Mary Cullen

Vice President, Nuclear Propulsion

Mary Cullen

Mary Cullen 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 2016, she is responsible for overhaul engineering, reactor services, test engineering, radiological controls, construction and process engineering along with refueling production and nuclear support.

Cullen began her shipbuilding career in 1985 as an environmental engineer and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, including radiological control deputy director, production refueling and nuclear support superintendent, and construction director. Prior to being appointed to her current position, she led the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) inactivation.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology. Cullen is active in the community, serving on the board of directors at BayPort Credit Union and volunteering with Smithfield High School’s Athletic Association. She is also a member of the Parish Council at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Smithfield, Va.


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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 23,000 people, many of whom are third and fourth generation shipbuilders. For more information, please visit

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