Kowalski's submarine systems work wins Copernicus Award

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PORTSMOUTH — Norman Kowalski of Portsmouth, a technical program manager at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, has been selected as the winner of a 2013 Copernicus Award.

This award, sponsored by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute, recognizes the extraordinary contributions of professionals in the command, control, communications, computers and intelligence  information systems and information technology fields in the naval services.

Mr. Kowalski, who works in the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems Department, is an originator of and currently serves as the technical program manager of the Submarine Local Area Network (SubLAN) program, a key enabler in providing network-centric warfare for Navy submarines, network paths for  administrative and tactical information distribution, as well as network services to onboard subsystems.

The  program, deployed on most U.S. submarines, provides a reliable, high-speed, multi-level Local Area Network and related services.

Kowalski has led the SubLAN program since its inception in 1998 to today's fleet-wide use and support.  "His management and technical expertise have been essential to the program's success," the award states.

Mr. Kowalski holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master of science in information systems management from Salve Regina University.

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