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Carnevale Receives Prestigious Frank G. Law Award

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) has presented alumnus Joseph A. Carnevale – a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy retired, the senior defense advisor for the Shipbuilders Council of America, and a 1971 alum of the Chemical Engineering Department – with its 2013 Frank G. Law Award, given annually since 1980 in recognition of long-term significant contributions of service to the society. A longtime supporter of the college, Carnivale has created an endowed scholarship fund here, is a frequent guest speaker, and serves on the UMass Rising Campaign Committee for the D.C. region. The ASNE citation said in part that “Over more than three decades of active involvement with the society, Rear Admiral Joe Carnevale has frequently and reliably stepped forward to assume leadership and volunteer positions to support the society and its mission in a wide variety of roles and circumstances.” 

The citation added that “His participation, insightful leadership, and extensive familiarity with the community that ASNE serves have enabled him to be a positive force for change and improvement in many different aspects of the society’s operations.”

The Frank G. Law Award was presented by Captain Glenn M. Ashe, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and president of ASNE, at the ASNE Annual Honors Gala on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

In its press release about the Law Award, ASNE said that “Carnevale has been an active and loyal worker on behalf of ASNE for many years, with a record of outstanding service and dedication. He has been an ASNE member since 1979, was president of ASNE, has been a speaker, panelist, or moderator at numerous ASNE national events, and has served on several committees.” 

Carnevale represents the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) before Congress, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and other Federal agencies, applying over 30 years of experience to defense acquisition issues. He focuses on ship maintenance and construction.

Prior to joining the SCA in June of 2005, 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 combatant. He has directly participated in the construction of six different ship classes.

After graduating from UMass Amherst in 1971, Carnevale joined the Navy, participating in combat operations in Vietnam. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning two postgraduate degrees (M.S. Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineer’s Degree, 1980). He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1998.

Carnevale recently created a scholarship fund at UMass Amherst to support students from Pittsfield High School in Massachusetts who are entering or enrolled in the College of Engineering.

Carnevale also received another award on October 8, when the Marine Machinery Association (MMA) presented him with the 2013 Jack Flannigan award at MMA’s 29th Annual Meeting in Newport News, Virginia. The award is MMA’s highest honor and is named after Jack Flannigan, who founded MMA in 1984. Carnevale received the award for his years of service to the maritime industry both as a Navy officer and his work encouraging various maritime associations to work together more frequently and effectively to promote the maritime industry. (March 2014)

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