B.S. Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1986
M.S. Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2004
Ron Murray is the vice president of Quality at Newport News Shipbuilding, the nation’s sole builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies that builds nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy. Named to this position in 2012, he is responsible for the shipyard’s quality assurance, quality control and compliance policies and programs. He also oversees the planning, development and enforcement of comprehensive and integrated quality and continuous improvement across the shipyard.
Mr. Murray, a native of Virginia, began his professional career with NKF Engineering as a shock and vibration engineer supporting several different shipbuilding programs. After three years, Mr. Murray returned to his hometown and began his career at Newport News Shipbuilding, following three generations of Murrays before him. He has held several roles of increasing responsibility in the areas of design, construction and maintenance of submarines. During this time he was most notably the manager of the SUBSAFE Program responsible for the oversight and certification of all submarine pressure hull fabrication and all submarine sea connected systems. In 2009, Mr. Murray was promoted to director of quality assurance. In this role he was responsible for quality assurance activities for all submarine and aircraft carrier construction and maintenance across the Newport News Shipbuilding enterprise.
Mr. Murray serves on the Board of Directors for VersAbility Resources, as well as the Foundation Board for Riverside Health Systems, and is a member of the American Society for Quality and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.