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    Two NUWC Division Newport engineers selected for assignments on deputy technical director staff

    Two NUWC Division Newport engineers selected for assignments on deputy technical director staff

    Photo By David Stoehr | Engineer Jonathan Fraser, of Exeter, Rhode Island, who began his career at Naval...... read more read more



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    Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport engineers Jonathan Fraser and Jamelaa Jones have ambitions that are coming to fruition. Both want to learn from seasoned and talented people who have already paved a successful path in leading others. With their selection in January for one-year rotational staff positions with the deputy technical director’s office, they will witness this kind of leadership in action.

    Both are excited for their new assignments and have high expectations for this experience.

    “I want to be exposed to all of the really bright people, some may even serve as a mentor,” Fraser said. “The people, leadership in particular, are awesome. To see how they go through their day, what’s important on their radar. You don’t get this kind of exposure by sitting in your office.”

    Jones, a resident of Providence, Rhode Island, echoed similar sentiments. “I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside an exceptional leadership team committed to growing and maintaining a resilient workforce,” she said. “Each day yields another firsthand look at what’s important to our people, our leaders, our Navy.”

    Fraser, of Exeter, Rhode Island, began his NUWC Newport career in 2007, in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, performing qualification work on a new towed sonar array, which eventually lead to an in-service position installing the array, tow cable and handler system modifications. In 2011, he transferred to the Submarine Acoustics Systems Program Office (PMS 401) to lead the in-service array group. In 2012, Fraser moved to the Columbia-class Submarine Program Office (PMS 397), where he managed tactical navigation, Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES), cybersecurity and coordination for the Non-Propulsion Electronics System (NPES) Team. In 2014, he returned to NUWC Newport, joining the Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat Systems Department, supporting the Advanced Weapons Enhanced by Submarine Unmanned aerial system (UAS) against Mobile targets (AWESUM) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) until its completion in 2015, when he became the lead for the Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems (SWFTS) ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) modernization. In 2018, Fraser served as rotational chief engineer (CHENG) for that department, focusing on critiques for NUWC Newport’s CHENG Council and the 2018 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX 2018).

    Jones worked in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department where she conducted land-based and at-sea test events, as well as front-end evaluations of the AN/SQS-53C hull sonar on the in-service support team for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship sonar suite. Prior to joining NUWC Newport, she worked as the lead fluid systems engineer of reactor plant chemistry and nuclear propulsion design for the Columbia-class submarine platform at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

    In their new rotational assignments, Fraser and Jones have taken on different roles and varied tasks to assist the NUWC Newport’s deputy technical director. Fraser has been assigned to support special training, the Leadership Board and the Invention Evaluation Board. Jones will be supporting the Leadership in the Diverse Environments Committee, serving as the technical agent for high-profile visitors, ensuring Command compliance in preparation for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Inspector General visit in April and conducting technical reviews for all projects defined as a technical capability of NUWC Newport.

    TDB rotational assignments may be filled by a mechanical engineer, a computer engineer, an electronics engineer or a computer scientist. The position is meant to provide the selectee with broad exposure to the work and tasking at NUWC Newport, NUWC Headquarters and NAVSEA warfare center communities. Selectees are given engineering, scientific, technical and programmatic assignments of increasing complexity and scope.

    Assignments are usually focused on the advanced engineering/scientific work being conducted at NUWC and duties include:

    • Using engineering/scientific proficiency to formulate, define and modify overall objectives and technical requirements;
    • Evaluating new concepts and principles to make recommendations for continuance or abandonment of work;
    • Working with the NUWC Newport’s deputy technical director managing and overseeing technical executive actions and coordinating the center’s technical highlights as well as reviewing responses for technical accuracy and completeness;
    • Supporting technical workforce shaping, technical health assessments and workforce development initiatives;
    • Working on special technical and programmatic projects and programs on an as- needed basis which will require interaction with the NUWC Newport’s chief engineer, chief technology officer, and the warfare center national workload managers; and
    • Serving as a member of the Invention Evaluation Board, which involves a technical review and scoring Invention Disclosures against given criteria.

    NUWC Division Newport, part of the Naval Sea System Command, 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, Washington.



    Date Taken: 03.14.2019
    Date Posted: 03.14.2019 15:10
    Story ID: 314246
    Location: NEWPORT, RI, US 
    Hometown: EXETER, RI, US
    Hometown: PORTSMOUTH, RI, US
    Hometown: PROVIDENCE, RI, US

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