Work and personal life – the two sides of the scale that every employee, boss, team leader and executive has to deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes the “work” side of the scale increases, causing the “life” side to decrease, and vice versa. Ultimately, the two must work together to find balance in each individual’s respective 24-hour day.
For Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Senior Systems Engineer for the High Energy Lasers Counter Air Program Bruce Leaman, he and the approximately 30 people from all Naval Sea Systems Command warfare centers and leaders of industry and academia that made the corrosion failure investigation team sacrificed balance to protect and serve the warfighter.
The Solid State Laser Technology Maturation program was installed on the USS Portland in mid-2021. Before the program could roll out, Leaman and his team needed to determine the causes of the corrosion failure in the system, the solutions for restoration, and the prevention of any future failure.
“They established the corrosion failure investigation team and review board in early April 2021, with restoration needed for deployment later that summer,” recalled Leaman, who was chair of the review committee. “The majority of the team was disbanded around June. There were additional breakdowns that occurred after the initial breakdown which meant additional work with additional corrosion leaks that we had to fix. an impact on additional restoration efforts to restore system functionality and make changes to water chemistry before the system departs for deployment.
These months with the team showed a significant shift in the “work/life” scale, as the team worked around the clock to correct failures and prevent future problems. For his work with the team, Leaman received the Dr. Delores M. Etter Award for Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year as a winning team member. The award recognizes scientists and engineers who have demonstrated superiority in their achievements and who are technically outstanding, according to the award nomination material.
“Truly, I don’t normally care about awards, but my father passed away while I was working on the project,” Leaman said. “Winning this award means so much more because of that. It was a truly amazing team and incredible effort.
An outside organization named Leaman as a member of the Corrosion Failure Investigation Team, one of only two winning teams that collaborated within the Naval Research and Development Establishment.