Austin Alvarez, P.E., is a Staff Engineer and the Technical Leader for shock and structures development at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT. He manages the next-generation U.S.-U.K. Common Missile Compartment Shock System Integration Team and the Virginia Payload Tube Bow Redesign Structures and Shock Integration Team. An expert in submarine structures and underwater shock technology, Mr. Alvarez has contributed toward the development and implementation of such innovations as the VIRGINIA Class Bow Redesign Payload Tube System, the VIRGINIA Class Modular Isolated Deck structures, the SEAWOLF Propulsor, the LOS ANGELES Class Vertical Launch System and OHIO Class isolation concepts. He was technical leader of the design, reconstitution and recertification of Electric Boat’s three submarine graving docks. During his 40-year career with Electric Boat, Mr. Alvarez has held various engineering and managerial positions of increasing authority, published 22 scholarly archival articles and received numerous awards, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Shock & Vibration, the 2008 Electric Boat Distinguished Shipbuilder Award and the 2005 General Dynamics Technology Excellence Award. He earned his B.S. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering (’68) and his MBA from RPI, Troy, NY in 1988.