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The William M. Kennedy Award

THE WILLIAM M. KENNEDY AWARD

Outstanding Service and Contribution in the Development of Systems and Planning Applying to Shipbuilding and Ship Repair

 

Spaulding          Rick S. Spaulding | Newport News Shipbuilding

Rick Spaulding is Vice President of Business Process Standardization for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2019, Spaulding is responsible for the standardization and implementation of program and production standards across the company as well as acceleration of digital shipbuilding and other key business functions. He leads efforts to share best practices across all HII shipyards.

He began his shipbuilding career in 1983 as a supervisor in the Steel Fabrication Division and has since held positions of increasing responsibility including planning manager in the Seawolf-Class Submarine Program, construction superintendent in repair and new construction, and director of Central Planning. In 2008, he was promoted to vice president of Central Planning and Process Excellence at Ingalls Shipbuilding, where he served until being named to his current position. 

Spaulding earned a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983. He has served as chair of the Ship Production committee of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), was a member of the Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program and is a member of the University of Michigan Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Advisory Board.

 

 

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About The William M. Kennedy Award

The William M. Kennedy Award is for "Outstanding Service and Contribution in the Development of Systems and Planning Applying to Shipbuilding and Ship Repair". 

It was established by the Executive Committee in 1980 in accordance with the terms of the will of its namesake, William M. Kennedy.

The title will be "The William M. Kennedy Award." The award consists of a certificate suitably framed plus one thousand dollars. Eligibility for the award need not be limited to membership in SNAME. The proposal for this award may be made by a member of SNAME in good standing. The selection of the nominee for the award shall be made by the Awards Committee of SNAME. Announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the Ship Production Symposium or at such time as the President of SNAME may arrange. The award may be made annually.