Alion Science and Technology names chief operating officer

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McLean-based Alion Science and Technology announced Wednesday it has named Bruce Samuelsen chief operating officer.

Alion provides solutions to strengthen national security.

Samuelsen is a long-time Alion employee who most recently served as special adviser to CEO Bahman Atefi. He joined Alion in 2005 as part of the acquisition of John J. McMullen Associates, a ship design and engineering company.

He also has led both technical and business development organizations for the company.

“His knowledge of our markets, as well as how our solutions can best support our customers, give us a great competitive advantage,” Atefi said in a statement.  “He has helped us break into new markets around the world, and his insight and experience are essential to helping Alion grow substantially over the next few years.”

Samuelsen earned a master’s in business administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture from the State University of New York Maritime College.

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