Barry Fletcher is vice president of the nuclear propulsion program at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. Appointed to this position in 2010, he is responsible for nuclear engineering services and test engineering as well as propulsion plant construction and test engineering. He also has overall responsibility for NNS' industrial subcontract at the Kenneth A. Kesselring Site, a research and development facility in upstate New York that supports the U.S. Navy's nuclear propulsion program.
He joined Newport News in 1979 as an associate engineer and has held a number of positions during his career including electrical engineer, nuclear test engineer, chief nuclear test engineer and manager of nuclear test engineering. He most recently served as director of nuclear engineering.
Fletcher earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech in 1979.
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. NNS also provides fleet services for naval ships and recently expanded its nuclear and manufacturing expertise into Department of Energy and alternative energy business ventures. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, the shipyard's vast facilities span more than 550 acres along two miles of waterfront on the historic James River. It is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, employing more than 20,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.