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Photo Release -- HII Shipbuilders Recognized for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Achievements



Photo Release -- HII Shipbuilders Recognized for Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math Achievements

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that 10 of the company's shipbuilders
were recognized for achievements in the fields of science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) during the 17^th annual Women of Color STEM
Conference. Five award-winners represent the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding
division, and five award winners represent HII's Newport News Shipbuilding
(NNS) division.

Michelle Avery
 Michelle Avery, recipient of
 the "Technology
 All-Star" award.

Sheila Dailey
 Sheila Dailey, recipient of
 the "Technology
 All-Star" award.

Christen McCray
 Christen McCray, recipient of
 the "Technology
 All-Star" award.

Tonia Powell
 Tonia Powell, recipient of
 the "Technology
 All-Star" award.

Carla Vaughan
 Carla Vaughan, recipient of
 the "Technology
 All-Star" award.

Vanessa Winchester
 Vanessa Winchester, recipient
 of the "Technology
 All-Star" award.

Ify Amene
 Ify Amene, recipient of the
 "Technology Rising
 Star" award.

Katrice Claverie
 Katrice Claverie, recipient
 of the "Technology
 Rising Star" award.

Janine Jones
 Janine Jones, recipient of
 the "Technology Rising
 Star" award.

Tira Woods
 Tira Woods, recipient of the
 "Technology Rising
 Star" award.

Photos accompanying this release are available at
http://media.globenewswire.com/hii/mediagallery.html?pkgid=15240

The recipients were honored during the conference held Oct. 11-13 at the
Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The conference provides a national forum to
celebrate the achievements of women in STEM, creates an environment for
professional networking and offers opportunities for role models to develop
and nurture professional mentoring relationships.

Six HII shipbuilders were recognized with "Technology All-Star" awards, which
recognize accomplished women of color from mid-level to advanced stages of
their careers who have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their
communities. They are:

Michelle Avery, a master performance coach at NNS' Management Development
Center. She is assigned to supply chain management and is responsible for
developing leaders, improving performance and engaging employees to take
ownership of their processes. Avery holds a bachelor's degree in industrial
engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and an MBA from Averett
University and is working on a doctorate in organizational leadership at
Regent University.

Sheila Dailey, an engineer at Ingalls. She investigates, designs and develops
electrical components and systems on DDG 51-class destroyers and oversees and
implements testing, operational milestones and key events. Dailey holds a
bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master's degree in workforce
training and development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Christen McCray, a senior electrical engineer at NNS. She is the technical
lead responsible for developing and managing the installation of command and
surveillance radars, weapons and defense systems aboard aircraft carriers
currently under construction and also serves as an engineering mentor. She
holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T
State University.

Tonia Powell, a project manager at Ingalls. When Powell was nominated for the
award, she worked as a facilities engineer. Her responsibilities included
leading and coordinating project teams comprising internal and external
organizations to complete a variety of projects for the facilities department.
The most recent was the completion of a multimillion dollar overhaul and
eradication project at a land-based test facility that required strategic
coordination, management and supervision. Powell has also developed and
executed several operations training programs. She holds an associate degree
in science and technology from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a
bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's
degree in information technology from American Intercontinental Online
University.

Carla Vaughan,an engineering supervisor at NNS. She leads a team of 12
engineers and designers who are responsible for numerous ship systems. Vaughan
works to promote the company's processes and best practices, serving as a core
member of several process improvement teams that have resulted in cost saving
implementations. Vaughan holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering
from Northwestern University.

Vanessa Winchester, a designer at Ingalls. Winchester works on both LPD and
NSC contracts, which requires knowledge of multiple software platforms. She
maintains the drawing sets for intakes and exhaust systems and works closely
with other engineers, planning and production teams. She is well-rounded in
the marine field, having worked for 30 years in the design field. She holds
numerous certifications, including a Six Sigma green belt.

Four HII shipbuilders received "Technology Rising Star" awards, which
recognize young women who are helping to shape technology for the future. They
are:

Ify Amene,a mechanical engineer at NNS. She researches, evaluates, models and
designs equipment and mounting methods for Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft
carriers and partners with suppliers and the Navy during the procurement
process. Amene holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the
University of Arizona.

Katrice Claverie, a project manager at Ingalls. Claverie manages the logistics
department's efforts to invoke requirements on subcontractors, educate and
coordinate subcontractors, work through technical difficulties and expedite
the receipt and approval of technical source documentation required to fulfill
contract requirements. Claverie organized, improved and automated the
logistics department's processes, contributing to the department's success in
meeting milestones and fulfilling contract requirements. She holds a
bachelor's degree in information systems and decision sciences from Louisiana
State University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.

Janine Jones, an electrical engineer at NNS. She has served as a team leader
for the next-generation cruiser electric plant, investigated ongoing research
of electric drive propulsion options for future applications, and completed
preliminary design of a U.S. naval land-base test facility, among other
duties. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the
University of Pittsburgh.

Tira Woods,a general foreman at Ingalls. She manages advanced-level
construction crews on a variety of vessels under construction for the Navy and
Coast Guard. Woods has managed more than 100 craft workers and controlled
operating budgets exceeding $2 million in the construction of the LHA, LPD and
LHD programs. She has attended a variety of trade, vocational and
college-level courses as well as industrial training in leadership techniques,
management, manufacturing and advanced process improvement evaluation. Woods
has also achieved a Six Sigma green belt.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California,
its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls
Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:

  * HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.com
  * HII on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuntingtonIngallsIndustries
  * HII on Twitter: twitter.com/hiindustries

The Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=9418
 

CONTACT: Christie Miller
         Christine.Miller@hii-co.com
         (757) 380-3581

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