Mentor of the Month: Stephen (Steve) Sorrells

Submitted by Mentee – Rick Grannan

160523-N-QI541-001Mr. Stephen (Steve) Sorrells (JXQR) is the May 2016 recipient of the NSWC Crane Mentor of the Month award! He was nominated by Mentee, Rick Grannan. His nomination states the following:

“Steve has worked at NSWC Crane for many years and has served in several of its disciplines. He has been a manager, a senior level logistician, and has an engineering degree. He is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Through his mentoring efforts, he positively influences our group when we have many challenges to overcome and he is always available to give guidance and support. On many occasions, Steve has been instrumental in creating a culture of support that has carried our group through new work efforts. Additionally, he has always promoted the can-do-attitude while supplying the critical knowledge to correctly accomplish the task. Continue reading


NSWC Crane Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

A brown bag presentation, which featured a discussion on Islam and Muslims in America, was held on Wednesday in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month.


Featured presenter Abdul K. Baram, Ph.D provided a presentation entitled “Islam and Muslims in America: Hope, Perspectives, and Challenges.” Presentation highlights included the essential principles and five pillars of Islam, Islam in America, the Koran and others. Continue reading

Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electronic Warfare (MSECE EW)

Three of the sixteen members of the MSECE EW cohort members participated in the Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) hooding Ceremony on Sunday, 8 May. Pictured above are (L-R) Tim Vance, Jawad Abuasabeh, and Brian Christensen. In mid-June, fifteen NSWC Crane civilian employees and one contractor will complete the last class of the first MSECE EW cohort which was assembled by Crane’s Workforce Development Branch and a consortium of three universities: IUPUI, Purdue, and Naval Post Graduate School.

EW cohort grad article

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NSWC Crane Employees Selected as SMART Program Participants

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employees David Emerson and Jason Davis have been selected as Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program PhD participants. They are the first Crane participants to be accepted into the program as PhD candidates.


Jason Davis and David Emerson


SMART Program recipients work for the government, and in this case, their books and tuition are paid for and they also receive a stipend from Crane that will apply to labor costs,” explained NSWC Crane University Liaison Dave Acton. “This is the first year that we’ve had Crane PhD participants in the program. We are looking forward to their participation and to their educational and research pursuits.”

SMART Program is a scholarship for service program that receives more than 3,000 applicants each year – with 300 applicants annually selected DoD-wide to participate. NSWC Crane’s focus within the program is on PhDs.

NSWC Crane Employees Elected to Serve on Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) Midwest Committee

Two Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) employees have recently been elected to serve on the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer Midwest Regional Committee.

NSWC Crane Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) and Technology Transfer (T2) Program Manager and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Manager Brooke Pyne has been elected to serve as the committee’s regional coordinator and NSWC Crane Agreements Administrator and ORTA Agreements Administrator Jenna Dix has been elected to serve as the committee’s deputy regional coordinator. Continue reading

Old Projectiles and a Hoosier Spy

Written By: Ted B Markley

In the diamond anniversary year of the Crane Military Complex, it is important to reflect on some of the surviving mementos of Crane’s history. With few exceptions, most of the ordnance relics from Crane’s early years have disappeared. Most have been eliminated due to safety concerns or painted a hideous blue to signify an inert condition.


18 Inch Experimental Projectile

Although neglected, the old projectiles in front of the Administration Building (Building One) are enduring and unique artifacts. It is altogether fitting that a naval activity with its roots in the ordnance business has such a monument at its front door[1].   While the symbolism is apt, the 18 inch experimental projectiles and their associated weapons systems were never used by the U.S. Navy. But, like much of the work associated with Crane, they reflect a world far beyond the installation boundary.

Immediately following World War I, world sentiment recoiled in shock at the carnage created by industrial era weapons. Meanwhile the victor nations sought to reset their armaments. In the early 1920s, the U.S. Navy was in the process of developing a new naval gun system. A prototype of the 18”/48 Mark 1 was about halfway completed when the Washington Naval Limitation Treaty of 1922 outlawed guns larger than 16”. Continue reading