40 Under 40: John Hamann '01

After attending the University of Michigan on an NROTC Scholarship, John graduated with a degree in Economics and a Navy commission. He went on to flight school, then was deployed in support of Korean and Japanese defense, flew all over the Pacific and Caribbean responding to natural disasters, and began humanitarian missions. In 2012, John was assigned as a Navy Operational Test Engineer and began testing new Mine Warfare technology. He completed his Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from John Hopkins University, transferred to the Navy Reserve, and accepted a position at Alion Science and Technology. Continuing to test Navy equipment, John was awarded the “US Navy Test Team Member of the Year in 2017.” He is now the Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton, working in cyber security and defense communications networks and remains a Naval Reservist.

“Catholic Central was an amazing part of my life that provided me a tremendous sense of who I was as one of Mary’s ‘sons of Central honor.’ The academics provided a great start to prepare me for the rigors of top universities. The intense work ethic and discipline learned at CC not only from outstanding teachers in the classrooms, but also from amazing coaches on the fields, gave me experiences that challenged me to the point where I gained confidence and knowing that, ‘if I did it there, I can do it again.’ But one thing that CC gave me that no other institution could provide was the inexorable pride in being a Catholic man that only the likes of Fr. Donoher, C.S.B., Fr. Ward, C.S.B., Fr. McKernan, C.S.B., and Fr. Menner, C.S.B. could provide, and I’m sure their spirits are still working today, with the intercession of Mary and the Holy Spirit, to ‘inspire us evermore.’”

Favorite memory: I cherish memories of Fr. Donoher’s class. I still remember and even use a few mnemonics and songs. He was a proud member of a Navy family and shared with me mementos of his brothers’ service - one as a pilot and the other as a chaplain - that I still have displayed on a bookshelf and which motivated me during my Navy career. Then, of course, there were DRIVE pep rallies, football games, the senior “walk out,” and all the other amazing traditions and fun times with friends. There really is no other place like CC.
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