Mike Shawcross is vice president of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Carrier Construction and Ford-class support programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va.
Named to this position in 2010, Shawcross is responsible for the engineering, planning, and construction on the second ship of the Ford-class, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). He is also responsible for the Ford-class engineering and planning programs.
Prior to his current position, Shawcross served as vice president of carrier construction for the Gerald R. Ford-class. In addition to his responsibilities on the Ford-class, in 2009 Shawcross assumed responsibility for the USS George H. W. Bush post shakedown availability, a maintenance period that follows the ship's delivery to the Navy. The ship was redelivered to the Navy in January 2010.
He began his career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1980 as a nuclear test engineer and has held a number of leadership positions during his career in Program Management, Engineering, and Business Development. Assignments have included Program Director for Ford-class Propulsion Plant, Program Director for the George H. W. Bush, Engineering Manager for the Ford-class Propulsion Plant Design, and Director for Naval Marketing/Business Development.
Shawcross earned a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Navy League of the United States and the Surface Navy Association.
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.