Chris Hodge has 20 years of experience in industry and with the Navy. During his time in industry, he served as the liaison to Milliken & Co. headquarters and process manager for two developmental equipment installations at the Pendleton Finishing Plant. He began at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in 2002 with the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Defense Division working CBR Decontamination development efforts. After being promoted to senior scientist for his contributions and leadership of numerous projects in multiple divisions focused on delivering technology to the warfighter, Chris transitioned into the supervisory ranks as the Head of the CBR Concepts & Experimentation Branch.
Chris served as technical reach back for the Navy's Material Developer for decontamination and in that role participated in numerous testing and evaluation (T&E) boards. He also served as a trusted subject matter expert for CBR Decontamination to the Joint Program Managers for Decontamination and Protection under the JPEO CBD.
He currently serves as the Director of Technical Development for NSWCDD, where his primary responsibilities include K-12 STEM outreach programs and University engagement activities for the command. He also serves as a consultant, providing subject matter expertise regarding decontamination research and testing as well as the science behind the development and utility of Dahlgren Decon. Chris holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University.