13th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference
Johns Hopkins University (Applied Physics Laboratory), Maryland
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Keynote Speaker: 1
Director, USNA STEM Center for Education and Outreach
Talk Title: The Need for STEM Education and What You Can Do
Joe McGettigan retired from active duty in 2009 and has served as the Director of the US Naval Academy STEM Center for Education and Outreach since 2020.
He was raised in Pennsauken New Jersey and attended the US Naval Academy with the class of 1980 graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture. His shipboard assignments were aboard the USS Miller (FF-1091) were he served as the Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and the Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer, and the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) where he served as the Combat Systems Officer. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer and a qualified Engineering Duty Officer. His Shore assignments included Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Officer in Charge of Mobile Technical Unit Fifteen, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and numerous positions at Naval Sea Systems Command. His major acquisition assignments included Program Manager for the Advanced Combat Direction System and he served as the Program Manager for AEGIS foreign military sales managing sales with Japan, Spain, Norway, South Korea and Australia. He commanded the Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, VA, the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA, and was the Director of the Engineering and Weapons Division at the US Naval Academy. He retired after 30 years of service in 2009. Following his Military career, he became a Director for BAE Systems and then came back to Government service as a Division Director at Naval Sea Systems Command overseeing the Navy’s technical authority. In 2012 he accepted a position as a Senior Vice President with Kratos Defense. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate school in Undersea Warfare Technology and a Master’s Degree from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Affairs.
At the USNA STEM Center we execute various outreach programs for students from K-12 as well as their teachers in an effort to get more of today’s youth interested in pursuing engineering and science degrees in college. It has been recognized for many years now that there are not enough people with technical degrees to fill all of the positions that DoD has requiring those degrees.
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