Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Engineers Promote STEM and Shipbuilding Careers at Career Day Event


NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Engineers from Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division challenged future engineers during a career day event hosted at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. The shipyard co-hosted today's event with NASA Langley and the Peninsula Engineering Council (PEC) to broaden and reinforce students' interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and increase awareness and appreciation of engineering.

Twenty engineering disciplines—10 from NNS and 10 from NASA—were represented at the event to educate the more than 200 Peninsula high school students in attendance about career opportunities related to shipbuilding and aerospace exploration. The event concluded with a design challenge: build a boat and make it float. The material used: one roll of duct tape.

Jennifer Boykin, NNS' vice president of engineering and design, served as keynote speaker at the event. "All engineers enjoy a good challenge, and there is no better way to educate students than to engage them," she said. "We take every opportunity we can to promote the importance of STEM and the many rewarding engineering careers we offer at Newport News Shipbuilding."

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Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:

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