Mr. Adrian Mackenna has demonstrated remarkable professional achievements in transitioning powerful Multi-objective Design Optimization (MDO) methods from academia to the challenging Analysis of Alternatives of future warship concept designs. His noteworthy contributions have significantly advanced the field of early stage naval ship concept design and have been acclaimed by many senior Navy engineering and acquisition leaders.
Mr. Mackenna has served as technical lead for a number of crucial surface combatant studies and has helped shape standards and requirements for the future surface fleet. His efforts are dramatically improving the Requirements Determination, Concept Design and Concept Selection phases of the naval ship acquisition process. Additionally, he has taken a lead role in applying MDO to the selection of major shipboard systems, such as the comprehensive Study of Alternative Propulsion Systems required by Congress.
Mr. Mackenna’s performance thus far in his career demonstrates his obvious potential for continued distinction in naval engineering. His many successes already in his young career can be attributed to his exceptional technical abilities in developing and implementing multi-disciplinary, multi-objective design methods as well as his excellent leadership in building coalitions among engineers in various technical organizations. Mr. Mackenna has consistently demonstrated an ability to handle much greater responsibilities than those normally expected of an engineer at his experience level and he is already serving as a role model for other young naval engineers. Based on his already impressive accomplishments and his clear potential within the field of naval engineering, Mr. Mackenna is highly deserving of the Society’s 2007 Rosenblatt Award.