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NEWS | Nov. 17, 2021

NAWCAD Lakehurst engineers named ‘SASE Promising Professionals’

By Alicia Mitchko Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division

Two Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst engineers were named 2021 Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) Promising Professionals, an award that recognizes early career professionals who demonstrate tremendous potential for future workplace contributions.

SASE awarded the Promising Professional title to Elijah Yao, mechanical engineer supporting Next Generation Visual Landing Aids, and Rachel Lew, mechanical engineer from the Moriah Wind System (MWS) and Landing Signal Officer Display System (LSODS) team.

“Mr. Yao and Ms. Lew are two up and coming engineers who have truly embraced leadership roles within their respective teams,” said Kathleen Donnelly, NAWCAD Lakehurst executive director. “They have both quickly become invaluable assets to NAWCAD Lakehurst.”

Yao was recognized for his outstanding effort and achievement working with Advanced Flight Deck Lighting (AFDL) systems. When the AFDL program was called upon to install lighting capability for night vision goggles and reduced radar-cross section on DDG1000 class ships, Yao volunteered to travel on-site in support of AFDL installation and testing efforts.

“Despite being a junior engineer at the time, Mr. Yao displayed exemplary leadership skills by directly interfacing with the shipyard personnel and engineering team,” said Brian Hawalka, head of the NAWCAD Lakehurst Advanced Lighting Branch. “His efforts have enabled the AFDL prototype system to be ready for use on the next generation of stealth ships, which is a great accomplishment for the organization.”

Lew was recognized for the improvements she made to multiple MWS and LSODS processes.

Lew is responsible for maintaining a steady progression of Engineering Change Proposals and identifying issues with the drawing Configuration Management (CM) process for Wind Measuring and Indicating Systems. Her efforts have led to several improvements to the Standard Operating Procedures for the CM process and the successful installation of meteorological sensors on eight ship classes.

“Ms. Lew has proven to be capable of planning ahead, coordinating and guiding major efforts to completion,” said Michael Rosso, head of the NAWCAD Lakehurst WMS & LSODS Branch. “Her efforts have resulted in significant improvements to U.S. Navy fleet operations.”