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Two Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport Division employees, Dr. David Rivera and Julie White, each won the 2022 National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Bronze Medal, an annual award that recognizes outstanding individual achievement in science or engineering in the field of submarine warfare.

Rivera, a resident of Westerly, Rhode Island, is a “highly valued technical leader” within the Advanced Electromagnetic Development Branch of the USW Electromagnetic Systems Department, has distinguished himself in the field of applied electromagnetics to miniaturized antennas and related systems, the price states.

It has obtained 18 patents and met the requirements of the navy, such as stealth, working efficiency and function.

“Rivera’s work has allowed solid antenna structures to have specific surface regions removed while maintaining optimal operation, dramatically reducing the size of the antenna and its variants,” Price says.

White, a resident of Middletown, Rhode Island, is the director of engineering for the sensor and sonar systems department. White serves as the front line supervisor for the Chief Engineers and Chief Analyst. Over her 33-year career, she has “built a reputation as a professional and distinguished technical leader,” the award says.

White is a nationally recognized expert in all aspects of underwater sonar development and employment and has been instrumental in the development of the underwater sonar suites for the submarine classes USS Seawolf (SSN 21), USS Virginia (SSN 774), and USS Columbia (SSBN 826).

“The results of his technical efforts contributed significantly to the preparation of the fighters,” Price says.

White and Rivera will receive the NDIA Bronze Medal Sept. 27 at the USW 2022 Joint Fall Technology Conference, to be held Sept. 26-28 at U.S. Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

NUWC Newport is the nation’s oldest warfare center, tracing its heritage to the naval torpedo station established on Goat Island in Newport Harbor in 1869. Commanded by Captain Chad Hennings, NUWC Newport maintains significant detachments in West Palm Beach, Florida and Andros Island in the Bahamas, as well as testing facilities in Seneca Lake and Fisher’s Island, New York, Leesburg, Florida and Dodge Pond, Connecticut.

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