Retired Navy Rear Admiral and UMass alumnus Joseph A. Carnevale (’71, ChE), currently the senior defense advisor for the Shipbuilders Council of America, has endowed a scholarship for high school students from Pittsfield and/or Berkshire County entering the College of Engineering. In addition, Carnevale shared highlights from his extraordinary career and lessons to benefit tomorrow’s engineering leaders when he visited the College of Engineering in October. His clever talk was entitled “Avoiding the Draft, Trained to Lead, Building a Fleet.” How fitting is that! Carnevale has more than 30 years of high-level experience in building ships.
Currently, he represents the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) before Congress, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and other Federal agencies, applying his vast experience to defense acquisition issues. He focuses on ship maintenance and construction.
Prior to joining SCA in June of 2005, Mr. Carnevale led the professional services division of one of the fastest growing Fortune 500 companies. He served as Director of Fleet Maintenance for the Commander, Fleet Forces Command, where he addressed the complete range of fleet maintenance issues, as well as the recovery operation for USS COLE (DDG 67). As Program Executive Officer (DD 21) for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), he led the development of the next generation of U.S. Navy surface combatants. He has directly participated in the construction of six different ship classes.
After graduating from UMass Amherst in 1971, Mr. Carnevale joined the Navy "to avoid the draft," as he quips, participating in combat operations in Vietnam. He taught chemistry at the Naval Academy where he was recruited to become an Engineering Duty Officer and sent to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to earn two postgraduate degrees (M.S. Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering; Ocean Engineer’s Degree, 1980). He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in 1998.
Other Navy assignments included Executive Assistant to ASN(RD&A), Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, DASN(SHIPS) Director for Surface Combatants, AEGIS Area Commander, Pascagoula, and Test and Trials Officer for FFG 7 Class ship construction. (November 2012)