Rolf Bartschi is vice president for Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) construction at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Appointed to this position in 2010, he is responsible for program management, planning and construction for the first ship of the new Gerald R. Ford-class.
Bartschi began his career with the shipyard in 1981 as a test engineer in the fast attack submarine new construction program and has held a number of positions, including engineering manager of nuclear test for submarine new construction; nuclear construction superintendent of new construction carriers; director of nuclear services and testing; and director of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer. He most recently served as vice president of waterfront nuclear engineering and test and chief nuclear engineer.
Originally from New York, Bartschi earned a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and moved to Virginia to begin his career at the shipyard. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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.