Alumni Wins 2019 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award

By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering 

(Photo by Dave Stoehr, McLaughlin Research Corp.)

After recently retiring from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, University of Connecticut School of Engineering alumni Steve Greineder (’82, ’87) won the 2019 Meritorious Senior Professional Presidential Rank Award.

According to a press release from NUWC, the honor, awarded by the U.S. president, recognizes a small group of career senior executives who demonstrate extraordinary professional, technical and scientific achievements on a national or international level. Thirteen Senior Executive Service members and two senior professionals from the Department of the Navy received awards for 2019.

NUWC Division 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.

Greineder’s 40-year career at Division Newport began as a summer hire after his freshman year at the University of Connecticut. Notable roles throughout his career include submarine sonar advisor to the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; program manager/chief scientist for the Office of Naval Research Programs and Internal Research; science and technology chief technologist/chief engineer for Division Newport’s Sensors and Sonar Systems Department. In 2011, he joined the Senior Executive Service as a senior technologist for acoustic signal processing, the release said.

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