Women in Defense - New England Shoreline Chapter

Member Spotlight


Priya Hicks

Program Manager for Independent Research and Development (IR&D) at Electric Boat

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Priya Hicks is currently the Program Manager for Independent Research and Development (IR&D) at Electric Boat, in charge of EB’s portfolio of internal research and development projects.  As part of her role for IR&D, Priya is actively involved in EB’s partnership with University of Connecticut and University of Rhode Island to establish the National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology.  She enjoys working with internal EB subject matter experts and showing them current research at the universities that could enhance the submarine’s capability.  

Priya joined Electric Boat in 2007 in hydrodynamics and has worked in ship signatures and fluid mechanics. In her role in engineering, Ms. Hicks was in charge of the control surface downselection process for the COLUMBIA Class.  Prior to her current role in IR&D, Priya was the Stern Major Area Team Lead for the new COLUMBIA class submarine design.  Priya has her Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University.


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Despina Metakos  -  Christina Clark - Sharon Manville - Mary O'Sullivan