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Friday, August 23, 2019

Webb Institute News

Figure 2 is a first pass sketch of what it may look like (I already see various areas for improvement on this sketch, but for illustrative purposes it will do). Photo credit: Martin & Ottaway, Inc.

Will High-Speed Container Transport Ever Work?

Every few years I am handed a high-speed container transport proposal. Generally it consists of some type of high speed vessel design that would be able to move containers at high speed and thereby attract a new market by taking a chunk out of the air cargo market and the premium ocean market. Occasionally we are asked to look at the economics for potential investors, and it always falls short of being economically viable. While it is possible to move containers a little quicker over the ocean with faster vessels…

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​21 Graduate from Webb Institute

On Saturday June 22, 2019, Webb Institute awarded 21 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 123rd Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.Webb’s Commencement Ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from Webb’s President R. Keith Michel, a Webb graduate from the Class of 1973, and keynote speaker, Angela Chao. Ms. Chao is Chairperson and C.E.O.

Gallagher Named President of Gulf Marine Repair

The Board of Directors of Hendry Marine Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Mr. John P. Gallagher as President of Gulf Marine Repair effective January 29, 2019. Gallagher, a graduate of The Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, is a seasoned maritime executive with over 30 years of leadership experience inoperations management, naval engineering, ship construction and ship repair. Highlights of Mr. Gallagher’s career include VP Operations, Derecktor Shipyard; Chief Executive, BMT International, Inc.; and President, Northeast Ship Repair.

Team 9 – Black Friday, took First Place. Photo: Netsco.

Future Maritime Design: NETSCo Sponsors Student Design Competition

NETSCo announced the winners of the 2018 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Design Competition held recently during the 2018 SNAME Maritime Convention in Providence, RI. Many interesting designs were devised with over 150 students participating in the competition. Congratulations to our winning teams: First Place Team 9 – Black Friday; Second Place, Team 8 – PlayBuoy; and, Third Place, Team 5 – Team Boats.The Competition is organized by the SNAME Student Steering Committee (SSC)…

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Students

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, has announced that the 2018-19 academic year recipients of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship are Taylor Campbell (Class of 2019) and Reneé Tremblay (Class of 2020).Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Tremblay of Bristol, R.I., and Campbell of Altoona, Pa., for their hard work, academic excellence, volunteer efforts and the superb leadership…

The 2018 graduating class of the WEBB Institute (CREDIT: WEBB Institute)

21 Graduate from Webb Institute

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Webb Institute awarded 21 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 122nd Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony included inspirational remarks from Webb’s President R. Keith Michel and keynote speaker, Dr. Kirsi K. Tikka, Executive Vice President and Senior Maritime Advisor at American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and former Webb Institute Professor of Structural Engineering. Dr.

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Crowley’s Solutions Group Reorganizes

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s solutions group announced that it is reorganizing and establishing new leadership to better serve customers in need of engineering, project management and government services. Solutions is the company’s dedicated, full-service engineering, project management and government services team, reporting to Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. Jay Edgar, who is new to Crowley, has been appointed vice president and leader of the company’s newly formed engineering services team…

Webb Institute’s Class of 2017 throwing their caps in the air after the 121st Commencement Ceremony. (Photo: Jonathan Wang, Webb Institute student, Class of 2020)

Webb Institute Class of 2017 Turns Tassels

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 121st Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s Principal Speaker, Bruce S. Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt, President of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC, and Chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees…

Hannah Wistort (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Awards Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Hannah Wistort, Webb Institute class of 2017, is the 2016-2017 recipient of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Wistort for her academic excellence and leadership skills. Wistort, who is from Niskayuna, N.Y., has been involved with many student organizations and community projects. She is a member of the Webb Leadership Committee, which organizes community service and outreach projects for students.

Jennifer Lorenc (Photo: Bristol Harbor Group)

Bristol Harbor Group Hires Lorenc

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) has added recent hire Jennifer Lorenc to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Lorenc joined BHGI as a Naval Architect in August of this year. She is a recent graduate of Webb Institute in Glen Cove, N.Y., where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. During her time at Webb, Lorenc completed five internships. A few of the companies she interned at include, General Dynamics, Electric Boat…

Webb Institute’s Class of 2016 at the 120th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured is, Lauren West, Michael Walker, Cody Stansky, Dylan Przelomski, Kelly O’Brien, llya Mouravieff, Brian Mills, and Jenny Lorenc. Photo credit, Kerri Allegretta (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Holds 120th Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday June 18, Webb Institute awarded 19 Bachelor of Science degrees at its 120th Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Webb’s commencement ceremony, opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers), and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s principal speaker, Donald T. (Boysie) Bollinger, retired chairman and CEO of Louisiana­based Bollinger Shipyards…

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses SUNY Maritime Grads

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College graduates, their families, faculty members and guests at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6. “I am honored to share real leadership lessons that these bright graduates may apply beyond the boardroom,” Wiernicki said at the ceremony, which saw approximately 300 students graduate inside Fort Schuyler. “Success in life and leadership go hand-in-hand.

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Webb Fundraising Campaign Reaches $32 Mln

The Campaign for Webb has so far raised $32 million, 80 percent of its $40 million goal, announced Webb Institute’s President Keith Michel ’73, Campaign Chair Joseph Cuneo ’57, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees George Campbell, Jr., Ph.D. In what the college is calling its most ambitious fundraising effort to date, The Campaign for Webb: America’s Most Unique College aims to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry.

Michael Burnes (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

Facing continued growth driven by client demand, the Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have together added 20 new employees in Q1 2016 and are looking to hire an additional 50+ employees before the end of Q4 2016. “We’re looking out for the future,” said the company’s president, Joe Starck. “We’re strategically focusing our efforts on finding, developing and training a team of professionals for a growing workforce to successfully accomplish the contracts we have now, and the potential contracts we are working on.

Kirsi Tikka (Photo: ABS)

ABS' Tikka Elected Foreign Member of NAE

ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, announced the election of ABS Europe and Africa Division President Dr. Kirsi Tikka as a Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The invitation to become a Foreign Member of the NAE is a result of Tikka’s contributions leading to internationally recognized standards for ship structural design, construction and maritime safety. “Industry needs professional organizations like NAE to provide leadership for the engineering profession and to promote technological advancement…

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Campaign for Webb at $28 Mln and Counting

Webb Institute’s Campaign Cabinet, led by President Keith Michel ’73 and Campaign Chair Joseph Cuneo ’57 announced that $28 million (70 percent) of the $40 million goal has been raised to date in the Campaign for Webb. The Campaign for Webb: America’s Most Unique College is the most ambitious fundraising effort in the institution’s history. Through this effort, Webb plans to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure, and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry. “William H.

Benjamin H. Scott (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design. Scott recently retired from Exelon Corporation as the senior manager of design engineering at their Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., where he oversaw a staff of 60 multidiscipline engineers responsible for all plant modifications and improvements…

Zachary Gilfus and Marissa Stutzman (Photos: BHGI)

Bristol Harbor Group Announces Two New Hires

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the addition of naval architect Zachary Gilfus and mechanical engineer Marissa Stutzman to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Gilfus is the most recent addition to BHGI, joining the team at the end of August as a naval architect and marine engineer. Gilfus graduated this past spring from Webb Institute with a Bachelor’s of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering. During his time at Webb, Gilfus interned at four different companies including Carnival Cruise Lines and General Dynamics NASSCO.

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Webb Institute Kicks Off Big Fundraising Push

On the heels of its 125th anniversary, Webb Institute has launched a fundraising effort seeking to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry, the college announced today. The initiative, entitled "Campaign for Webb: America’s Most Unique College," sets forth the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in the institution’s history, according to the college, which has set a financial goal representing a five-fold increase from the previous campaign initiated in 2003.

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution, lighting systems, communications, navigation and internal communication systems. For the past five years, Prof. Martin has been the Vice President and principal engineer at Marine Design Dynamics, Inc.

Tom Crowley with Nicholas Ratinaud (left) and Andrew Ko (right). (Photo: Crowley)

Webb Institute Picks Crowley Scholarship Recipients

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, announced the 2015-2016 recipients of Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Nicholas Ratinaud, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Andrew Ko, of Philadelphia, were chosen by the school’s scholarship selection committee for their leadership qualities, academic excellence and commitment to the maritime industry. Ratinaud and Ko were able to meet Tom Crowley Jr.…

L to R - President R. Keith Michel, Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Dr. George Campbell, Jr. (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Awards Crowley, Jr. Honorary Degree

Webb Institute presented Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Crowley Maritime (Oakland, CA), with an Honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science degree at Webb Institute’s 119th commencement on Saturday, June 20th. Since 1994, Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Crowley Maritime, succeeding his father and grandfather in these roles, dating back to the company’s founding in 1892. Today…

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Selects Board of Directors, Advisory Council & Members

At the 152nd Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. •Christopher J. •Michael L. •Dr. Peter H. •Richard D. •John A. •William E. •Philip J. •Craig H. •Dean E. •Elizabeth D. •Douglas C. •Vikki M. •Derek S. •Joseph O. •William T. •Captain Spyros N. Karnessis, Chairman, European Navigation Inc. •Stephen Y. K. Pan, Chairman, World-Wide Shipping Agency Ltd. •Spyros M.

Matthew R. Werner (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

Werner Named Academic Dean of Webb Institute

Webb Institute announced that Matthew R. Werner has been named Webb Institute’s next Academic Dean. Professor Werner, the American Bureau of Shipping Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, will begin his term on July 1, 2015. Professor Werner is an accomplished educator with extensive leadership and administrative experience. Professor Werner began his career in the ship design, construction, and operations fields and joined the Webb faculty in 2002. In 2010, he was designated Webb’s first American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Suzanne Beckstoffer accepts the Virginia Peninsula Engineer of the Year award from (from left to right) Gary Fuller, president of the Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC); Scott Opdyke, representative from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the society that nominated Beckstoffer; and Ken Hoffman, the PEC Engineer of the Year committee chair. (Photo by Dar Mook/HII)

HII’s Beckstoffer Named Virginia Peninsula Engineer of the Year

Suzanne Beckstoffer, engineering director of process and tools at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, was named the Virginia Peninsula Engineer of the Year by the Peninsula Engineers Council. Beckstoffer received the award at the 45th annual Peninsula Engineers Council Annual Banquet, which was held on Saturday at the shipyard. Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin served as the featured speaker. Beckstoffer was nominated for the award by the Hampton Roads section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Dr. John C. Daidola (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Welcomes Assistant Professor, Daidola

John C. Daidola has joined Webb Institute as Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering. Dr. Daidola is a structural engineer with over forty-years of experience. His early experience was as Design Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company and as Chief Naval Architect at Storm-Master Boat Corporation. He was employed for 28 years at M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc., where he worked as Senior Vice President and Engineering Branch Manager. For the last 15 years he worked at the AMSEC LLC, serving as Senior Vice President and Commercial Operations Manager. Dr.