Rhonda Walthall

Frank Tse

Chief Engineer for Systems Engineering Department
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division
MSAAE 1982

"I am honored to be recognized as an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer from Purdue University. I am thankful for a foundation in structural engineering from my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am fortunate to have had a long career in rocket propulsion with the U.S. Navy.”

Frank Tse began his career at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division as a finite element analyst in the Analysis Branch. He has been a manager of the Analysis Branch and director of the Analysis and Design Division before becoming the Chief Engineer of the Weapons Engineering Department. Tse’s experience spans development, qualification, production, and service life extension/termination of solid propellant rocket motors for both in-house production and numerous contractor produced rocket motors for missile systems.

From 2007-2021, he served as the Lead or Co-Lead of Munitions Area Technology Group II for the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program (JIMTP) and its sucessor, the Joint Enhanced Munitions Technology Program (JEMTP).

He also serves on the Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Technical Executive Committee on Propulsion and leads the JANNAF Programmatic and Industrial Base working group on Small Solids Propulsion. He has also been actively involved in international defense exchange organizations.

Tse has served on numerous high profile failure investigations, including the explosion on the USS Iowa in 1989.

He also served as a weapons inspector in the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) in Iraq in 1994. He was the author of the Tagging Procedure.

Tse graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1980 and obtained his master’s from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1982.