Jennifer Boykin

Vice President, Engineering and Design

Jennifer Boykin

Jennifer Boykin is vice president of Engineering and Design for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Named to this position in 2012, Boykin is responsible for all ship design, planning yard and topside construction and test engineering.

Prior to this position, Boykin served as vice president of Quality, Engineering Services and Process Excellence and was responsible for the formulation, management and oversight of the quality and process excellence programs, policies, goals and objectives. She joined the company in 1987 in the nuclear engineering division and has held progressively responsible positions, including director of facilities and waterfront support, program manager for the nuclear engineering division, and construction superintendent for the aircraft carrier program during construction of the USS John C. Stennis and USS Harry S. Truman.

A native of St. Louis, Boykin earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a master’s degree in engineering management from The George Washington University. Boykin is a graduate of the LEAD Virginia Program and Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce leadership program. She currently serves as Chair of the Executive Control Board for the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) and is a member of the LEAD Virginia Board of Directors and VCU School of Engineering Foundation Board. Boykin has also served on Boards for the American Red Cross and YMCA, and Engineering Advisory Boards for both Old Dominion University and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Boykin has received the Newport News Shipbuilding President’s Model of Excellence Award for leadership, the Engineering Manager of the Year Award from the American Society for Engineering Management, the Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA South Hampton Roads, and the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the USMMA.


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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

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