NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that three women at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division were recognized by the Manufacturing Institute for their achievements in science, technology, engineering and production.

STEP Ahead Award Recipients
(Left to right) Newport News Shipbuilding employees Kelli Gilliam, Marissa Webb and Danyelle Saunders were honored at the 2018 STEP Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the National Association of Manufacturers

The STEP Ahead Awards highlight the accomplishments of women at all levels of the manufacturing industry who exemplify leadership and demonstrate excellence in their careers. The program was created to encourage women to mentor and support the next generation of female talent to pursue manufacturing careers.

The employees were among 130 women honored during an awards reception in Washington, D.C. They are:

Saunders, an engineering manager responsible for strategic and tactical planning, and design and implementation of office and warehouse rehabilitations and new construction projects, was recognized as a STEP Ahead Award honoree.

Gilliam, a craft instructor at The Apprentice School and welding foreman, and Webb, the lead industrial engineer on the John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) aircraft carrier construction program, were recognized as emerging leaders.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 39,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: