Title: Aerospace Engineering Executive (Retired), Military Officer (Retired)
Location: Tecumseh, Missouri, United States
Captain Michael Chase Davis, ScD, USN (Ret.), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.
A leading ship designer and former commanding officer for the U.S. Navy, Dr. Davis celebrates a career that not only brought him professional success, but also enabled him to leave behind a legacy to the U.S. military. He is highly regarded within his field for the contributions he made leading a design team of more than 400 engineers and designers in the preliminary design work for ballistic missile submarines capable of deploying submarine-launched ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads. These submarines, known as “tridents,” provide the sea-based leg of the U.S. nuclear triad. His expertise in engineering afforded Dr. Davis many opportunities to contribute to the design of many ships throughout his tenure. In addition to the trident submarine fleet, he led a team in designing the Ticonderoga Class guided-missile cruiser, known widely as the Aegis Cruiser. Today, it is the most recognizable surface combatant in the U.S. Navy inventory. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Davis was the recipient of multiple awards, most notably a Joint Service Commendation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense, an Award for Science Achievement from the Bureau of Ships, a Daughter of the American Revolution Award for Seamanship, and a Decorated Legion of Merit. The highlight of Mr. Davis’ career was winning the D.W. Taylor Award for Science Achievement annual prize for his hydrodynamic wave research at the David Taylor Naval Ship Center.
Dr. Davis enlisted in the Navy in the early 1950s to give back to his country and receive a great education. Over the next 18 years, he would advance through grades to Captain by demonstrating a well-rounded skill set that included integrity and professionalism in all that he did. After returning to civilian life, Dr. Davis worked in military-related roles. Notably, he was a design superintendent for the Mare Island Shipyard, a systems analyst for the Office Assistant of the Secretary of Defense and commanding officer of the David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center. Later, he became a program manager for Science Applications, Inc. followed by program manager and director for Lockheed Martin. Outside of his professional work, Dr. Davis dedicated many years to also working as a content publisher for the Ovarian Cancer Center’s website.
A member of the IEEE and the U.S. Naval Institute, Dr. Davis notes that his success comes from more than just his military experience. He attributes his accomplishments to the education that enabled to take his interest in science and transform it into an expertise in engineering. He holds an ScD, a Master of Science and a Master of Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. In looking to the future, Dr. Davis intends to enjoy his well-deserved retirement.
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