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Photo By Jermaine Sullivan | Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division’s (NSWCPD) Robert Pettis has won the 2022 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Modern-Day Technology Leader Award. A 22-year NSWCPD veteran, Pettis Jr. currently serves as the branch manager for the Machinery Technology Research & Development Branch and has developed many significant solutions that have been used on both current Navy platforms and will be adapted for future usage. (Navy photo by Jermaine Sullivan/Released)  see less | View Image Page
Robert Pettis, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) branch manager for the Machinery Technology Research & Development Branch, can now add Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Modern-Day Technology Leader to his list of career awards.

According to the BEYA website, the Modern Day Technology Leader Award is a part of the BEYA STEM Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) Category. The OAAs are granted to individuals in the workforce. These nomination applications are reviewed and recommended for an award by a panel of leaders from industry, government, and academia.

Pettis, who has worked at NSWCPD for 22 years, prior to his current position was a technical lead for the SUB 073 Deputy Program Manager – Special Projects. His responsibilities include serving as the technical liaison between the SUB 073 Special Projects and the Submarine Stealth Integration Program Office in support of Advanced Signature Management (ASM) program area and the Systems Working Group Chair for the ASM Assistant Program Manager (APM).

The Hershey, Pa. native was surprised when he found out he won, but realizes the overarching meaning of the award.

“This award is a source of pride, but more importantly, it means a sense of responsibility to maintain and improve my performance, as well share my experience with the Command, my co-workers, sponsors, and the Navy,” Pettis said.

It is not surprising that the 13-year Army and Army National Guard veteran gleans his motivation from the service of military members.

“The Warfighter motivates me,” Pettis said. “I respect the women and men who defend us daily, and I like to think that in some way, if I do the best work I am capable of, the work we do will keep them safe and allow them to win on the battlefield.”

“I was very proud of Mr. Pettis,” said Department head, SSTM Machinery Research, Logistics & Ship Integrity Department Dawn Ware, “I consider NSWCPD extremely lucky that Mr. Pettis has chosen NSWCPD as his employer. He is a strategic thinker, and works to position our organization for success.”

“Mr. Pettis is an extremely dedicated employee who consistently thinks outside the box to find the most innovative and technically rigorous solutions to be ready for tomorrow’s issues,” Ware added.

Pettis earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Temple University in 2000 and joined NSWCPD shortly thereafter as a junior electrical engineer. He made a significant impact that advanced the state of the art in medium voltage electric plant technology, making it safer to perform engineering testing and studies. His subsequent accomplishments continuously led to greater responsibilities and sustained superior contributions.

According to his BEYA nomination form, some of Pettis’ numerous career achievements include:

• In 2017, Pettis developed and fielded novel electric power system architectures that embodied a holistic, systems approach that significantly enhanced system performance and reliability and that are being adapted for use on future U.S. Navy platforms and back-fitted on existing platforms.

• After attending a technology presentation, Pettis developed technology assessment strategies to support advanced electrical systems initiatives for future submarine platforms. He generated test matrices to identify fielded system interoperability and compatibility test and evaluation requirements and is currently collaborating with the technical community and Fleet to coordinate test events. Pettis’ strategies have and will continue to provide a more reliable, safer environment for submariners.

• Recently, Pettis earned the position of Engineering Manager for Electrical Power Generation, Conversion and Propulsion. This title is a position of significant technical talent entrusted to only the most technically astute and dedicated personnel. It is one that is extended to less than one percent of NSWCPD’s technical workforce. With this authority comes the great responsibility to ensure the provision of safe and reliable systems to the U.S. Navy. Pettis has earned this authority through his technical accomplishments and through his dedication and integrity.

Over his NSWCPD career Pettis has been awarded the “On the Spot Award” nine times, the Special Act Award six times, and a Quality Step Increase (QSI). He has served as a member of the NSWCPD Strategic Planning Integrated Product Team (Fiscal Year-FY20), Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) Senior Champion – Philly Focus Area (PFA) #4 – In-Service and Product Support (FY20), and NISE Area Lead PFA #2 – Advanced Power and Energy Systems (FY21).

NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civilian engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel. The NSWCPD team does the research and development, test and evaluation, acquisition support, and in-service and logistics engineering for the non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and related equipment and material for Navy surface ships and submarines. NSWCPD is also the lead organization providing cybersecurity for all ship systems.
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