2014-02-07 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

NUWC Engineer Honored for Technical Achievements

Dr. Sanjay Mehta, an electrical engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, has been named a winner of the Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) Award by the Chinese Institute of Engineers. The award recognizes engineers who have strong project leadership responsibility and have made exemplary contributions to engineering, science and society.

Since beginning his Navy career in 1991, Mehta has built a reputation as a well-respected, highly skilled engineer among his colleagues. As a senior electrical engineer and technical program manager within the sensors and sonar systems department, he has become widely recognized as a technical expert in sonar signal processing who has made significant contributions to advancing research topics and projects that are critical to the Navy's warfighting capabilities. One of Mehta's most recent successes, recognized by the Chief of Naval Operations, was the successful torpedo warning system sea test.

Mehta and other winners will be recognized at the AAEOY Awards banquet on March 1 in San Francisco.

Teen Training

The Teen Center at Naval Station Newport will offer training on Tuesday, Feb. 18 designed to help teens prepare for the future. The classes will be held in the Teen Center, bldg. 1297, second floor. Training is open to military, DoD civilian and contractor dependents ages 13-18. The schedule is:

9-11 a.m. How to Present Yourself for Employment, by Fleet & Family Support Center

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Lunch (not provided, bring your own)

12-1 p.m. Financial Training for Teens, by Navy Federal Credit Union

1-2 p.m. College Planning, by School Liaison Officer Janet Mc- Carthy

2-3 p.m. How Can The Interstate Compact Help You? (applicable to military dependents only), presented by Janet McCarthy

For more information, call Youth Director Gina Petrone at 401-841- 2883. Register by Feb. 11 to gina. petrone@navy.mil.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 13 with April Smith discussing “A Star for Mrs. Blake” at noon.

In 1929, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to fund travel for mothers of fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their sons’ graves in France. Over the next three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made the trip. Smith’s novel is set in the 1930s and is about five American women who travel to visit the graves of sons lost. The women come from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and initially it seems that the only common thread is their identification as Gold Star Mothers. The pilgrimage to France changes that as they work through the grief they have been carrying.

The Eight Bells series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve and arrange for base access, call 401-841-2101 at least one work day prior to event.

Laughs at O’Club

The Winter Comedy Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom at the Officers’ Club with standup comedian Kevin Meaney.

Meaney’s quick wit and politically incorrect take on relationships, his family and current events have made him a favorite of clubs across the country. He has performed on “The Tonight Show” a dozen times and was a special guest on “Saturday Night Live.” He has also appeared with Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Conan. As an actor, Meaney starred in the CBS sitcom "Uncle Buck," had a feature role in the movie “Big,” and has made numerous guest appearances on both sitcoms and dramas.

The comedy series is geared towards adults. The show is free and open to all hands with base access. For information, call 401-841-1442.

Cupid at the O’Club

Naval Station personnel are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Officers’ Club at a Valentine’s dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. The festive evening features a fivecourse dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 per couple with wine and $70 without wine. Advance ticketing is required. Reservations are accepted at the club Monday-Friday, from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Volunteers Wanted

American Legion Post 18 is seeking volunteers to help bring a bit of Valentine’s fun to residents of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol on Saturday, Feb. 8 at a Valentine’s bingo party. Volunteers will help play games, award prizes, and socialize. “Cupid’s helpers” are encouraged to wear red, white and/ or pink. Muster at 480 Metacom Ave. at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Haywood at 401-556-5940.

NUWC Scientists Named Fellows

Dr. Benjamin Cray and Dr. Robert Koch of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center have been named Fellows of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

Cray, a scientist in the Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles, and Defensive Systems Department, has worked at NUWC Newport for more than 30 years. His specialties include the mathematical modeling and experimental evaluations of structural acoustic systems, and underwater acoustic sensing and classification. He is well known and respected for his innovative modeling and development of underwater sensors and sensor arrays. He holds seven patents and has authored numerous Journal of ASA articles.

Koch is the U.S. Navy Senior Technologist in Undersea Tactical Stealth Systems in NUWC’s Chief of Technology Office. He has become an internationally recognized researcher in advanced mathematical analysis of transient dynamic high-energy shock events, structural and hydro-acoustics noise propagation, and general theoretical and applied mechanics formulations. Koch has researched and analyzed structure-borne and acoustical noise propagation within numerous submarine- and tactical-scale undersea vehicles to predict and reduce vehicle selfand radiated-noise signatures.

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