NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The command’s leading scientific and technical innovators were nationally recognized during a joint ceremony at Patuxent River Naval Air Station on Sept. 26.

Presided over by NAWCAD Commander and Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, Rear Adm. John Lemmon, NAWCAD Execuitve Director and NAVAIR Deputy Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation, Leslie Taylor, and NAVAIR Deputy Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering Tony Cifone, the annual ceremony honored the 2018 inductees of Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Fellows program, NAWCAD Patent awardees, and Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) Section 219 program awardees.

“Today’s combined ceremony is all about the people,” said Lemmon. “These are the best minds of our generation. They are the true source of or excellence as a command, and our strength as a fighting force.”

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander and Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, Rear Adm. John Lemmon the 2018 awardees of Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Fellows program, NAWCAD Patent awardees, and Naval Innovative Science and Engineering (NISE) Section 219 program awardees. (U.S. Navy Photo/released)

The NAVAIR Fellows program recognizes engineering and scientist selectees for significant technical contributions to Naval aviation. The awards are divided into three tiers: associate fellows, full fellows and esteemed fellows. NAVAIR selectively names three percent of the enterprise’s scientists and engineers as associate fellows, and honors less than one percent as full or esteemed fellows.

NAWCAD’s Patent Awards recognize the success of command innovators who invent, disclose and patent technology potentially usable to government and industry.

NAWCAD’s NISE Section 219 Awards recognize employees for outstanding achievement of programs funded through Section 219 of the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes funding for U.S. Naval labs and warfare centers for investment in advanced warfighter technologies and workforce capabilities. This year’s winners were selected from 398 programs funded by Section 219 in fiscal year 2018.