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Mr. Michael Bosworth

Award: Gold Medal (Engineer)
Year: 2020
Recipient: Mr. Michael Bosworth

for his significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following  



Mr. Bosworth started working 44 years ago as a main propulsion assistant on the USS R.L. Page and has since worked his way up to director for the Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD). He is known for his exceptional leadership in revitalizing the Navy’s Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD), reinvigorating a well-spring of Ship Design Leaders for the Navy which is facing a large bow wave of new ship designs, and advancing the Navy’s technical capabilities in the science and art of Naval Ship Design at a critical time when the Navy is under serious examination by Congress for a number of unsuccessful ship acquisition programs. 


From his unsolicited proposal to retain, restore, and renovate CISD when it was scheduled nearly three years ago to close its doors, to when he started shortly thereafter as Director, CISD has grown leaps and bounds in scope including submarines, craft and unmanned systems, in size from eight journey men annually to about 30 journeymen annually, in connectivity with expanded subject matter expert) and in reputation with increasing numbers of sponsors. As Director of CISD located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division(NSWCCD) over the past three years, he has successfully capitalized on CISD to rebuild the Navy’s core ship design capabilities in terms of experienced design engineers, lean -agile design processes and user-friendly design tools .Through his broad and highly experienced leadership, he has strengthened the NAVSEA Enterprise as the Navy’s heart and focal point for innovations in naval ship concepts and warfare capabilities. 


Mr. Bosworth’s most important long-term contribution to sustaining the Navy’s in-house early-stage ship design capability and what clearly distinguishes him from his colleagues has been his People initiatives at CISD to develop the next generation of ship design leaders. His innovative leadership reached a pinnacle this past Summer during the debilitating effects of the pandemic when he singlehandedly convinced ONR not to cancel its Navy Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) but to continue this highly effective recruitment and career development program as the first virtual college internship program and to increase from 24 to 40 interns for CISD as well as a number of interns for other Carderock departments and other Warfare Centers. He also engaged the Wizards of Was (WoW), a group of retired, highly experienced ship design, acquisition and construction leaders who volunteer to serve as mentors for both the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). 


Mr. Bosworth has reestablished a well-spring for providing the Navy highly competent, highly motivated ship design engineers and for rigorously applying systematic innovation to the development