Chief of Naval Research, Rear Admiral David Hahn

Raised in Tampa, Florida, Rear Admiral David Hahn graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with distinction in 1985, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University and has completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in International Security Affairs.The Chief of Naval Research (CNR) serves as the Naval STEM Executive at the direction of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN(RD&A)). The Naval STEM Executive provides direction over the Naval STEM Coordination Office and serves as Executive Secretary of the Naval STEM Executive Board.

Prior to command, he served at sea aboard USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN 633), USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) and USS Springfield (SSN 761), deploying to the North Atlantic and Western Pacific, as well as conducting several strategic deterrent patrols.

Ashore, he served as flag lieutenant to Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy; squadron engineer, Submarine Development Squadron 12; action officer, Joint Staff in the Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Directorate; and, legislative fellow on the staff of U.S. Senator John Warner.

Hahn commanded the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) from September 2003 to January 2007. In command, he deployed to the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, and conducted an Engineered Overhaul in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Since becoming an acquisition professional in 2007, he has served as Joint Test and Evaluation test director and program manager, Advanced Submarine Research and Development. He most recently served as major program manager, Submarine Combat and Weapon Control Systems program.

Hahn has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit awards.


Director of Education and Workforce, Dr. Michael Simpson

Dr. Michael Simpson is Director of Education and Workforce (E & W) in the Office of Naval Research (ONR) 03R. The mission of ONR’s E & W is to ensure access to workers with needed diverse and agile STEM competencies, where and when needed, using approaches with measurable positive benefits. Under Dr. Simpson’s direction of ONR’s E&W are several complementary components: Laboratory Workforce Initiatives (e.g., internships including the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program and Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program, and Sabbatical Leave and Summer Faculty programs); Naval STEM Coordination activities; ONR STEM initiatives (e.g., ONR STEM grants, and awards such as the Naval Science Awards Program); participation in the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship); Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions; participation in the DoD Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarship-for-service program, and involvement with the DoD Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration program; and all the vital Naval STEM Stakeholders performing DON STEM in their research and everyday communities. Dr. Simpson coordinates Naval STEM efforts with other components of the Department of Defense, other entities of the Federal Government and other governments, and with members of the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

Dr. Simpson previously chaired the STEM Council of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a company then of 98,000 people in 70 countries. Harnessing IT and educational expertise, Michael focused corporate and customer attention to the workforce and community benefits and responsibilities of corporate commitments to STEM outreach, education, and worker development through global webinars, in-person sessions, presentations at conferences (including the first US News STEM Solutions conference). Partnerships and networking were essential components and activities.

Dr. Simpson also co-chaired CSC’s Diversity Council, functionally linking STEM and diversity workforce development and results.

DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program pairs a mentor (a Federal prime contractor) to help a protégé company thrive. Dr. Simpson worked with several protégé STEM-based small-businesses that benefited DoD, the companies and workers, and society.

Dr. Simpson taught 59 sessions of upper-division/ graduate level Science Policy courses as an adjunct professor at the Washington Center. He also maintained direct connection with grass-roots STEM by leading several science fair events in the National Capital area.

Michael’s media, communications, and crisis management training, going back to his first radio series on energy issues in the SF Bay Area in the second oil crisis, are capabilities that have been used to help guide the Public Affairs offices of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and of the US Air Force, and that will be used to enhance Naval and ONR STEM communications.

Dr. Simpson’s analysis and communications capabilities have also been demonstrated at many conference and presentations, including the annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and sessions of the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education, and US News and STEMconnector meetings.

Michael for 25 years advised Members and staff of the US Congress about STEM and policy issues as a leader in the US Congressional Research Service, leading both the Life Sciences and Biomedical Policy sections, and professional staff member of the Science Committee of the US House of Representatives.

Dr. Simpson began his STEM policy work on Capitol Hill in 1981 when he was selected as the American Association for the Advancement of Science/ CRS Science Fellow for that year.

Michael’s interdisciplinary expertise that he brings to Naval and ONR STEM leadership is suggested by his earned Doctor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering degree from UCLA, Master of Science in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, Master of Science in Biological Sciences from USF, and Artis Baccalaureate in Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley.

Contact Dr. Simpson: michael.m.simpson1@navy.mil