NEWPORT – Ronald Vien, an electrical engineer with more than 30 years at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, was named division technical director, according to an NUWC press release. He’s the 15th technical director to hold the position, developed in 1951 at what was then the Naval Underwater Ordnance Station.
Before this new role, Vien was serving as the head of the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department at NUWC Newport, leading more than 600 government and 250 contractor scientists, engineers and technicians in naval research, development, engineering and acquisitions to advance sensor and sonar system designs.
Vien began his career in the Submarine Combat Systems Department, where he produced hardware prototypes for both the Los Angeles- and Virginia-class submarines. He transferred to the Surface Undersea Warfare Department. He also served as head of the Operational Systems Engineering Branch and as head of the Sensors and Arrays Division.
Vien earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and electrical-engineering technology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has an MBA from Bryant University in Smithfield and is a 2003 graduate of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Executive Leadership Development Program.
He is a resident of Westport, Mass.
Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.