Two Newport NUWC Division Engineers Win Meritorious Civilian Service Awards from Department of the Navy > Naval Sea Systems Command > Recorded News Module


Gary Huntress, Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) Expert with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport Undersea Warfare Platforms and Payload Integration Department, and retired employee John DiMaio, Engineer/Architect of Project and Design at the Corporate Operations Department, recently won the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the third highest honorary civilian award given by the US Navy.

Huntress, an electrical engineer and resident of Swansea, Massachusetts, has been recognized for advancing AI/ML as a leader in collaboration, discussion, and education at Newport’s NUWC division and beyond. of the.

“He regularly provides technical expertise and guidance to Newport division leaders for AI/ML infrastructure and internal science and technology investments, and his recommendations have resulted in over $1 million in purchases for ML progress,” the price says. “Huntress is a founding member and lead facilitator of the Newport Division AI/ML Community of Interest and has worked diligently on initiatives to advance AI/ML skills.”

As an integrator of the Jai Alai team, Huntress successfully developed a new architecture using augmented data to provide enhanced acoustic capabilities, and was responsible for producing integrated models that multiply model efficiency. previously isolated.

As an integral member of the team supporting Project Harbinger (sponsored by the Undersea Warfighting Development Center in Groton, Connecticut), Huntress was honored for her “efforts and expertise in cloud administration, data and database administration were instrumental in delivering a key capability for the fleet on time, as a vessel’s schedule was linked to accreditation for temporary modifications,” says the price.

DiMaio, a resident of Cranston, Rhode Island who retired in December 2021, served as the project and design engineer and resident architect for NUWC Newport Division for 18 years. His expertise and pride of ownership have been instrumental in the successful design and execution of dozens of facility renovation projects.

Although he majored in architecture, DiMaio was proficient in designing projects independently in many disciplines, such as mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, electrical systems, building envelope, roof, window treatments and elevators. He successfully led several initiatives with short-lived command attention, including the design and installation of monuments for the Newport 150 Division.and anniversary celebration held on July 29, 2019. For more on this celebration, visit: /History/

“It is thanks to DiMaio’s perseverance and ownership of this project that the Facilities Branch was able to complete the installation of the monument ahead of schedule and in time for the grand unveiling event in July 2019,” says the price. “Evidence of his craftsmanship can be found in nearly every Newport Division building and as such he contributed to the success and expansion of the Newport Division facilities during his tenure.”

Huntress and DiMaio were recognized at a live event hosted by Captain Commander Chad Hennings and Technical Director Ron Vien last month. Additionally, DiMaio received his award from Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Facilities and Environment Meredith Berger during his visit to NUWC’s Newport Division on May 5.

NUWC Division Newport is a United States Navy shore command within Naval Sea Systems Command, which designs, builds, and supports the United States fleet of ships and combat systems. NUWC Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, underwater offensive and defensive weapon systems and countermeasures associated with submarine warfare.

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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