Albert A. Michelson and Fleet Adm. Chester A. Nimitz Awards

Recognize Outstanding Industry Innovators and Leaders

The Albert A. Michelson Award honors a civilian scientist, technical innovator or group or organization that has demonstrated scientific or technical achievement that has resulted in a significant improvement in the strength of our maritime forces or to the enhancement of our industrial-technology base.  

The Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award honors a leader of industry who has made a major contribution to our nation’s maritime strength and/or enhanced our national security.  The award is for the person that best exemplifies the leadership, statesmanship and dedication to our country that was exhibited by the award’s namesake, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.  

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Albert A. Michelson Award

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Past Winners

Michelson Award


Richard Jenkins

CEO, Saildrone Inc.


Edward “Sonny” Masso

Executive Director, Naval Historical Foundation


Dr. Bruce Danly

Director of Research, U.S. Navy


California State University Maritime Academy


Mr. Clifton E. Athon

Principle Scientist, Nuclear Fuel Services Inc.


Dr. Ivan Getting

Office of Naval Research


James Schoppenhorst

BAE Systems

Nimitz Award


Ms. Jo Decker

Vice President, Strategy and Growth

BAE Systems


Brian Cuccias

Former President, Ingalls Shipbuilding

A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries



Frank Thorp

President and CEO, U.S. Navy Memorial


Mr. Jim Herdt

CEO, Herdt Consulting Inc.


Ms. Leanne Caret

Executive Vice President, The Boeing Co., President and CEO, Defense, Space and Security

Mr. Matthew J. Mulherin

Former President, Newport News Shipbuilding


Mr. Michael R. Reed

President, L-3 Power & Control Systems, L-3 Communications


Ivan F. Edenzon

Corporate Vice President, Huntington Ingalls Industries

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