Naval Facilities Engineering Command

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Selects 2014 Engineers of the Year

12/20/13

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NORFOLK (NNS) -- Lt. Cmdr. James Sullivan and Marvin Newtown were announced as the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Engineers of the Year.

Sullivan, a native of Deadwood, South Dakota works as the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) Director for Public Works Department Pennsylvania and Newton, who hails from Newport News, Va., serves as the electrical commodity manager and supervisor of the Technical Electrical Distribution group in the Utilities and Energy Management Product Line in Public Works.

Sullivan, who led a 46-person team in awarding 575 design and construction contract actions valued at over $65 million in fiscal year 2012, is a 2001 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and holds master's degrees in civil engineering and business administration.

"I am truly honored to receive the credit for all the hard work of my entire team," said Sullivan. We have a great group of professionals at Public Works Department Pennsylvania who really care about the mission and take care of each other."

According to Cdr. Andrew Sullivan, public works officer at PWD Pennsylvania, Sullivan developed and implemented a safety review process that has seen two consecutive years with no contractor mishaps and oversaw a Utilities Energy Saving Contract that will save the government $2.2 million a year in energy costs.

Newton, a 1998 Virginia Tech graduate, works as supervisor for electric product line in the Utilities and Energy Management product line and is the recognized subject matter expert in NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic for electrical utility distribution. A registered professional engineer, he is also a certified energy manager.

According to Newton, his job covers many areas, including managing the electrical distribution budget, managing electric purchase supply and distribution contracts and developing policies and procedures to ensure systems are run safely.

"You can learn from the diverse knowledge of your fellow NAVFAC employees and from those in industry," said Newton.

He adds that there is lot of responsibility and opportunity for engineers at NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.

"I am proud of our Engineers of the Year, along with everyone who was nominated," said Capt John Korka, commanding officer NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic. "We are very fortunate to serve with a vast number of extraordinary engineers who lead NAVFAC and the Navy with dedication, service, selflessness and technical superiority. They continue to build to our 171-year legacy of serving the Navy with the Can Do spirit."

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