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A&T Grad Makes Waves at NAVSEA
By Lango Deen
Feb 9, 2017 - 11:02:27 AM

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The BEYA STEM Conference held during Black History Month celebrates the contributions that STEM professionals like Dr. William N. Martin Jr. have made to the nation and their role in developing next-generation scientists, technologists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians.

Dr. William N. Martin Jr. is a lead mechanical engineer in sensor development and maintenance at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), one of the two warfare centers of the Naval Sea Systems Command or NAVSEA. 

NUWC Newport is a shore command of the U.S. Navy within the Naval Sea Systems Command, which engineers, builds and supports America's fleet of ships and combat systems.

NUWC Newport provides research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures associated with undersea warfare.

Dr. Martin has worked at one of the NUWC laboratories headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island since 2001, after graduating with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from historically black North Carolina A&T State University.

A&T is one of the largest producers of African American engineers in the United States.

Dr. Martin's s strong technical background has distinguished him as an expert in his field. He has earned the respect of his peers in Division Newport. He designs and assists in the construction of sensors and equipment used for testing systems for the Sensor Technology and Target Physics Branch of the Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles, and Defensive Systems Department. He also performs new research or utilizes existing research findings or new program developments.

A notable project, out of several, is his work on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Research Vessel Knorr, in preparation for submarine deployment. Dr. Martin created a design for a massive extension frame and support to meet submarine requirements. He boarded the submarine to assist with sensor installation and to maintain the sensors and auxiliary equipment.

His knowledge of material science and transducer design helped to greatly improve the system.

Dr. Martin also uses his skills for light-hearted endeavors. After attracting the attention of Division Newport's Bring a Child to Work Day program, he developed a laser demonstration maze which has become popular among program participants. His dedication to engineering and education makes him an exemplary role model. Dr. Martin is working on a distance learning master's degree in Engineering Acoustics at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Martin is working on a distance learning master's degree in Engineering Acoustics at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Naval Submarine League. In 2001, he graduated with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Dr. Martin also earned his master's degree in mechanical engineering from A&T and a bachelor's degree, also in mechanical engineering from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1993.

NUWC Newport's employee base includes 3,135 government civilian employees and 34 military members. Of the full-time government civilian staff, 73 percent are classified as scientists or engineers and approximately 32 percent have graduate degrees.

In addition to the government workforce, NUWC Newport contracted for approximately 2,289 work years during 2016 from companies located in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, bringing its combined government and contractor workforce to more than 5,400 positions.

Students can attend the BEYA STEM Conference career fair and meet top employers, take advantage of onsite resources designed to enhance job search, to enhance their academic career, as well as to get tools for a successful STEM career.

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