Elizabeth Anne Sandel
Award: Harold E. Saunders Award - Lifetime Achievement
Recipient: Elizabeth Anne Sandel
Reason: For her significant contribution to naval engineering as set forth in the following.
Through her inspirational leadership, engineering legacy, and business versality, Anne Sandel has repeatedly demonstrated that she is one of the most inspirational and outstanding civilian leaders in the Navy. No other single Navy Senior Executive has made such a positive impact across so many fields of engineering to the U.S. Navy this century.
Currently the senior executive overseeing the innovative center of excellence at the Office of Naval Research, Ms. Sandel has arguably touched and provided leadership across all areas of the Navy including ship design, combat system design, Fleet maintenance and modernization, international cooperation and technology sharing, and most recently R&D/Science and Technology. Having started her career with the Newport News Shipbuilding Engineering Team working on aircraft carrier and submarine design & production, her career traversed surface combatants, aircraft carriers, submarines, polar icebreakers, and mobile offshore base design, construction and management.
For the past twenty years, Ms. Sandel’s thought leadership, guidance and perseverance drove many of the Navy’s greatest technology challenges including CVN 21, NIFC-CA, and JCREW and have brought transformative change both in the U.S. Navy and abroad. Under Ms. Sandel’s direction, U.S. Navy international cooperation peaked with a country agreement to move forward on SNEP II, the Saudi Naval Expansion Program. Her inspirational leadership was instrumental in helping promote U.S. interests and defense objectives with Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure National Strategies. Ms. Sandel’s future aircraft carrier design contributions factored in a solution that will be operational and relevant for the next 100 years., an engineering feat never envisioned in the history of the U.S. Navy. As the first civilian female PEO in the U.S. Navy, Ms. Sandel’s other accomplishments and career highlights speak for themselves:
Champion for the Naval Open Architecture policy, a journey from inception to “go live” and ongoing as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, a role initially created for her change management leadership and capability.
First Navy executive to lead the international Maritime Missile Theater Defense Forum spearheading the first international Standard Missile test event that culminated at the Hebrides Range, Scotland.
Founding Executive Director for the PEO Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) responsible for realigning all Navy surface ship combat systems under one PEO, including integration with submarine combat system development.
Executive Director for the NAVSEA Surface Warfare Maintenance and Modernization programs with oversight responsibility for a Surface Warfare portfolio in excess of $15Billion dollars.
Founding Executive Director for PEO Littoral Combat Ships (recently renamed PEO Unmanned and Surface Combatants), responsible for design integration, development and tests, trials and evaluations under one roof to bring a revolution in small surface combatant design.
Ms. Sandel’s diverse background is unparalleled and her impact to the U.S. Navy monumental. She is an inspiration and role model for officers, engineers, program managers, and aspiring civilian government servants. For her leadership, personal integrity, strength of character, perseverance, technical innovation and dedication to one’s country, the American Society of Naval Engineers is humbled to name Ms. Elizabeth Anne Sandel the recipient of the 2019 Harold E. Saunders Award.