--David Sanders, 832-3611

David Rhodes, of East Providence, R.I., a software engineer in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, was recently named a winner of the Modern Day Technology Leader Award. He received his award on February 17, 2012, at the Modern Day Technology Leaders Luncheon during the Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

This award, sponsored by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, pays tribute to men and women who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology.

Rhodes has worked at NUWC since 2002 and is recognized as a technical expert in the area of submarine combat systems.  He serves as a member of the system integration team for the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-off-the-shelf Insertion (ARCI) Program in support of all submarine platforms.  His efforts include identifying and investigating interface problems, developing fixes, performing risk assessments, and verifying and validating fixes. 

Rhodes earned his bachelor of science in computer science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and received his master of science in engineering systems from the Naval Postgraduate School. 

Winners of the Modern Day Technology Award are selected by a panel of professionals from the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.

NUWC Division Newport is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Division Newport’s mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures. NUWC’s other division is located in Keyport, Wash.