A native of Newport News, Virginia, and a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area, Dr. Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli is a fourth-generation professional in shipbuilding and naval engineering and a professional engineer in Virginia. Prior to her arrival to ODU, where she joined the faculty in 2012, Michaeli had nearly 15 years of professional experience addressing complex challenges for the U.S. Navy and partnering nations from concept development through contract design, construction, test and evaluation and the fielding of high-performance manned and unmanned marine platforms and associated technologies.
She excels in new-technology development, leading challenging programs that require close collaboration of diverse team members, development of complex, highly integrated systems and rapid product delivery. Michaeli has been the recipient of several naval awards including the RADM Melville award for technical excellence and the Lester Rosenblatt “Young Naval Engineer” award.
Since her arrival at ODU she has served as a leader on grants from the Navy and the shipbuilding industry totaling $3.3 million and was awarded the Batten College of Engineering and Technology Excellence in Research award. She has published 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings; developed new undergraduate and graduate courses in naval architecture and marine engineering; enthusiastically mentors engineering students; and promotes advances in curriculum, lab infrastructure, and collaborative partnerships across academia, the Navy and industry.
She is highly regarded by leadership in the Navy and the shipbuilding industry for her knowledge in ship design, shipbuilding and naval engineering, and her passion and professionalism toward expanding the naval-engineering workforce by building a strong academic pipeline that reaches into K-12 and extends post-employment for continuing education. She is adamant that the United States maintain its presence as a superior naval power and recognizes that this can only be achieved through inspiring and mentoring future generations to the field of naval engineering. Michaeli believes that Old Dominion University, located in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia and home to numerous Naval facilities as well as ship design, shipbuilding and ship repair companies, is uniquely positioned to become a thriving research center and academic hub for naval and marine engineering.
Of her selection for 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award, Michaeli said: “I am very proud to represent Old Dominion University for this award and grateful to those across the university, the Navy and the marine industry for their mentorship and support, not only for me, but for our shared vision to establish a vibrant hub for marine-centric research and higher education right here in Hampton Roads.”