Steve Swenson (Moderator)
Director, C4ISR and Air & Missile Defense, BlueHalo
CMSP Roundtable Webinar: The Importance of CMSP in Academia, Industry, and Government
Mr. Swenson began his career with the Navy in 1987 after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. He was a principle software engineer for the Weapons Analysis Facility – the Navy’s premier hardware-in-the-loop torpedo simulator – where he developed real-time models and signal processing algorithms, high fidelity computer graphics displays, and facility control software. In 1995, Mr. Swenson assumed the role of modeling and simulation action officer for the Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N091). Upon returning to NUWC in 1996, Mr. Swenson assumed the role of Chief Engineer for the Undersea Warfare Engineering Project Office where he worked closely with the submarine shipyards to ensure proper injection of NUWC technologies into the Virginia Class submarine. Mr. Swenson helped stand up the congressionally-mandated Design Improvement Proposal process for submarine technology insertion. At the same time, Mr. Swenson represented Navy to the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO) and the other Services in the transition of Navy simulations to the High Level Architecture (HLA). In 1999, Mr. Swenson was appointed as Head, Weapons Analysis Facility and Torpedo Lifecycle Support Facility Branch. In this role, he led nearly 40 government scientists and engineers in the development and advancement of critical undersea weapons support facilities. Mr. Swenson worked closely with the Office of Naval Research and university labs to develop the Torpedo Enterprise Advanced Modeling and Simulation (TEAMS) initiative which was to become the hallmark of undersea modeling and simulation. Also in 1999, Mr. Swenson stood up the Navy’s M&S standardization program under the Navy Modeling and Simulation Management Office. He also chaired the Navy’s Modeling and Simulation Standards Steering Group. In 2001, Mr. Swenson stood up the Undersea Vehicles Analysis group at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He was responsible for leading a team of analysts as they evaluated technologies for insertion into undersea weapons programs. In 2004, Mr. Swenson assumed the role of Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives DMSO in Alexandria, Va where he carried out modeling and simulation focused strategic initiatives for the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. In 2005, Mr. Swenson left government employ to assume the role of Chief Technical Officer of Ocean State Technologies Corp (OSTC) – a modeling and simulation and human systems integration company. In 2007, Mr. Swenson joined the AEgis Technologies Group, now BlueHalo; he is their Director, Eastern Operations. At AEgis, Mr. Swenson leads a high-performing team of engineers and scientists pushing the envelope on modeling and simulation, machine learning and DevOps. Mr. Swenson served as the President of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) and the President and Founder of the New England Modeling and Simulation Consortium.
Mr. Swenson has been published in several technical areas including real-time modeling of acoustic propagation, validation of hardware, distributed simulation systems, and modeling and simulation standards development. He is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Standards Agency, and the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO). He is the recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and many government outstanding performance awards.