About Despina Metakos
Despina Metakos is a Senior Manufacturing Representative in the Manufacturing Engineering Department at General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Rhode Island and is tasked with the development, research, design, and procurement of special tools, fixtures and other manufacturing aids required to improve and facilitate construction.
Prior to joining Manufacturing Engineering, she worked in the GDEB COLUMBIA Program Office where she developed the process by which cost containment items are tracked and adjudicated for a $7B program.
While in the Program Office, Despina was asked by the Vice President of Quality and Radiological controls to join his Supplier Quality and Integrity Team. The team is tasked with visiting all GDEB top tier suppliers, around the world, to convey the importance of first time quality for all products and services delivered to GDEB.
Prior to joining GDEB in 2016, Despina spent 25 years working at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation; sixteen years as a Traffic Engineer and the last nine as a Program Manager responsible for several statewide Highway Safety programs. She wrote, directed and produced a Public Service Announcement for the statewide Motorcycle Safety Program - Impaired Riding campaign and was nominated for an Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for this work. Alas, she did not win but wishes she had!
Early in her engineering career she saved an elderly man’s home from condemnation. The effort taught her the most significant lesson she has ever learned: impacts always extend far beyond the reach of the shovel -- look for them!
When she’s not working, she enjoys golfing with her husband Cody and spending time with family, friends and all 250 pounds of her two Newfoundland dogs; Daphne and Buddy.
Conceived, researched and developed innovative staging solutions that minimize schedule impact, reduce labor costs and improve operational efficiency for construction of horizontal hull sections.
Assumed responsibility of the CLB Program Office Cost Containment process in early 2017. Immediately recognized lack of centralized data system and developed the process, procedure and database to track all cost containment items and revisions, centralizing all data associated with cost containment items for the CLB Program Office. Worked directly with the Navy customer to develop standard reports; allowing them to easily monitor cost containment activities for the $7B project in a single location. Reports are sent directly to the customer on a bi-weekly basis and meetings are conducted to discuss these items weekly; drastically reduced span time to approve financial changes from months to weeks.
SUPPLIER QUALITY AND INTEGRITY BRIEFING TEAM
Selected by the Vice President of Quality and Radiological Controls, to join his Supplier Quality and Integrity Briefing Team as a motivational speaker. Tasked with conveying the importance of first time quality in all products and services provided to EB by top tier EB Suppliers and EB Employees from the family ashore perspective.
DEVELOPED MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PROGRAM FOR STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
Wrote, produced and directed Rider Education public awareness video to re-educate the motoring public “Who’s the Biker?”
Wrote, produced and directed Impaired Riding public awareness video to reach the motorcycling public on the impacts of impaired riding
Nominated for EMMY® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2014 for this work
DRAFTED AND PASSED LEGISLATION THAT MADE RHODE ISLAND ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE $500K TO SUPPORT DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM
I drafted the modified legislation required to meet grant funding criteria for a $500K federal grant for Distracted Driving. The legislation passed, I applied for funding and RI was one of only 5 states that met the qualifications to receive this funding.
ADDITIONAL RIDOT ACHIEVEMENTS AS HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAM MANAGER
Initiated the design, installation and use of the first Fiber Optic Closed Loop System in Rhode Island.
Applied for and received 10 pairs of licensed narrowband radio frequencies to communicate with traffic signals in closed loop systems from the FCC, without assistance from a consultant. The first to do so in the northeast.
Built consensus among 30+ businesses and residents along America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, to forego remuneration and reduced the construction schedule by 6 months; eliminating congestion during tourist season on a high-volume roadway.
Saved an elderly man’s home from condemnation and reduced project cost by $150K by requesting and receiving design exceptions from FHWA to reduce curve radius and eliminate condemnation.