NEWPORT NEWS, Va., March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Suzanne Beckstoffer was named the Virginia Peninsula Engineer of the Year by the Peninsula Engineers Council. Beckstoffer, engineering director of process and tools at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division, received the award at the 45th annual Peninsula Engineers Council Annual Banquet, which was held on Saturday at the shipyard. Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin served as the featured speaker.
Beckstoffer was nominated for the award by the Hampton Roads section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
"Among the four highly qualified candidates nominated this year for the Peninsula Engineer of the Year Award, Ms. Beckstoffer's exceptional record of leadership, technical accomplishments, contributions to the profession and contributions to the community stood out above the nominees," said Gary Fuller, president of the Peninsula Engineers Council.
Since her career began with Newport News in 1982, Beckstoffer has made several technical contributions to shipbuilding and ship design. She has helped the company implement new technologies, including computer-aided design, manufacturing automation, robotics and three-dimensional product model environments. Currently, Beckstoffer is responsible for the engineering and design computer tools and processes used to support ship design, construction and overhaul programs.
"We are proud to have Suzanne recognized by the Peninsula Engineers Council for her hard work, dedication and expertise," said Jennifer Boykin, Newport News' vice president of engineering and design. "Throughout her career at the shipyard, she has been at the forefront of implementing new technology to improve our work in engineering design, touching every aspect of our shipbuilding business."
Suzanne Beckstoffer accepts the Virginia Peninsula Engineer of the Year award from (from left to right) Gary Fuller, president of the Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC); Scott Opdyke, representative from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the society that nominated Beckstoffer; and Ken Hoffman, the PEC Engineer of the Year committee chair. Photo by Dar Mook/HII
Beckstoffer has dedicated more than 30 years of service to the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, holding leadership roles from the local to international levels. She is also a member of the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies and serves on the industry advisory boards of North Carolina State University, the Webb Institute and Christopher Newport University.
"I'm grateful and honored to receive this award," Beckstoffer said. "I've known I wanted to be an engineer since age 15, when my high school math teacher took me to N.C. State for an engineering careers seminar. Solving technical challenges and helping build the world's most complex ships has been a rewarding career. After more than 30 years at Newport News, I'm proud to be a shipbuilder!"
Formed in 1970, the Peninsula Engineers Council comprises representatives from organizations dedicated to strengthening and promoting the engineering profession in the Virginia Peninsula area. The member organizations consist of 17 local chapters of engineering and technical societies, a local science and education foundation, and two government organizations.
About Huntington Ingalls Industries
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America's largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII's Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: