NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that 10 employees were among those recognized for achievements in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during the 18 th annual Women of Color STEM Conference. Eight award-winners represented the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division, and two represented HII's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division.
- Cynthia Bowles, a support and integration manager at Ingalls. During her 29 years of experience at the shipyard, Bowles has served in various management roles for various ship programs, including the DDG 51 destroyer and LHA 7 amphibious assault ship programs. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University.
- Cynthia Griffin, a paint superintendent at Ingalls. A 27-year shipyard veteran, Griffin began her career as a painter's apprentice and has expanded her areas of expertise into job planning and scheduling, production control, process improvement, and safety compliance.
- Arlene Grimme, support administrator at Ingalls. With five years of experience, Grimme is responsible for managing all manufacturing processes and procedures. She leads an internal operations publication that focuses on safety, quality and procedural compliance and assists with the processing of worker's compensation claims.
- Deborah Stanton, a foreman at Ingalls. Stanton has 37 years of experience, including 21 years in operations management. She also assists with the supervision and placement of employees on temporary light duty assignments and conducts in-house audits for compliance with procedures for recording time and labor.
- Debbie Braudis, a project manager at Ingalls. During her 37-year career at Ingalls, Braudis has served in various roles in the areas of operations and supply chain management. She holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
- Chara Clancy, a financial analyst at Ingalls. An eight-year shipyard veteran, Clancy has worked in accounting and finance and, most recently, in the supply chain management division. She holds a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from William Carey University. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix.
- Veronica Nance-Crossley, a welding foreman at Ingalls. Nance-Crossley has worked for the shipyard for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of Ingalls' structural welding apprenticeship and waterfront co-op programs and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi. A member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Nance-Crossley participated in Operation Iraq Enduring Freedom in 2005 and Operation New Dawn in 2011.
- Danyelle Saunders, a senior facilities project engineer at NNS. Saunders, a 15-year shipbuilder, has first-hand knowledge and experience managing multiple renovation projects and complying with building code requirements while providing innovative and cutting-edge space utilization solutions. She holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.