Dr. John DiCecco is DoD STEM Advocate of the Quarter

DiCecco is recognized for his efforts in STEM education and outreach programs and activities

March 1, 2018 - Dr. John DiCecco from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport Undersea Warfare (USW) Weapons, Vehicles, and Defensive Systems Department is honored as the 2018 first quarter winner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Scientist, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter Award. DiCecco is recognized for his efforts in STEM education and outreach programs and activities.

His efforts of leadership and mentorships are reflected in his commitments to Division Newport- sponsored outreach and in the greater Naval Sea Systems Command Community.

Dr. DiCecco has participated in many activities that help equip teachers and students with the resources they need in order to build their knowledge in STEM. Since 2009, Dr. DiCecco has actively participated in the expansion of the SeaPerch program and designed and developed advanced sensor applications for the SeaPerch platform. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that helps students build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Dr. DiCecco has also designed and developed the Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP), a three-week engineering intensive apprenticeship for high school students. He continues to be heavily involved in the planning and execution of Bring a Child to Work Day and Bring a Future Engineer to Work Day efforts. Dr. DiCecco goes above and beyond by volunteering his personal time and service to the community by judging at local and state science fairs and SeaPearch and robotics competitions.

By Toni Haynes