NEWPORT – Four engineers at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport will accept U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine STEM Achievement Awards in February in Washington, D.C., NUWC announced.
Jeffrey Feaster, David Rhodes, Matthew Colavita and Kendrick Spencer have been named winners in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Achievement Awards program by Career Communication Group’s U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine and the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Feaster, Rhodes and Colavita are being recognized for their outstanding performance in STEM, NUWC says. Spencer is being lauded for creating new paths for others in science, research, technology and development.
Feaster, of South Kingstown, is a deputy department head in Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, and has been in the field for more than three decades, NUWC said in a statement. An advocate for workplace diversity, the U.S. Navy has added more than 160 employees over three years due to his efforts.
Rhodes is head of the Surface and Aviation Systems Integration Branch from the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, which focuses on cybersecurity, and has been at NUWC Division Newport for 16 years. He is a resident of East Providence.
Colavita, of North Kingstown, has been a mechanical engineer in the Platform and Payload Integration Department for the past five years. NUWC said he has distinguished himself by leading a novel experimental hydro-dynamics research project.
Spencer, a NUWC employee for eight years, is a cybersecurity lead in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, responsible for verifying the proper configuration of cybersecurity and cyber-enabled technology. Spencer is a resident of Newport.
An award ceremony honoring all winners will be held on Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C.
Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.