Mary Cullen is vice president of the nuclear propulsion program at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. Appointed to this position in 2016, she is responsible for overhaul engineering, reactor services, test engineering, radiological controls, construction and process engineering along with refueling production and nuclear support. She also has overall responsibility for NNS’ industrial subcontract at the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, a research and development facility in upstate New York that supports the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion program.
Cullen began her shipbuilding career in 1985 as an environmental engineer and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including radiological control deputy director, production refueling and nuclear support superintendent, and construction director. Prior to being appointed to her current position, she led the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) inactivation.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology. Cullen is active in the community, serving on the board of directors at BayPort Credit Union and volunteering with Smithfield High School’s Athletic Association. She is also a member of the Parish Council at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Smithfield, Va.