Dave Phillips, an electrical engineer at Space and Naval Warfare Center Pacific, stands in front of the submarine USS Olympia at Naval Base Point Loma. His work improves the ability to communicate with such submarines at sea.

Dave Phillips, an electrical engineer at Space and Naval Warfare Center Pacific, stands in front of the submarine USS Olympia at Naval Base Point Loma. His work improves the ability to communicate with such submarines at sea. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

Dave Phillips has a not-so-conventional job...