NMC Members & Community Partner News

Electronic Warfare Simulator Trains the Navy

Press release from RDSI; June 1, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - RDSI, a professional services company serving the defense industry, releases its newest version of EWPro™ 20/20, an electronic warfare simulation software. The Navy has been using EWPro for more than 25 years and it is responsible for successfully training multiple generations of sailors.

The software solves the challenge of giving sailors real world warfare experience by offering training in a safe and simulated environment. The software has evolved and continues to adapt to the ever-changing global threats and challenges that service men and women face.

The affordable software provides portable, standalone, and networked training solutions for both individualized and collective team training environments and supports multiple tactical platform configurations, while interfacing with existing simulation and training systems.

Past President and RDSI Board Member Robert Kenner notes, “This software is just as relevant today as it was years ago due to its ease of use. It has been a central technology solution from RDSI for all these years and it helps maintain a highly skilled workforce throughout a service member’s career.”

For more information about EWPro, download the EWPro specification sheet and informational overview at www.rdsi.com/Products.

About RDSI:
RDSI is a professional services company performing a wide range of engineering, technical, training, monitoring and program and fiscal management services, solving problems for the Government, Public Safety and Commercial Innovation customers. As a respected member of America’s Defense community, RDSI pioneered training and simulation with EWPro™ for the US Navy and recently launched EWPro 20/20 further innovating and solving more modern challenges for the defense industry. Additionally, the company develops monitoring solutions for the US Navy with MRTS-ES, RDSI's multi-screen Multi-purpose Reconfigurable Training System for Electronic Warfare Support. RDSI also designs, builds, and tests TACAMO Strategic HEMP (High Altitude Electromagnet Pulse) Communications Shelters.  RDSI is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) employing almost 100 team members who are dedicated to the delivery of products and services our customers and teammates are proud of, while providing our team members with a professional work environment they will value during their careers. RDSI is headquartered in McLean, VA, and has branch offices in San Diego, CA, Middletown, RI, and Pawcatuck, CT. To learn more, go to www.rdsi.com  


Submarine Force Museum to reopen after more than a year

The Middletown Press; May 25, 2021

GROTON — The Submarine Force Museum, which contains the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, will reopen to visitors Wednesday after shuttering for more than a year during the pandemic.

The organization plans to hold a grand opening celebration on June 4, the museum said in a statement.

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Ørsted and Eversource announce partnership with local fishermen

The Day; May 19, 2021

Joint-venture partners Ørsted and Eversource, the companies working with the state on a $235 million overhaul of State Pier in New London, have announced a collaboration with Waterford-based marine services provider Sea Services North America and its partner fishermen in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Ørsted says the agreement marks the first time an offshore wind developer and a commercial fishing consortium have signed a substantial commercial contract in the history of U.S. offshore wind.

The partnership, Ørsted and Eversource said in a statement, supports scouting and safety work — safe navigation in and around the companies’ planned Northeast offshore wind farms projects, including the 704-megawatt Revolution Wind project serving Rhode Island and Connecticut, the 132-megawatt South Fork Wind serving Long Island and the 924-megawatt Sunrise Wind project serving New York.

“We believe strongly that offshore wind can coexist with all ocean users, including the region’s commercial and recreational fishing fleets,” David Hardy, chief executive officer of Ørsted Offshore North America, said in a statement. “Our expanded collaboration with Sea Services will help us as we strive to achieve that coexistence, with the valuable support from fishermen who know the area’s waters best.”

Sea Services North America was co-founded by Waterford attorney Gordon Videll and Gary Yerman, the founder and owner of New London Seafood Distributors in New London.



New England Seafood Distributors is an NMC Member.


Groton company gets spotlight for connection to offshore wind

The Day; April 24, 2021

New London — It’s called the ThayerCat, a catamaran-style power boat being converted into an autonomous unmanned marine vessel that can do things like monitor marine mammals and help mitigate noise during construction of offshore wind turbine platforms.

That was one of several innovative projects on display during a tour of Groton-based ThayerMahan on Friday, a 5-year-old company that U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, called “one of the most exciting new companies in the state of Connecticut.”

ThayerMahan is also a company that stands to benefit from the reinvigoration of the offshore wind industry under President Joe Biden. Biden’s administration has said it plans to accelerate permitting and boost financing for offshore wind farms.

ThayerMahan is performing high-tech seabed surveillance work with cutting-edge technology and recently was selected to receive a share of the $8 million made available by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium for its work with undersea cables, a project that could help reduce impacts on the ocean environment of work proposed by the offshore wind industry.

Courtney was joined on Friday’s visit by ThayerMahan CEO Mike Connor, Ørsted Offshore North America CEO David Hardy and others to talk about opportunities in clean energy manufacturing, particularly connected to the offshore wind industry.

ThayerMahan is contracted to perform work for Ørsted, the company that has joined with Eversource in development of several offshore wind farms and contributing more than $77.5 million toward the modernization of State Pier in New London.

Connor said the Groton company, which performs some work for the government, sea bed surveys and underwater infrastructure inspections, works with the submarine and shipbuilding community and expects ongoing maintenance work associated with marine projects to ensure environmental compliance as well as marine mammal safety.  MORE>>>


BlueTech Company,
ThayerMahan, Experiences Meteoric Growth in Groton

Groton Economic Development; April 21, 2021

In March, ThayerMahan, a Groton-based BlueTech company was awarded part of $8 million in federal funding for offshore wind research and development. The company is a leader in Groton's BlueTech industry and one of several growing in the region.

ThayerMahan was founded by Navy veterans concerned with growing undersea threats. "It became clear that we needed to find ways to supplement the Navy and Coast Guard's mission with marine awareness and unmanned systems," said Richard Hine, co-founder and COO of ThayerMahan.  MORE...


Meet CCAT's New Chief Technology Officer - Dr. Jacquelynn Garofano

CCAT Press Release; April 5, 2021

ccat Dr Jackie Garafano CTO

We are proud to announce Dr. Jacquelynn (Jackie) Garofano has joined the CCAT team in the position of Chief Technology Officer. A press release went out to the media today.
Jackie joins us after a nearly decade-long career at Raytheon Technologies and two decades of materials research experience.
“I am thrilled to join Ron and the team at CCAT. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to play an integral role in developing the company’s technical vision, strategic direction and future growth," says Jackie. 
As CTO, Jackie will focus on developing and directing new technology projects and programs in collaboration with our partner organizations: federal agencies, national labs and consortiums, universities, global industrial corporations and subject matter experts.  
Jackie began her career as a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) in 2011. Leveraging her materials engineering expertise, she solved technical challenges, provided failure investigation, and developed innovative technologies for the company’s aerospace and building industries. At UTRC, she was a driving force behind utilization of combinatorial high throughput methodology to rapidly execute and assess multivariable design of experiments, focusing on materials informatics approaches, for advanced materials development (including additive manufacturing) and corrosion mitigation. She has 11 technical publications to her credit, including the Applied Physics Letters, the Journal of Materials Science, the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and Additive Manufacturing, and holds two U.S. patents.

We're excited to have Jackie on the CCAT team! Her broad technical expertise, and her deep understanding of partner organizations, will be an asset to our partnerships, programs and workshops.

Connect with Jackie on LinkedIn or via email at [email protected].

Cirtronics to highlight Transition to Manufacturing services at MD+M | BIOMEDigital’s Virtual Live Event

Cirtronics; April 1, 2021

Milford, NH

Cirtronics is sponsoring the Product Development track at this year’s MD+M | BIOMEDigital event on April 6-7, 2021. Engaging early with partners is vital in the product development process. At Cirtronics, early engagement includes progressing medical devices through our Transition to Manufacturing (T2M) facility and services. T2M accelerates the product’s seamless move to manufacturing and shortens time to market.

Jim McCall, Director of Manufacturing, “T2M optimizes product build processes before moving into production, creating an efficient transfer to manufacturing and consistent results.” McCall continues, “By leveraging early access to engineers and process equipment in our T2M facility, we’re able to optimize the build for production. Working with our supply chain experts, we review the bill of material and create a sourcing strategy that aligns with the specific needs of our customer. Our T2M services accelerate the transition of complex systems to full-scale production here in our FDA registered facility. T2M saves money by avoiding line stoppages, and build adjustments once we’re in full production.”

These services strengthen complex system builds, including medical devices that incorporate lasers and optics that have exacting quality and regulatory requirements.

Let us put our expertise, expanded T2M space, and quality-intensive manufacturing to work for you.  For more information about Cirtronics, visit our website.


About Cirtronics

Cirtronics, located in the Greater Boston area, offers expertise and experience manufacturing low to mid volume complex systems. Cirtronics thrives in the exacting details and intensive quality requirements of highly regulated markets including medical technology, robotics, security, defense, and industrial. Cirtronics’ fully integrated and responsive services are tailored to the needs of each customer. We call this Precision Engagement®. We think you’ll call it refreshing. For more information visit www.cirtronics.com. Cirtronics is FDA Registered, ITAR Registered, ISO 9001 and 13485 Certified, and a Woman-Owned Small Business.


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