Director of the Ship Systems & Engineering Research Division ONR
Dr. Thomas Fu is the Director of the Ship Systems & Engineering Research Division in
the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department of the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He is
responsible for research programs advancing hull, mechanical and electrical systems, as
well as the National Naval Responsibility for Naval Engineering. The division provides
options for advanced power systems aboard ship (e.g. alternative fuel, shipboard fuel
cells, energy storage, distribution, and control), signatures control for surface and
subsurface vessels, structural reliability and lifecycle management, hydrodynamic
stability/efficiency, advanced propulsors, and metamaterials and thermal management.
Dr. Thomas C. Fu entered the Senior Executive Service in September 2015. His 27 years of
Federal Civilian Service began in 1988 at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock
Division (NSWCCD) working part-time as a mechanical engineer while in graduate
school. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1993, he became a full-time research engineer. In
2001, Dr Fu was promoted to Senior Research Engineer and then subsequently Group
Leader then Division Head. In 2010, he became Deputy Head of the Hydromechanics
Department, which became the Naval Architecture & Engineering Department in 2012.
The Naval Architecture & Engineering Department is comprised of approximately 650
engineers, scientists, and other personnel and serves as the Navy's technical capability for
surface and undersea vehicle hull forms and propulsors. Dr. Fu provided day to day
operational and technical management, as well as served as the Department’s Director of
Science & Technology and Naval Engineering Education Center Program Manager.
During his 26 year tenure at NSWCCD, Dr. Fu lead a research group focused on nonacoustic
hydrodynamics and authored over 130 technical publications. In October 2014,
Dr. Fu became a Program Officer in the in the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at
Dr. Fu earned a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from Purdue University
in 1984, a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the Scripps
Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego in 1988, and a Ph.D. in
Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Dr. Fu was a George
Washington University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Visiting
Scholar in 2013, and an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University in
2014. From 2012 to 2014 he was an Oregon State University adjunct faculty member. Dr.
Fu has also taught undergraduate and graduate Mechanical Engineering courses at the
University of Maryland.
In 2013, Dr. Fu was named Asian American Engineer of the Year by the Chinese Institute
of Engineers-USA. His other awards include a Meritorious Unit Commendation and the
David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. Dr. Fu also currently serves as the
Chairman of the 28th International Towing Tank Conference Resistance Committee and
the 20th International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress Environment Committee.
He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine
Engineering, Journal of Ship Research and the American Society of Mechanical
Engineering, Journal of Offshore, Marine and Arctic Engineering.
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