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NEWS | April 2, 2019

NIWC Atlantic leader named WID Palmetto Chapter’s Female Executive of the Year

By Michaela Judge NIWC Atlantic Public Affairs

A Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic leader recently received recognition as the 2019 Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter’s "Female Executive of the Year" during a ceremony in Charleston, S.C.

Kathryn Murphy, Senior Scientific Technical Manager for software engineering, earned accolades at a “Salute to the Fighting Ladies” event for her work at NIWC Atlantic and her impact to the Navy, greater Department of Defense community and the warfighter.

“We are extremely proud of Kathryn and her recognition as Female Executive of the Year,” said Chris Miller, NIWC Atlantic executive director. “Kathryn embodies the guiding principles of our command. She champions service, fosters teamwork across the organization and beyond and empowers the workforce. We are grateful for her contributions to our team, as well as the incredible impact she is making to the warfighter.”

This year’s ceremony marked WID Palmetto Chapter’s 9th annual event and honored military and civilian women for their contributions in the areas of national security, education, volunteerism and leadership.

“I am absolutely honored to be recognized by Women in Defense’s Palmetto Chapter,” said Murphy. “WID is an arm of the National Defense Industrial Association, and the local chapter is comprised of some the most influential and productive people in the Charleston Defense industry. To be recognized by such an outstanding group is really a special achievement for me, and a highlight in my career.”

This award, Miller said, is one of many avenues demonstrating NIWC Atlantic’s active efforts to develop and retain and highly credentialed workforce dedicated to tackling information warfare solutions for the warfighter.

In her position at NIWC Atlantic, Murphy is responsible for all aspects of software and computer engineering, as well as providing solutions for the Navy, Marine Corps, DOD and other federal customers. Under her leadership, she directs a large, geographically dispersed organization of software developers, software sustainers, software process professionals, software architects and data management experts.

“Our work spans both tactical and business applications and systems for the Navy, Marine Corps and Federal Sector,” said Murphy. “The systems our folks support have a direct impact on fleet readiness, from both a material and personnel aspect. Their work ensures our sailors get paid, aviation platforms are maintained and decision makers have the information they need when they need it.”

Murphy, a graduate from the University of Virginia, has more than 28 years of extensive management and technical experience in government and private industry positions, including 23 years at NIWC Atlantic and its predecessor activities.

The WID Palmetto Chapter, founded in 2009, serves to provide networking and professional development opportunities in order to promote the role of women in national defense and security, as well as support military members and encourage partnerships across the federal agencies in the South Carolina region.

As a part of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, NIWC Atlantic, located within Joint Base Charleston, S.C., provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable C4ISR, cyber and information technology capabilities.

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