Navy honors alumnus
Raymond Travelyn’s ’87 invention dramatically improves submarine transmissions, saves millions.
Raymond F. Travelyn ’87, an electrical engineering alumnus who has worked for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center for nearly three decades, has been named a cowinner of the Office of Naval Research Vice Adm. Harold G. Bowen Award for Patented Inventions.
Travelyn and retired employee David Culbertson invented the Full Duplex Transceiver (FDT), a communications device more commonly known as the TravPak. Precursors to the FDT required at least two days to transfer data for threat verification — putting both the platform and the crew at risk. Travelyn and Culbertson’s TravPak reduces the time needed to transfer data errorfree by 1,000 times. Moreover, the FDT uses existing antenna hardware, saving the Navy approximately $60 million by eliminating the need to design, develop, test, and install new antennas.
Travelyn, an electronics engineer also in the Undersea Warfare Electromagnetic Systems Department, has worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, for 26 years. He also serves as the lead systems engineer, directing the day-to-day work of subject matter experts for each Common Submarine Radio Room subsystem.