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Keynote Speaker

Monday, September 19

Opening Plenary | 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.

R. David Curfman, P.E.R. David Curfman, P.E.
Chief Engineer and Assistant Commander for Design and Construction Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

In June 2019, Mr. Curfman assumed duties as the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command’s (NAVFAC) Chief Engineer and Assistant Commander (Director) for Design and Construction.  He is the senior technical advisor and technical authority for Navy shore and ocean facilities and leads over 4000 engineering professionals delivering over $7B per year in military design and construction services for the Navy, Marine Corps and other DoD agencies around the world.  He is currently leading over $3 billion in earthquake recovery projects at Naval Station China Lake, over $2.5 billion in hurricane Florence recovery at MCB Camp Lejeune, numerous piers, wharves, moorings, dredging, and coastal projects, and over $8 billion in shipyard modernization and climate adaptation projects at the four Naval Shipyards. 

Mr. Curfman, has over 33 years of Federal Service and has served as Assistant Commander of Public Works where he was responsible for Utilities Operations and Management, Facilities Management and Sustainment, Facility Services and Base Operating Support Contracts, Energy Resiliency and Management, and Transportation Management.  He has also held numerous leadership positions at NAVFAC including Special Assistant for Waterfront and Harbors, Director of the Engineering Innovation and Criteria Office, Director of Environmental Programs for NAVFAC Atlantic, and Director of Public Works for NAVFAC Atlantic. Prior to his federal career, Mr. Curfman served over 7 years as a structural engineer with a private engineering firm and construction engineer with a private contractor.

Mr. Curfman received his BS in Structural Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1983 and his Master’s degree in Structural and Coastal Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1993.  He has received numerous awards from the Defense Standardization Program, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the Department of Navy for Environmental Planning and Environmental Restoration.  Mr. Curfman also received the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Award, the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, NAVFAC Engineer of the Year award, and Virginia Tech Civil and Environmental Alumni Achievement Award. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.  

Mr. Curfman lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife of 38 years and is the proud parent of 3 children and 2 grandchildren. 

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