Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport technical director Mary S. Wohlgemuth is the recipient of the Rhode Island Federal Employee of the Year Bud Gifford Leadership Award which is presented annually to a federal employee who has demonstrated exceptional leadership.
A member of the Senior Executive Service with a career spanning more than 32 years, Wohlgemuth has held a variety of challenging leadership positions of increasing executive responsibility in engineering and management, ranging in scope from a single Naval Warfare Center to a Department of the Navy-wide program.
As technical director, Wohlgemuth is responsible for stewarding NUWC Newport's technical capabilities to nurture science, technology, and innovation; executing human capital strategies and business operations; and providing oversight and liaison to optimize national work alignment decisions. Under her leadership, the command has a well-earned reputation for delivering highly efficient, effective, and affordable weapons systems to the Fleet. At the same time, Wohlgemuth remains dedicated to providing innovative undersea technologies that anticipate the needs of the Navy of tomorrow.
In addition to serving as the Technical Director at NUWC Newport, Wohlgemuth concurrently holds the position of Deputy Warranting Officer for Undersea Warfare Systems Engineering at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), where she reports directly to NAVSEA's Chief Engineer. She is accountable for all engineering and technical decision making for undersea warfare systems, including sensors, weapons, and combat control systems for the Navy.
A resident of West Greenwich, R.I., Wohlgemuth received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Providence College and a master of science degree in public affairs from Indiana University at Bloomington.