By Darrell E. Walller, NAVFAC Expeditionary Warfare Center Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- A Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) engineer was recognized as one of the winners of the Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers 2013 Award during a Pentagon ceremony, June 6.
Galen Marks, P.E. was awarded for his work as team lead overseeing the Hardened Installation Protection for Persistent Operations (HIPPO) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project. Marks was selected as EXWC's 2014 civilian engineer of the year in January.
"Galen and his team designed and incorporated new technologies into a kit for the repair, restoration and recovery of fuel and water for the HIPPO project," said Capt. Mark. K. Edelson, NAVFAC EXWC commanding officer. "This new capability will ensure military operational resiliency should a catastrophic event occur. The project has significant impact to Sailors, Marines and troops deployed in combat zones. We are proud of Galen and his team for their dedication and exceptional work in support of the fleet and the warfighter."
The JCTD developed a scalable, resilient-structured solution to ensure continuity of operations in the face of major man-made and natural disruptions, and it incorporates innovative technologies to separate and reuse fuel contaminated with aqueous fire fighting foam.
The kit also offers new capabilities including bypass, inline and valve repair, fuel recovery and storage. A revised modular system allows faster access to tools and vital parts, along with expeditious transport by unmodified H-60 helicopters.
Modern high performance military aircraft require large quantities of fuel and quick refueling times are essential. Legacy fuel system repair kits do not offer repair capability for modern large bore, large volume, high pressure bulk fuel and water systems.
The technologies developed by Galen and his team will enable warfighters to resume battle within six hours after an attack, instead of the days and weeks under previous systems and capabilities.
Marks also performed a failure investigation in a 950 kW Wind Turbine Generator at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, quickly identifying the root cause and developing an economically feasible repair solution for $45,000. He supervised restoration of key generator drive end bearings, bringing the turbine online much sooner than more expensive alternate plans costing $1 million.
Marks led a survey team in the production and distribution of a key compressed air system at Pearl Harbor, resulting in cost savings of more than $1 million annually. He also developed a Business Case Analysis (BCA) examining six alternatives, and that research has shown that an additional $1.1 million in energy savings will be realized by implementation of a combination of BCA alternatives.
"This award is gratifying for me personally, but it would not be possible without the hard work, resourcefulness and contribution of my team members," said Marks. "I humbly accept the Etter award in their behalf."
NAVFAC EXWC is the Navy's premier activity for facilities and expeditionary technology solutions, engineering services, equipment logistics and products needed to equip the fleet and meet warfighter requirements. EXWC also delivers specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities.