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Lieutenant Commander Dennis L. Richardson, USN was the 2016 recipient of the Claud A. Jones Award. This award is given to the engineer that most improved America's Fleet. The Graphic Design Manager at the American Society of Naval Engineers, Michelle Redmon, caught up with LCDR Richardson to ask him a few questions.
Michelle: What got you into Naval Engineering?
Dennis: I became fascinated at a very young age with the intricate design details and mechanics of machinery. Joining the US Navy as a conventional engineer provided me with the opportunity to explore and craft a tangible skill-set within the disciplines of mechanical and electrical engineering.
Michelle: What is a fun fact most people don't know about you?
Dennis: I am motivated and driven by new challenges; working through complex problems that challenge my critical-thinking skills.
Michelle: What is one engineer/scientist/mathematician, dead or alive, you would like to meet and why?
Dennis: As a proud native of Detroit, Michigan and graduate of Henry Ford High School, I would love to have the distinct pleasure of meeting Henry Ford. He was a phenomenal mind; developer and manufacturer of the first automobile that many middle-class Americans during the 20th century could afford. Not only did his Model T automobile revolutionize transportation but it transformed the entire American auto industry.
Michelle: If you could engineer your perfect concession stand/food truck, what would it be?
Dennis: That is a really good question; one that I never considered. I would engineer a fish truck. We would serve hot & ready fish sandwiches right at the mouth of the Hampton Road Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) to commuters stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Perfect market!
Adapted from: http://www.navalengineers.org/Membership/Member-of-the-Month/2017/February
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