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SUMMER 2012 Volume 24 Issue 1
Homecoming at Webb Institute: A place where memory lives
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Webb Institute Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President R. Keith Michel â€™73 Chairman of the Board Richard P. Neilson â€™70 Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture Wombi Rose â€™09 Chairman Outreach Committee
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M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T To prepare graduates for prominent careers by: s 0 ROVIDING A RIGOROUS EDUCATION IN THE PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING AND A BROAD BASED KNOWLEDGE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND marine engineering s $EVELOPING SKILLS THAT WILL ENABLE GRADUATES TO BECOME LEADERS IN AND make signiďŹ cant contributions to their chosen profession, and to the SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH IT FUNCTIONS s )NSTILLING IN OUR GRADUATES THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS AND SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM CULTIVATING CURIOSITY IN THE ARTS SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES AND PROVIDING THE BACKGROUND AND ENCOURAGEMENT NECESSARY TO SUPPORT LIFE LONG LEARNING s 0ERPETUATING THE LEGACY OF 7ILLIAM ( 7EBB
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Supervising Editor Gailmarie Sujecki Executive Assistant to the President & Director of Alumni Relations Editor Christine Slattery Editorial Contributors David M. Bovet â€™70 Nolan Conway â€™15 Richard C. Harris John A. Malone â€™71 R. Keith Michel â€™73
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his is an action-packed issue that reﬂects the scope of positive things happening at Webb today and potentially into the future. It’s exciting and I hope you agree after you’ve read everything. If we do end up making a course change as discussed by Chairman Michel and Trustee Bovet, rest assured that everyone agrees that one thing will remain: the educational model that has been part of Webb forever. I read an article recently about a Harvard professor talking about himself and his colleagues “discovering” what they were calling integrated learning. Well, good for them– and I am glad they ﬁnally ﬁgured out Webb’s model. Timing is everything. In my seven years here, I believe the team we have on board right now is at its best. This is not to say that those who recently retired weren’t great, but it’s the totality that I am talking about. Our faculty is back to full strength after a lot of effort to ﬁnd the right people. We will miss recently retired and now Professor Emeritus Hennings and Carol McLaughlin from the Development Ofﬁce, but their replacements, Associate Professor Vincent DelGatto and Kathleen Welsh, will bring their own talents to our mission and team. Our new Associate Professor, Roger Basu, and Director of Development, Rick Paradis, both bring a wealth of experience at a critical juncture in our journey as well. The class of 2012, twenty strong, entered the workforce and graduate school with a lot of energy and talent. They were very helpful in our continuing efforts to gradually build more leadership principles into the program and make the Student Organization more effective. They were also instrumental in continuing our WooFS program that Roger and Jill Compton created. Using the funds raised last spring for the Compton Endowment (which still needs more) we hired a new WooFS director, James Ludwig. He is a really passionate expert and an excellent leader, but I was nervous because the program had become so important to Webb life. The leadership and energy from the seniors played a major role in making the transition seamless. We had a lot of fun with the 50th reunion gang (’62), including Norm and Kitty Wallin PG’62. The class made a generous gift. The Wallin’s did as well: a $50,000 endowment gift to support student access to the arts in Manhattan. Again, come and visit to see for yourselves the good things that are happening here–and thanks for all your loyal and continuing support.
“ Timing is everything. In my seven
years here, I believe the team we have on board right now is at its best. This is not to say that those who recently retired weren’t great, but it’s the totality that I am talking about.”
Nathan Hagan ’12, Kitty Wallin and Norm Wallin PG’62 with President Olsen.
#AST /FF 3ET 3AIL and Bon Voyage… Graduating from Webb is just the start of your education; set sail for a career full of opportunities. Never lose sight of the advantage that you have had by obtaining a scholarship from Webb Institute.”
These were the concluding remarks to the graduating Class of 2012, by Dr. Stephen M. Payne, our principal commencement speaker at Webb’s 116th commencement ceremonies, held on Saturday, June 18th. Dr. Payne is a retired V.P. and Chief Naval Architect for Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, and he was the designer and project manager for the Queen Mary 2, a project that allowed him to fulﬁll a childhood dream of designing an ocean liner that rivaled the original Queen Mary. On graduation day, as is typical of most Webb graduation days, nearly all of the nineteen men and one woman of the Class of 2012, had already selected jobs and graduate schools and were about to put into practice the advice they received. To all of them we wish fair winds and following seas. continued on next page
Exercises Student speaker, Steve Guglielmoni.
Commencement Awards & Prizes Keeler Memorial Prize highest average in mathematics Allan S. Childers
Richard A. Partanen Humanities Award Allan S. Childers
Samuel D. McComb Memorial Prize second highest junior & senior average Nicholas J. DelGatto
Curran Memorial Prize for most outstanding & consistent scholastic improvement Schuyler J. Needham
Chaffee Memorial Prize best all around record Kyle R. Manis
Lewis Nixon Memorial Prize for excellence of a thesis in naval architecture Justin C. Morgan, Nicholas I. Walker, Robert J. Walling
J. Lewis Luckenbach Memorial Prize
The Graduating Class of 2012
highest general average in four year course Dale E. Pederson
SeaRiver Maritime Award For Excellence In Engineering Design
Thesis Titles JC Morgan, Nick Walker, BJ Walling: Planing Craft Ride Control Using a Neural Network
Sean Doran, John Fleming: Preliminary Design of a Fishing Vessel for Disabled Veterans
Dale E. Pederson
Dale Pederson: A Numerical Study of Camber and Angle of Attack on Tri-SWACH Wave Resistance
Steve Guglielmoni: Analyzing The Propulsive Performance of a Feathering Propeller
Dale E. Pederson
Lee Boltz, Allan Childers: The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
Andrew Lum: Emissions Analysis of a Fuel Emulsion System
Stacey Bishop: Better Emissions Control: An Analysis and Redesign of the Energy Efficiency Design Index
Matt Groff, Jared Harlan: Parametric Design of an Algal Exhaust Scrubber for Marine Applications
highest average in naval architecture curriculum Dale E. Pederson second highest average in naval architecture curriculum Michael G. K. Cheng
Nick DelGatto, Kyle Manis, Rob Talarico: The Production of Algae Biodiesel For Comparative Engine Emissions Testing Nathan Hagan, Jack Oczeretko: Air Layer Drag Reduction Applied to Flat-Plate Resistance Testing
Mike Cheng, Schuyler Needham: A Comparative Feasibility Study of United States East Coast Short Sea Shipping
Patrick S. Matrascia Good Shipmate Award Charles A. Ward, Jr., Memorial Awards
American Bureau of Shipping Prize highest junior and senior average Dale E. Pederson
Stevenson Taylor Memorial Prize for excellence of a thesis in any ďŹ eld Cathryn A. Bishop
Connecticut Maritime Association demonstrating academic excellence with intent to pursue a career in the maritime industry Nicholas J. DelGatto
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n May 10, at a reception and ceremony held at Webb, Mr. Christopher Wiernicki, president and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping and member of the Webb Board of Trustees, announced the ABS Scholarship Program. Funded by a generous donation, renewable annually at the discretion of ABS, this program will allow us to award two fulltuition scholarships per year. As the program is fully developed, one senior and one junior will hold the honor each year. The junior will hold the scholarship through his or her junior and senior years, pending continuing satisfactory performance. The criteria for the scholarship were developed by a faculty committee. The awardees will be selected on the basis of academic performance, work term performance, and service to the Institute. At the reception, Mr. Wiernicki named the ﬁrst ABS Scholar: Jonathan Soja, the Class of 2013. Jon will hold this honor throughout his senior year. In the fall, we will invite members of the Class of 2014 to apply for the scholarship, and a faculty committee will select the second ABS scholar. Every fall thereafter, a junior will be selected from the pool of applicants, thereby fulﬁlling the requirement of one junior and one senior ABS Scholar per year. In addition to paying full tuition, the scholarship will provide each scholar with a $2,500 stipend per year. ABS and Webb enjoy a longstanding relationship. When ABS was founded in 1862, William Webb was building packet ships and clipper ships in his New York City shipyard. ABS’ initial charter was to certify ship captains, but their mandate quickly progressed to the survey and classiﬁcation of wooden ships, iron ships, and then steel ships. Today, with more than 3,300 employees located in 70 countries, ABS is recognized as a worldwide leader in promoting safety and fostering technical innovation in the maritime and offshore industries. The ABS classed ﬂeet now exceeds 185 million gross tons, making ABS one of the largest classiﬁcation societies. ABS was the ﬁrst society to class offshore structures, and it remains the dominant provider of classiﬁcation services to the offshore oil and gas industry. Early in its history, ABS recognized that education and training were essential to achieving its mission, the promotion
of maritime safety. Webb has certainly been a beneﬁciary of this philosophy as, for over a century, ABS and its employees have been generous supporters of Webb. Stevenson Taylor, who served as President of ABS from 1916 to 1926, was also a charter member of Webb Institute and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees during the formative years of the Institute, for a period of 26 years. Stevenson Taylor Hall, the iconic symbol of Webb Institute, is 100 years old this year; in June a Webb student will receive the Stevenson Taylor prize for best thesis. In 1947 another president and chairman of ABS, J. Lewis Luckenbach, assumed the position of chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees. The Luckenbach Graduate Building sits at the south end of campus, and each June the graduating senior with the highest grade point average over the four years receives the J. Lewis Luckenbach award. Luckenbach was responsible for negotiating the sale of the Bronx estate and the purchase of our current beautiful campus. The Luckenbachs, both Lewis and his wife Kate, are two of Webb’s most generous benefactors. It is ﬁtting that the Luckenbach portraits are displayed in the reception hall opposite that of Webb’s founder, William H. Webb. Four ABS chairmen or presidents–Robert Young in 1992, Richard Soper in 1998, Frank Iarossi in 2001, and Bob Somerville in 2008–are recipients of an honorary doctorate from Webb. ABS CEO and President Chris Wiernicki sits on Webb’s Board of Trustees and serves on its Executive Committee. Two of our faculty members, Dean Neilson and Dr. Roger Basu, enjoyed long careers with ABS in the Technology Division. In 2010, the Bureau endowed the ABS Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Webb, currently held by Professor Matt Werner. Now ABS is sponsoring this scholarship program. We are grateful for this generous gift, which once again conﬁrms the very special relationship between our institutions that will assure the ABS-Webb Institute connection will continue to thrive. –Richard P. Neilson ’70 Dean
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After many years of rainy Founder’s Day Fridays, April 27 marked the second year in a row that Founder’s Day was blessed with fair skies and no rain. The nice weather both encouraged and enabled students and staff, faculty and guests to accomplish a number of tasks in an effort to give back to Webb and say thanks to our founder, Mr. William H. Webb.
This year’s tasks included (but were not limited to) planting ﬂowers, pulling weeds and stumps, cleaning out the attic, culling the library collection, power washing walls and patio furniture, cleaning the beach area, and washing windows. The celebration began right after lunch on the main deck of Stevenson Taylor Hall. With all hands assembled, Professor Richard Harris read aloud the words of the Shipwright’s Testimonial. This document, presented to Mr. Webb upon the dedication of the original school on May 5, 1894, movingly indicates the respect and affection that the men who worked for William Webb felt–and that we all share. Many thanks go, once again, to Mr. Peter Morris and his crew for a sumptuous dinner. We also thank Mr. John Ferrante and his crew, whose help and dedication allowed us to complete yet another day of tribute to our school and its founder. The speaker at dinner was Mr. Jay Carson ’73, who noted Mr. Webb’s many contributions to society outside the world of shipbuilding. Also in attendance at this year’s dinner were three other members of the Board of Trustees: Mr. Joseph Cuneo, Ms. Jennifer Panosky, and Mr. Bruce Rosenblatt. At the dinner, Mr. Cuneo, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, presented Professor John Hennings, who has been the moving force behind Founder’s Day activities for over a decade, with a gift of appreciation for his efforts in making this such a special tradition and celebration. –Professor Richard C. Harris
By R. Keith Michel ’73 Chairman, Webb Board of Trustees, Chairman, Herbert Engineering Corp.
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hrough the white papers developed in preparation for the Strategic Planning Retreat and the two days of lively discussion, many interesting ideas were put forward. We heard about changes to industry, and the types of jobs that attract our graduates. The ship-owner/ operator community and U.S. Navy-related design and research enterprises remain major employers of our graduates. An increasing number of graduates take jobs in the offshore oil & gas and the yacht/small craft industries. There is growing interest in offshore renewable energy. The demand for Webb graduates from the many different sectors of the marine industry is impressive. Webb–together with the other colleges and universities in the U.S. that offer degrees in naval architecture, marine engineering, and/or ocean engineering–simply cannot graduate a sufﬁcient number of engineers to satisfy demand. A recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that among 171 undergraduate majors, graduates with a BS in naval architecture are the 7th highest paid. These ﬁndings led to discussions about whether Webb should increase its number of students, offer other degrees such as a BS in offshore engineering, and deliver distance learning courses. How Webb should respond to these changing demographics needs further study and discussion by the Board, administration and faculty. Once this is done, we should commit ourselves to making the appropriate changes. At Webb we have established a unique and special culture over our nearly 125 years of existence. No doubt other colleges have been inﬂuenced by what we do. Likewise, we have much to learn from peer colleges and universities. At the retreat, we heard about how Cooper Union, Olin College, and Harvey Mudd College have
adopted innovative strategies to recruit students, enhance diversity, foster innovation in the classroom, and partner with industry and other academic institutions. We will be investigating these programs with an eye on how to introduce their best practices into the Webb environment. Signiﬁcant to informing Webb’s future direction, and our capacity to implement some of the ideas listed above, is our ability to increase philanthropic support. To that end, we have hired a chief development ofﬁcer whose background includes campaign planning and execution. We have also hired a nationally recognized consulting ﬁrm, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, to assist with a campaign feasibility study. Initial study activity has begun with the formation of the Feasibility/ Development Assessment Advisory Committee. Over the course of the next few months, the committee will work with institutional leadership to reﬁne funding options and identify potential donors. Options will then be tested in a series of personal interviews with potential donors through the early fall. A representative of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners is currently scheduled to deliver a ﬁnal report of their ﬁndings and future recommendations to the full Board on November 1, 2012. The Class Agent meetings, regional alumni meetings, and the recently completed Strategic Planning Retreat are examples of efforts to encourage communication and build trust between Webb’s different constituencies. Inclusion of students, faculty and young alumni in the governance of Webb through membership on the Board of Trustees is another example. At the Strategic Planning Retreat, there was a tremendous sense of excitement–about where Webb has been and about where we are going. I wish all alumni could have attended the event. Although there were many different opinions voiced, we are united by a common goal: a commitment to continued enhancement of the Webb educational experience while ensuring the long-term sustainability and vibrancy of Webb, a leader in higher education by any measure.
rom April 30 to May 3, 2012, the Junior Class and the Southampton exchange students were fortunate enough to travel to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, TX. The conference gathered many large multinational companies and served as a good introduction to the challenging and growing offshore industry. This year’s conference hosted a total of 89,400 attendees with upwards of 10,000 vendors, the greatest showing within the last 30 years. Professor Onas attended the conference with the students to provide guidance. Students grasped the opportunity to learn all they could about the offshore industry by talking to vendors and attending technical sessions. This year SNAME assisted students by incorporating an industry mentorship program, which was invaluable for gaining better insight into the dynamics of the offshore industry. Students were impressed by the vastness of the industry and the various capacities in which engineers work within the offshore business. Marine engineering and naval architecture were two of many specializations of engineers at the conference; attendees included people with backgrounds in subsea engineering, petroleum engineering, geophysics, and numerous
“ …students gained a new perspective on how they can apply their knowledge from Webb to confront new world challenges… all it takes is a little inspiration from attending a conference such as OTC.” other ﬁelds. Companies were receptive to our attendance with several providing us personal exhibit presentations. Mr. Edmund Muehlner from FloaTEC, Mr. Nils van Nood from GustoMSC, Mr. Mark Smith from STX Europe, and Dr. Igor Prislin from BMT/SMS all presented individually on their companies. We thank all of them for their time and their insight into the offshore industry.
Vast as the Ocean:
Opportunities in Engineering at the OTC On Wednesday Mr. Thomas Koster ’67 arranged for a workshop with presentations by some industry leaders. Mr. Omar De Andrade from SOFEC presented on deep water FPSO mooring design and installation; Dr. Bas Buchner from MARIN presented on the Marin deep water model basin; Mr. Lars Henriksen from Viking Systems presented on FPSO hull structure strength and fatigue and mooring interfaces; and Mr. Ulrik Frorup from Bureau Veritas provided an overview of the offshore division of his company. The workshop was a highlight of the trip, and we send our thanks to the coordinator and all presenters for their time and consideration. Many students gained a new perspective on how they can apply their knowledge from Webb to confront new world challenges. The offshore industry is pursuing world energy production. Wind power, oil, and liquid natural gas (LNG) were a few of many resources being explored at OTC to help tackle the energy issue. Webb provides a great foundation to pursue any one of these topics; all it takes is a little inspiration from attending a conference such as OTC. Overall our time at OTC was a great experience, and we hope the trip is continued so that future students can gain a better understanding of the offshore industry. All students would like to thank Dean Neilson, Professor Basu, and Ms. Josie Wilson for arranging our attendance; Professor Onas for his guidance at the conference; Mr. Thomas Koster ’67 and all presenters at Wednesday’s workshop; and alumni parents for graciously hosting a bunch of Webbies at their Houston homes. –Sean P. Murphy ’13
Rufus! Above: Bryce Bartling ’13 and Matt Tedesco ’91; Top right: Tom Koster ’67 and Eric Linsner ’70; Bottom right: Don Caldera ’57 and his wife Yvette.
Wonderful Weather Made it Shine
“ Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.”
That was the comment heard over and over again on Saturday, May 19, when alumni and their guests; parents, students, staff and faculty members; and other friends of Webb gathered to celebrate Homecoming 2012. The comment applied to the weather: the embodiment of a spectacular spring day, it was the best that could be. It could have applied equally to the campus, which sparkled in the bright sunlight and reflected the tender loving care of Director of Facilities John Ferrante and his staff who, despite a tight maintenance budget, keep Webb Institute looking sharp.
Top row: Class of ’62; Matt Tedesco ’91 presents a plaque to out-going WAA president, Rich Celotto ’73; Middle row: Vicky Dlugokecki ’88, Jennifer Panosky ’85, and Jamie Rice ’86; Class of ’57; Bottom row: Class of ’67.
Homecomings can be enjoyable even when the weather doesn’t cooperate–but when it does, the scene is set for a perfect day of renewing old friendships and sharing in the life of the school. For some of the anniversary classes, Homecoming started the day or evening before; for other alumni it commenced bright and early in the morning, at breakfast at the Glen Cove Mansion, where many stayed for the night or weekend, and ﬁrst began running into old friends and acquaintances. At 9:30 AM the Webb Parents Association meeting convened in the Freshman Waterview Dining Room. The welcoming committee of Carol McLaughlin, Kathleen
Welsh, and Barbara Sala from the Development Ofﬁce set up the registration desk right in Cuneo Courtyard (thanks to the weather) and opened for business at 10:00 AM, at the same time that Pete Morris and his staff opened for the continental breakfast in the Main Deck Reception Hall. One of several highlights of the day was the Winter Work Experience brieﬁngs in the Henry Auditorium by students from each of the classes. As they do every year since this tradition started, the students “blew away” the alumni with their reports about their winter work terms. The students are always very impressive, and their experiences are exactly what one would hope winter work continued on next page
Top row: Tom Bond ’45 and Charles Visconti ’55; Class of 1972; Bottom row: Class of 2012 induction into the WAA.
would be–both good circumstances and challenging ones. This crew was no exception, with stories so interesting one might wonder sometimes if they make them up. But, no, these kids are genuine, and for alumni like this reporter, they remind us why we love this school and consider it so special. A great barbecue lunch was served from in the Cuneo Courtyard again and was enjoyed on the main reception room or out on the ﬁrst terrace. Everyone lingered until the WooFS delighted the guests with a singing performance in the reception room–and for anyone who worried that our Webb Family Singers would not be around after Roger and Jill Compton retired, oh ye of little faith! Under the masterful leadership of Webb’s new music director, James Ludwig, and accompanist Jessica Chen from the local community, the WooFS have endured and their performance of a mix of songs ranging from sea chanteys to Serbian folk music to the Webb Marching Song was absolutely fabulous. The hiring of Mr. Ludwig and Ms. Chen has worked out well and was largely made possible through the Roger and Jill Compton Endowment for the Performing Arts (donations to which are still very welcome). Then it was time for some quick tours of the campus and reunion class photos before the Annual Alumni Meeting convened at 3:30 PM. The routine business of the Webb Alumni
Association was conducted in the Henry Auditorium, including the traditional reading of the names of passed alumni, the induction of the senior class and University of Southampton exchange students; recognition of the oldest alum (Tom Bond ’45), approval of changes to the bylaws, and the election of new ofﬁcers. (See other details in the related article about WAA Transition.) When it was time for new business, Dean Rick Neilson made a hit by displaying a mounted full-size photograph of a scroll from the archives with the names of approximately 200 alumni who contributed to the winning of World War II. But Rick really hit it out of the park when he asked Charlie Visconti ’55 to stand and be recognized as the one who had lettered the scroll as a beaver project many decades ago. Attendees then enjoyed a delightful reception in the Cuneo Courtyard (really getting a workout thanks to the weather), and then everyone sat down to another fantastic dinner from Pete Morris and his crew. As the sun set and evening faded into dusk, goodbyes were exchanged and the crowd slowly broke up to head to their homes or accommodations (or to the pub for some beer pong) with wonderful memories of another great Homecoming. –Matt P . Tedesco ’91 WAA President
Capturing Imaginations at Webb
3TEPHEN - 0AYNE 2EVISITS Titanic
n May 10, 2012, a century after the sinking of the Titanic, Dr. Stephen M. Payne presented a lecture titled â€œTitanic Revisited, 1908-2012â€? to a full lecture hall at Webb. Dr. Payneâ€™s presentation traced the shipâ€™s history from its original conception to that ill-fated night of April 14-15, 1912. Dr. Payneâ€™s engineering achievements are, of course, world famous. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in ship science from the University of Southampton in 1984, he joined Carnival Corporation, quickly becoming a major ďŹ gure in that organization. Among other duties, in 1997 he served as the project manager for the design and construction of the Holland America Lineâ€™s ďŹ‚agship Rotterdam (VI). Most notably, he was the design and product manager of the construction of the Queen Mary 2, which when launched in 2004 was considered by many the grandest ocean liner ever built. In 2004 Dr. Payne was named Vice President and Chief Naval Architect of Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, a position that he held through 2010. In addition, he has served as President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and has been named a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Royal Designer of Industry. In 2004 he was awarded the OBE (OfďŹ ce of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty The Queen. Dr. Payne became a member of the Webb Institute Board of Trustees in 2011. In his presentation Dr. Payne traced the early history of the White Star Lineâ€™s desire to build the great ship RMS Titanic, and noted some of the competitive rivalries that marked its design and construction. One of the most striking aspects of the Titanicâ€™s history involves the eerily prophetic 1898 novel Futility by Morgan Robertson, which relates the story of a huge British passenger liner named
Titan, thought to be unsinkable, that strikes an iceberg while making its maiden voyage across the Atlantic in the month of April. The sinking of the actual ship Titanic took the media by storm. Debate about what had brought about the sinking and the loss of more than 1,500 lives immediately focused on the design and construction of the vessel and the actions of its captain, Edward John Smith, with various theories as to who was to blame for the tragedy. Dr. Payne, however, asserted that the shipâ€™s design and construction either met or exceeded all the regulations and requirements of the dayâ€“and that there is nothing to
â€œ What you do involves looking after peopleâ€™s lives. Make sure you never lose your appreciation of that point.â€? support accusations that Captain Smith acted ineffectively. The sinking of the Titanic was, he concluded, â€œa tragic accident,â€? and in looking back we should â€œrecognize the memory of the ship and those who lost their lives.â€? The Titanic tragedy did lead to new attitudes and measures concerning maritime safety. The year 1914 saw establishment of the international convention, or treaty, for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which is still in effect today. Dr. Payne concluded his talk with an important bit of advice for the young naval architects and marine engineers in the audience: What you do involves looking after peopleâ€™s lives. Make sure you never lose your appreciation of that point.
By Matt Tedesco ’91 WAA President, 2012-2014
Webb Alumni Association:
&EEDBACK -ISSION and Vision Alumni Survey The Alumni Association will be closely examining our mission and vision, and developing a strategic plan for the WAA aligned with the strategic planning activities of the Board of Trustees. Many alumni completed a survey in early May, and we received over 145 responses representing close to 14% of the Association. A report summarizing the results of the Alumni Survey will be posted to the Alumni Portal, and the results of this survey will inform our planning. Some of those results: Alumni overwhelmingly want to support the school with their time, but many do not know what help Webb needs or how to provide it. The WAA plans to work closely with the school and the Board of Trustees to build on the success of the regional coordinator network and to engage alumni more effectively to support Webb. Many respondents said they’d like to see the REGIONAL Alumni Association do more to foster professional C O O R D I N AT O R S networking, to sponsor more regional events, Northern New England and to provide more support to students. These Russ Hoffman ’74 activities are central to the Alumni Association’s Southern New England mission and vision, and they will be a strong Doug Slocum ’10 focus as we move forward. Last fall, alumni New York Area Michael Klein-Urena ’11 gatherings hosted by the Board of Trustees Washington D.C. Area provided an overview of the State of Webb for Kathleen Cain ’07 alumni, and the events scheduled coincided Southern Virginia Jennifer Ryan ’99 with work terms–to allow alumni, students, and Florida sometimes parents to meet and network–have Jamie Benoit ’01 become very popular annual events in several Texas cities. Many regions have also scheduled additional Tom Koster ’67 social events. We will continue to build on Southern California Michelle Adam ’97 that success, and welcome more suggestions Northern California from alumni on how we can better serve the Cameron Baker ’07 needs of the community. If an alum would like Seattle/Pacific Northwest to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact Stefan Wolczko ’09 14
your regional coordinator (see sidebar listing) or the WAA Executive Committee (email@example.com). Ian Mutnick ’96 continues to serve on the Executive Committee as our liaison with regional coordinators. In general, alumni are very satisfied with the preparation for their careers and their overall Webb experience. They reported that work habits acquired at Webb have served them well and that the work term experience at Webb was highly valued. They consider recent graduates to be wellprepared and to exhibit a positive work-life balance. Many alumni affiliate themselves with management and believe it is important for Webb to prepare students for management. It is interesting to note that the percentage of alumni by graduation decade in shipbuilding has declined, while it has increased in ship operations, offshore, yachts, and small craft. There was a strong sense of optimism for our industry in many of the responses received and a suggestion that diverse opportunities are available for those about to graduate. Most alumni feel Webb must improve its online presence in order to strengthen outreach and recruiting. Many consider strengthening research a high priority for Webb, and a majority of alumni believe more industry involvement is needed. The majority of respondents believe that Webb is doing well with respect to curriculum focus, quality of education, and relevance to the Marine Industry–but alumni are concerned about Webb’s financial stability. The majority of respondents strongly support a new Capital Campaign. While alumni feel well-informed about Webb finances, they feel less informed about student life, the academic program and direction, student work experiences, and ongoing thesis research. Website features most important to alumni include the directory of alumni, payment system, timely news, and event calendar. The majority support electronic distribution of documents, and most would like to receive an electronic copy of The Binnacle each year. To this end, we encourage alumni to log into the Alumni Portal and confirm that their email address is current.
WA A E X E C U T I V E COMMITTEE
Committee/Transition At the WAA Annual Meeting on May 19, 2012, new officers were voted in to the Executive Committee (see sidebar). WAA bylaws changes were also approved at the meeting, permitting increased use of electronic media and teleconferences for conducting WAA business. Life member dues were increased from $500 to $700; however, regular dues remain $25 per year. Dues are the WAA’s only source of income, and we thank alumni for their continued support. The revised WAA bylaws will be posted to the Alumni Portal for reference. The Alumni Association thanks Rich Celotto ’73 who completed his second tenure as president. Under Rich’s
leadership we made changes to the organizational structure: We split the position of secretary-treasurer into two positions, increasing opportunities for alumni to participate as part of the Executive Committee and helping to level-load committee members. We added three members-at-large, allowing even more opportunities for alumni to participate and to provide additional perspectives on the Executive Committee. Perhaps the most significant change brought about during this time was the re-definition of the sixth member as the regional coordinator. Rich will remain on the Executive Committee as the pastpresident member. The WAA also thanks Jennifer Panosky ’85, who served as the past-president member of the Executive Committee following her term as president.
President Matthew Tedesco ’91
Vice President Jennifer Kollmer ’91
Secretary Peter Wallace ’93
Treasurer Victoria Dlugokecki ’88 (remaining in this ofﬁce)
Member at Large Spencer Schilling ’82
Auditing Committee Sarah Wickenheiser ’08, Dane Hendrix ’84
Nominating Committee Paul Risseeuw ’65 Carl Fast ’77
By Richard Neilson ’70 Dean
Take a Tour of the $EANS h-USEUMv
s my ﬁrst year as Dean draws to a close, I ﬁnd myself looking back on all that has happened and looking forward to what I could do to help make Webb better in the future. Those of you who have been in my ofﬁce recently may understand why I have referred to it as a museum. I spent four years at Webb as a student, eight years as a professor, and yet I have found things on campus this year that I never knew existed. Denise and I have had a great time wandering around “discovering” things that some of you may not have noticed. There are many memorials and gifts that we have begun to catalog so that the original intent of the gift–that someone be remembered–is not lost. As word of our search has spread, others (students, faculty, and staff) have found items and brought them to our attention. Some have found their way, temporarily, to my ofﬁce. I like having them here, but eventually they will ﬁnd their proper home, certainly by the time, or as part, of the 125th Anniversary Celebration. A quick recap is in order. The students went off to a wide variety of work term jobs this year. As always, the freshmen returned from the shipyards with a much expanded vocabulary–both professional and secular. The sophomores had their usual breadth of experiences from Alaska to the Far East, with one pair riding a ship to resupply McMurdo in Antarctica. The Juniors and Seniors spread themselves typically far aﬁeld, from coast-to-coast in the US, plus one each in Denmark, England, The Netherlands, and the UAE. I hope we will see even more students arrange internships with companies internationally. Also over the winter, we welcomed Dr. Roger Basu aboard as an Associate Professor of Naval Architecture. Professor Basu has a wide range of experience in commercial, naval and offshore vessels, and is widely recognized in the industry for his expertise in the ﬁelds of structural analysis and ice loads. He is a very welcome addition to the faculty. As you know, John Hennings retired at the end of the spring semester. We are grateful for the many years
of dedicated service he has given to Webb, and wish him health and happiness for many years to come. In recognition of the many initiatives he instigated–making Founder’s Day a day to give back to Webb, Pi Day, and annual visits to Mr. Webb’s mausoleum–President Olsen approved the faculty’s nomination of Professor Hennings for emeritus status. While no one can truly replace another, we have successfully concluded our search for a new Electrical Engineering professor. Mr. Vincent DelGatto has agreed to join the faculty for the fall 2012 semester as the Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Mr. DelGatto has extensive teaching experience as a professor at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics, industry experience in power transmission, and familiarity with Webb as an active member of the Webb Parents Association and father of a graduate of the Class of 2012. We all welcome Mr. DelGatto to his expanded role in the Webb community. At the beginning of the semester we welcomed our two sophomores, who spent last term at Southampton University, back home. In exchange, we have four Southampton students spending the spring with us. All six have reported a very rewarding experience. Six highly qualiﬁed freshmen applied for the exchange program this coming fall. Since we cannot send them all, choosing among them was very difﬁcult. We normally consider sending three students to Southampton, but because of the quality of the applicants and the overall quality of the Class of 2015, we requested Southampton allow us to send four this year. They agreed. The four will depart the end of August, and as a result of the efforts of Board of Trustee member Stephen Payne, will make the transatlantic trip from New York on the Queen Mary 2. While much remains the same, we do see some change. The Seniors have chosen four courses for their ﬁnal semester elective: Machine Shop and Manufacturing Processes, C++ Programming, Biomimicry and Sustainable Design, and Novel Concepts Engineering. The last three are brand new courses for Webb. We enlisted an experienced adjunct professor to teach C++, but the latter two are being taught by Professors Williams and Basu. The students who elected Sustainable Design and Novel Concepts are investigating design issues not normally part of the Webb curriculum, and
they are responding enthusiastically. The Juniors are enjoying the Ship Design I course, and, following the format initiated by Dean Compton, I have allowed them a great deal of latitude in their design choices. This year the list includes a Class 40 Racing Sailboat, a Cruising Catamaran Sailboat, a Coastal Patrol Vessel, an Anchor Handling Tug, a Humanitarian Relief Vessel, and a Tourist Submarine. It’s quite a handful and would not be possible without solid support from industry mentors. Things do get busy around here at this time of year. The Sophomores prepared for their ﬁeld trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by posing for a picture (see photo on page 36) around the courtyard fountain in attire I can only call
“colorful.” They stated they wanted to “look like liberal arts majors.” They succeeded. The Juniors attended the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston and were exposed to state of the art equipment. A series of events all within a month will keep us moving–Founder’s Day, the Board of Trustees Meeting, the Junior Design Reviews, Senior Thesis Presentations, Homecoming, and the Stephen Payne lecture on the Titanic. The spring has been beautiful, the summer is coming. Life is good. That’s the news from Webb Institute, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
(OT 3TUFF Fire-Fighting Freshmen “Fire in the engine room!”
his is not something anyone likes to hear, especially in the shipping industry. But it was just part of the action for the freshman class during the Ship Fire-Fighting Training we received this spring. As part of basic training to prepare to go aboard ship, the freshmen were sent to gain hands-on experience ﬁghting ﬁre. On a hot day at the United States Merchant Marine Fire Fighting School in New Jersey, our class donned full gear to feel the heat of the ﬂames ﬁrst hand. The class was challenged with several unique experiences that taught different aspects of ﬁreﬁghting. One highlight of the trip was the engine room ﬁre: Each student had the chance to lead a hose team straight into the burning engine room of a mock ship. Group after group, two student-led hose teams faced the dark, smoke-ﬁlled
room and battled the massive engine ﬂames. Breathing through air tanks and a respirator, wearing heavy gear–the danger was real, but all managed to put out their ﬁre and become comfortable with the use of the large, powerful water hoses. To make the day complete, we were given the opportunity to extinguish a deck helicopter ﬁre. The excitement built as gallons of kerosene were mixed with gasoline and dumped into a puddle surrounding the helicopter. Once lit, the ﬁre was overwhelming, but it was soon put down as our freshmen class, working as a team, attacked the ﬂames with hose-teams and ﬁre extinguishers. After a day of work and fun, all students survived and walked home ready to ﬁght ﬁre! –Nolan B. Conway ’15
0LOTTING 7EBBS Future Course H
ow do we envision Webb–five, ten or twenty years from now? This is the question addressed by more than 60 passionate friends of Webb at the Strategic Planning Retreat, held on campus May 11 and 12. Under clear blue skies, the group–students, professors, alumni, trustees, administration and invited guests–listened to a wide variety of perspectives and debated the alternatives. All had received working papers beforehand, chock full of fascinating material. Thanks to all for their active participation and great contributions. We discussed how best to enhance Webb’s successful heritage, based largely on evolving realities in the external environment: marine industry sector outlooks, innovative programs at other schools, broad educational trends, and new teaching technologies. We also considered the views of Webb constituencies, as expressed through surveys of alumni, parents and students; position papers written by alumni, professors and trustees; and financial projections. The retreat was very successful in setting out a wide range of considerations. We enjoyed a number of excellent panels, followed by lively discussion. And we conducted breakout groups that developed specific suggestions for building on Webb’s many strengths going forward. We don’t have all the answers yet. We did reach consensus on some points, but the broader issues will require further analysis and consideration. Topics such as recruitment of students and enhanced efforts to increase diversity, outreach and communication opportunities, and prospects to partner with other colleges and universities engendered considerable discussion. Offshore engineering and offshore renewable energy were identified as fields of growing interest to Webb
students. The benefits and challenges of establishing a Center of Excellence or focused research capability at Webb was another item of interest to many of the attendees. These are just a few of the many ideas raised during the two-day retreat. As an indication of the appetite for change within the group, when we split into breakout teams, the largest number of participants were attracted to “Significant Refocus,” others discussed “Incremental Changes,” and a few tackled “New Business Model” ideas. Great progress was made and we feel the retreat’s objectives were fully met. But much remains to be done to flesh out the most promising initiatives, communicate widely and incorporate feedback, solicit funding (via a possible capital campaign) and launch new programs. For next steps, we plan to provide feedback to the retreat participants; make white papers and other materials available to Webb constituencies; and pass specific action items to Board committees, the administration and others. Our goals are to draft a new five-year plan (2013-2017) by the October Board meeting and to furnish input to the early stages of capital campaign exploration. We are delighted to receive your comments and good ideas– please be in touch! –Dave Bovet ’70, Chair of Planning Committee
What’s Next With
Rick Paradis Director of Development In April of this year, Rick Paradis joined the Webb Institute administration as Director of Development. Webb News sat down with Rick after the Strategic Planning Retreat in May to hear his thoughts about Webb, the retreat; and what’s next for Webb’s development team.
WN: This issue of Webb News features several articles about “What’s Next” for Webb Institute. Webb was your “What’s Next” a few months ago. What motivated you to change jobs and join the Webb family? RP: I have worked in the development ﬁeld for a long time and was looking for the right opportunity. When I was approached by the search committee, my ﬁrst reaction was, “Why have I never heard of Webb Institute?” I visited the campus, met with the administration, students and a few alumni. Right away I felt that Webb was the right place for me. Webb has a robust alumni network and a top-notch educational program; it’s in the early stages of planning a comprehensive capital campaign, and I enjoy a challenge. WN: What is your favorite part about your job? RP: What really excites me–what keeps me smiling everyday–is the sheer energy I see from all corners of the campus: students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends. This energy is very special; it’s one of the attributes that makes Webb such a great place. Donors and prospective donors notice it immediately when they ﬁrst step on the campus. We have our challenges, but I am optimistic about the future of Webb. WN: Describe your experience at the strategic planning retreat. RP: First and foremost, the retreat was scheduled in coordination with the Board of Trustees meeting. It was wonderful to meet these dedicated trustees, and the personal input from such a wide variety of people was impressive. The trustee meeting was very well attended, and the retreat provided a great exchange of ideas–very healthy for the strength of the institution. Part of the fun of this job is the intellectual athletics that go on here. It’s fun to put the ideas out there,
discuss them, and develop the plan. I’m looking forward to building on and executing these plans. WN: There was a lot of discussion about ﬁnancial sustainability at the retreat. How do you plan to expand Webb’s revenue sources? RP: It’s actually the question that’s been asked the most since I started working in April. Currently, the Webb Alumni Fund is the main driver of the fundraising process. That’s a credit to the alumni who feel such an overwhelming dedication to Webb Institute. My goal is to expand the donor pool by introducing new people and organizations to Webb, by leveraging our existing relationships and forming new ones. Of the $300 billion given to nonproﬁts last year, individuals accounted for 95%. We are going to focus our efforts on those individuals that are most able to support Webb philanthropically. WN: Webb Institute is moving upward and onward with exciting new initiatives. How do you see the Webb Institute Development Ofﬁce evolving in the next few years? RP: Great question! The Strategic Plan will produce new initiatives that will require new development efforts so as not to disrupt Webb’s current economic model. The ﬁrst change that you’re likely to notice is that we will adopt a university model major gifts program. We will engage likeminded individuals with the ﬁnancial capabilities to help propel the strategic plan of Webb Institute. In order to do this, we’re going to utilize all institutional resources and build relationships with these individuals. Although this is a shift for the way that Webb raises money, we are not going to lose sight of the intimate nature of Webb Institute. The Development Ofﬁce’s mission is to support the vision.
campus news Bright, Talented and Promising:
The Class of 2016 They come from 13 different states and the island of Japan. Several are accomplished musicians, several are competitive sailors, and many got their practical engineering experience on high school robotics teams. One is a national kite building champion, and one has a bachelor’s degree in another engineering discipline from Carnegie Mellon. They’re the 22 students who make up the class of 2016, and they’ll be arriving on August 13 to start their Webb careers. Notable among the group are two students who will be the third and last siblings in their family to attend
Webb, and two members of the class who will be the ﬁrst ever home schooled students to attend Webb. This fall Webb will welcome the 17 men and ﬁve women who demonstrated through their academic and extracurricular achievements that they are excellent candidates for the Webb scholarship and academic program. They were a pleasure to interview last fall and spring, and we greatly look forward to telling you more about them after their arrival and integration into the Webb family in August. –Bill Murray
Southampton’s Second Wave
From left: Ian Teo, James Hawkes, Kimberley Neale, and Hieu Le.
Webb’s current exchange program with the University of Southampton saw the arrival of the second round of students from the university this spring, four of whom arrived on Webb’s doorstep this past March. James Hawkes, from Abington, UK; Kimberley Neale, from Southampton, UK; Hieu Le, from Hai Phong, Vietnam; and Ian Teo, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
are taking most of their courses with the senior class but got to attend the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston with the Junior class. Their impressions of Webb are very positive. They’ve truly enjoyed living in the mansion on this beautiful property, the friendliness of the community and the easy access to faculty and having their own classroom workspace. While here in the states they’ve been able to take advantage of seeing what New York City has to offer, as well as Houston and Washington, D.C., and they got to go skiing for the first time during our March ski trip. They’ll have very positive things to report back to the students of Southampton who may be considering Webb for their spring semester in 2013.
Webbies Give Back Webbies don’t just use their spare time to blow off steam. A group of students donated its time to help organize a robotics tournament with a focus on mentoring younger students. Also, in the spirit of giving back to kids, freshman Nolan Conway recruited fellow students to volunteer at a bone marrow drive carnival. Initially, the event was aimed at ﬁnding a match for 15-year-old Spencer; sadly he passed before the drive on May 6 though the event was still held in his name. The next day saw Webb community members donate 27 units of blood to potentially save three lives each at the semi-annual blood drive. 20
By Land and By Sea: Fun, Games and Sports at Webb Time for Fun
Our naval architects in training keep busy in the classroom–but they ﬁnd time to have some fun. This semester the Webbies celebrated Irish and Mexican culture with St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo-themed parties in the pub. The last few weeks of the year Webb held some staple events with great turnout: Webb welcomed friends and family to the 33rd Webbstock, headlined by Spider Nick and the Maddogs; Casino Night paid off, and the Gatsby Party was green-lit as well.
Naturally, our sea-faring Webbies excel at anything nautically related. This year the Webb sailing team was led by junior Douglas Zangre. With the help of dedicated team members, Webb was able to claim impressive third-place ﬁnishes at the Christopher Newport University and Delaware University regattas and enjoy an overall successful spring season. A happenstance of being on the sailing team is that “you get to see other colleges and meet other students while doing something you enjoy,” said sophomore James Codega. Webb hosted its annual Engineer’s cup over the May 12th13th weekend; it was a fun time for all, and a great chance for the students to show off their unique school. The sailing team ended the season with a win at the home race.
Volleyball Lack of heart cannot be blamed for the outcome of Webb volleyball this year. The volleyball team ﬁnished the season with a 1-8 record. Despite losses, our Webbies came out with the same enthusiasm each match–and others were always present to support their classmates. Coach and former player Matt Werner ’95, said he saw “at times, some of the best volleyball Webb has ever played.” Webb ﬁnished fourth at the HVMAC Volleyball Championships.
Tennis The tennis team fared slightly better, with a 2-4 record this season. Of his experience on the team, senior Dale Pederson said “It is a unique opportunity for students’ to participate in a sport that is both easily accessible and rewarding.” Two-time tennis Coach of the Year award winner Pat Doherty continued to keep up morale among the team. This season was particularly good for junior Jon Soja, who won two singles matches and one doubles match. A third-place ﬁnish was taken by Webb at the HVMAC Tennis ﬁnals. 21
campus news Professor John F. Hennings Retires On June 13, 2012, Webb Institute gathered to wish Professor John F. Hennings Fair Winds and Following Seas in his new endeavors and to thank him for over 20 years service. This awardwinning educator, veteran, mentor, and friend retired from Webb Institute at the end of the spring semester. Before joining the faculty at Webb, Professor Hennings was a Math/Science teacher in Maspeth, New York; a visiting professor in the Department of Computer Science at Pratt Institute; and a lecturer at Queensborough Community College. He then joined the faculty at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) where he won the McNaulty Award for Distinguished Teaching, which is special because it is voted upon by the students. In 1990 Professor Hennings left the USMMA and joined the faculty at Webb Institute, taking over the Electrical Engineering program. At the same time he continued to serve in the United States Navy Reserves as an Engineering Duty Ofﬁcer before retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In addition to teaching electrical engineering at Webb, he has also taught physics, statics, and dynamics. Professor Hennings is a highly recognized and awarded member of the faculty, most recently winning the IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Long Island Section Award for Excellence in Electrical Engineering and Technology Education in 2010. During his tenure at Webb he designed and supervised the installation of a new Electrical Engineering Laboratory in the Haeberle Lab building. He also authored and taught the electrical engineering portion of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) online professional engineering course (Perc). Professor Hennings’ inﬂuences were not restricted to the classroom; his spirit for volunteering challenged each one of us at Webb Institute to make a difference. He used his background in ﬁre control in the United States Navy to help implement and lead the offsite training session for Webb’s ﬁreﬁghting program. Each year he and van loads of Webbies traveled to Freehold, New Jersey, to train at the MARAD Fire Fighting School. This one-
day, hands-on ﬁreﬁghters training helped to prepare countless sophomores for their Winter Work sea term. Professor Hennings also inspired many generations of students to join him in volunteering for the local Ronald McDonald House, by donating blood at the blood drives and participating in various charitable projects and programs. Last year he and a group of students travelled to Owego, New York, to help Alexandra (Russ) Meyerson ’00 and other members of that community when ﬂooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee inundated Owego. Professor Hennings’ volunteering spirit also became part of a Webb tradition with the transformation of Founder’s Day into an afternoonlong volunteer initiative whereby students, alongside faculty, staff, and administration, work together to tackle various campus projects. Thanks to this evolution the Webb community has been power washing, planting ﬂowers, painting, and undertaking other projects on Founder’s Day since 1999. Professor Hennings also served as the advisor for students who were interested in joining the United States Navy upon graduation, making Webb Institute a leading school for candidates, with many them being accepted into the Navy NUPOC program. In 2009 Lauren Moeller became the ﬁrst woman candidate accepted into the program. In addition, one recent Webb graduate was also accepted into the United States Navy’s competitive ﬂight program. While we will miss seeing him in the halls of Webb Institute every day, Professor Hennings’ educational inﬂuences and volunteering legacy will continue to inspire us for generations. Professor Hennings plans to continue living on Long Island, splitting his time between ﬁshing, teaching review courses for the Professional Engineering Exam, and taking courses at a local college to pursue interests beyond Electrical Engineering. The Webb Institute community wishes Professor John F. Hennings Fair Winds and Following Seas in his new endeavors and thanks him for his commitment to Webb and his legacy of volunteerism.
in memoriam 1935 Webb Institute announces with sorrow the passing of our beloved senior alum, Willard V. “Bill” Markey, at the age of 98, on February 12, 2012. Bill attended post-graduate school at Yale University in 1936, and obtained a third assistant engineer’s license (unlimited) in the same year. He was employed by the Bureau of Construction and Repair, U.S. Navy Department in 1937. During the next eight years he held positions as quarterman shipfitter, hull inspector and assistant hull superintendent at Sun Ship Bethlehem Steel Works, Inc., in New Iberia, LA until 1948, and then took a three-year temporary retirement to study surfing in LaJolla, CA. He was the Owner and President of Acme Iron Works for 27 years, until his retirement in 1978. He was a life associate and 50-year member of SNAME. He was known to sport a bow tie, custom-converted from a standard Webb tie, and proudly wore it to Webb’s Homecoming in 2010. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa, and was predeceased by his wife, Florence, in 1993.
1943 Joseph H. Thornton, Jr. USN (Ret.) of Atlantic Beach, FL passed away at the age of 91 on December 3, 2011. Capt. Thornton served as supervisor of shipbuilding at Mayport Naval Station 1971-74. Thornton graduated from Webb Institute and served in the U.S. Navy 31 years. He
was selected to attend a program in Naval Engineering at MIT 1947-50 and to attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI, 1959-60. He and his wife Scotty lived in 12 different duty stations including their favorites, Hawaii and Japan. In 1974 he retired from active duty and traveled to Mexico, Greece, Morocco and Egypt, where he assisted with international marine engineering projects under the International Executive Service Corps. He taught engineering at Jacksonville University and college courses in math, scientific report writing and oceanography aboard Navy destroyers in the PACE program. A founder of the Pablo Kiwanis Club in Jacksonville Beach, Joe served as its president and later served as Florida’s Kiwanis lieutenant governor. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gertrude L. Scotty Thornton, and his children, Elaine Simmerman (Barry), John Thornton (Joan), Janet Rust (Steve), and Barbara Boleda (Orlando). He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren. He is remembered by his family for his integrity, lifelong commitment to learning, sense of humor, warm generosity, and adventurous spirit.
1944A Robert H. Owens passed away at the age of 90 on February 28, 2012, in his home in Lynchburg, VA. Upon graduating from Webb, he received his M.A. in mathematics from Columbia University, 1948, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from California Institute of Technology, 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy, 1944-1946. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1964 as Lieutenant Commander. He served as instructor of mathematics at Stevens Institute of Technology; teaching assistant at California Institute of Technology;
research associate at the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University; physical science coordinator at the Office of Naval Research; assistant and associate professor of mathematics and director of computer center at the University of New Hampshire; acting head of mathematical science section at the National Science Foundation; professor and chairman of the department of applied mathematics and computer science, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia; liaison scientist of the Office of Naval Research in London, England. He published numerous research papers. He is survived by his wife, Harriett Clausen Owens, his four children and five grandchildren.
William J. Blanton, Jr. of Tall Timbers, MD passed away peacefully on January 10, 2012 after a long illness, at the age of 62. He fought a long, hard battle with cancer. He attacked the disease with his engineer’s technical focus and his legal research skills and did his best to keep it invisible to those around him. RADM Robert C. Olsen, Jr., president of Webb Institute remarked, “Bill was an extremely helpful and engaged member of the Board of Trustees who lent his expertise in many areas, particularly in the critical 2011 redesign of the campus bulkhead. He was a great friend, whose profound love and respect for Webb will be sorely missed by the entire Webb community.” Bill became a Webb Trustee in 2007. The founder and president of Chesapeake Materials, Inc., Stafford, VA, he earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in 1976,
and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1996. He served as Director of the legal research and writing program at Mason from 1997-2001, and was a licensed professional engineer in the states of VA, MD, and the District of Columbia. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard upon his graduation from Webb and served until 1976. He is survived by his wife, Judith; brother, Ran; a sister, Cathy; five children; six step-children, and a host of grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life was held on January 20 at the Calvert Marine Museum. He will be sorely missed within the Webb community.
1972 John Charles Taylor, 61, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on April 7, 2012 from metastasized skin cancer. After graduating from Webb he later earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He spent most of his career in the electric utilities field, working at Salt River Project, Public Service Company of New Mexico, and El Paso Electric. He spent many of those years as a liaison to Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. John served on the school board of the Osborn School District and was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 127. He loved the outdoors, hiking, and camping. He continued learning throughout his life as an avid reader on topics ranging from history to current events and as a world traveler. He is survived by his wife, Joanna; his two children, Greta (Josh Pierro) and Kevin; granddaughter, Anika Pierro; sisters Jacquelyn (Leslie Collins) and Joanna (Gary Christman); brothers-inlaw: James Groseta (Melanie) and John Groseta, and sister-in-law, Mary Beth Groseta.
W E B B N E W S
1944B 1945 Ed and Ruth Klemmer returned on May 2 from a two-week river cruise in Europe covering Prague, Meissen, Dresden, Wittenberg, Potsdam and Berlin with a side trip by train to Hamburg. Reconstruction of East Berlin is remarkable in the dozen years since reunification. Prague, like most other former Communist cities, is improving in every way. Hamburg (where Ruth’s parents were born) seemed more affected by the financial recession but is not really in bad shape. The fields and farms looked good everywhere. We saw no remaining damage from the massive flood of 2002.
Tom Bond: ”It’s been almost 67 years since my graduation from Webb, then located in the Bronx. As many of you know I was a professor at Webb from 1961 until I retired in 1990 and what a wonderful experience that was, teaching the talented, friendly and intelligent students. Thank you! Having lived in Glen Cove all these years, I have been able to attend most Alumni functions and many student activities. I was extremely honored to have been chosen to be the topic of the ‘Alumni Spotlight’ in the Winter 2011-2012 Webb News.”
Bob Reed: “Helen and I are both as well as we can possibly be for our ages. On May 27th I will have my 90th birthday. My daughter asked me how I would like to celebrate it with my family, and I told her that I would like a typical Wisconsin celebration of bratwurst and hamburgers on the grill.”
1950 We eight are all getting older with some aches and complaints plus most all our grandchildren are in or beyond college. Bob Pierce commented that come this August it will be 66 years since we all arrived to start our time as Webb ’50, the last Class to start up in the Bronx. I add that during our winter work
period that year Webb moved to the then new campus in Glen Cove. When our winter work was over the move was not quite complete, and we all got additional time off before the Spring semester began. Having some time and a little extra money from the work period, I started building my first boat in my Dad’s garage, a 15-foot sailboat. When finished it was no beauty, but it did sail fairly well and later did have it and used it at Webb in Glen Cove for about a year.
1952 Seven members of the Class of 1952 are meeting for our bi-annual reunion in Falmouth again this year in mid-October. This seems to be the timing and location
4HE )NVINCIBLE -OLLY ,UKE By Barbara Hamlin (Hon.), Encouraged and assisted by George Gilmore ’57 There is perhaps no one alive today who has had as long an association with Webb Institute as Mary Owen Luke–always known as Molly–the daughter of William Selkirk Owen and Eleanor Doty Owen. Molly was born January 11, 1917; she was 10 years old when her father, a member of the Webb class of 1903, accepted a position as professor of naval architecture and dean of the faculty and she and her parents moved from Montclair, New Jersey, into the 42-room building in the Bronx that was Webb. Roger Luke, a member of the class of 1931, was a sophomore when the Owens arrived, and he is said to have offered his help to the Owen family as they settled in. Molly has fond memories of walking through the porte-couchere and across the front of that huge Victorian castle-like building, following the carriage path to the street below where she caught the trolley that took her to the Barnard School for Girls. She returned to Montclair for her junior and senior years of high school, graduated at 17 and attended Wheaton
College for two years but is quick to tell you that she didn’t graduate because she got married to Roger Luke. Roger’s maritime career took the family from New York to Bath Iron Works and Hyde Windlass Co. in Maine, where they and their two sons were well known citizens of Bath and later of Topsham. For many years Roger was a trustee of the Maine Maritime Museum, and even long after his death Molly was a spirited docent there. Long ago, her professor father had been known for his infectious enthusiasm and nicknamed “Windy.” Those same enthusiastic qualities are obvious in Molly today. Now 95, Molly still lives alone in the house that she and Roger lived in together. She has mourned the death of one of her sons. She continues to be a colorful presence in the area–at the Maine Maritime Museum, at Grace Episcopal Church and supporting the Mid-Coast Symphony Orchestra. Invincible, indeed! This daughter of a much loved Webb professor and the widowed wife of a Webb graduate is, herself, much loved and admired by all who have had the good fortune to know her.
that facilitates maximum participation (six out of seven, plus one “X”). Three of the spouses attending were dating us at Webb, so it’s their reunion also!
1954 Joe and Janet Signorelli hosted a mini reunion for classmates in Florida at the beginning of March. Frank and Wanda Falci, Art and Marilyn Burr, and Bonnie and Paul Hayes were all beneficiaries of Joe and Janet’s hospitality. Tom Manuel is recuperating from hip replacement surgery April 4.
Museum. There were extensive serious discussions about the state of Webb Institute. Assignments were made for collecting information about the current situation. The emails are flying. Mark Forssell reports that he worked at the headquarters for Naval Nuclear Propulsion mostly in Washington D.C. for 33 years under ADM Rickover. Following retirement from the government, he did consulting work for two years followed by five years directing design of an advanced gas-cooled reactor for General Atomics in San Diego, CA. After retiring again he is enjoying volunteer work, playing golf, sailing and traveling.
Left to right: Paul and Bonnie Hayes, Janet and Joe Signorelli, Wanda and Frank Falci, Marilyn and Art Burr.
1955 In March Mark and Shirley Forssell hosted a Class of 1955 Reunion in Savannah, GA. Eight out of 15 living class members and six spouses attended. The reunion was well planned and executed, as expected. The class enjoyed the camaraderie, good food, and a show at the Savannah Theater along with tours of the LNG Terminal, the container ship terminal and The Mighty 8th Air Force
Halsey Herreshoff remains active in boat design in Bristol, RI, as President of “Herreshoff Designs,” working alongside Adam Langerman, Class of 2004, plus involvement in the administration of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, and service on the Bristol Town Council following his four terms as mayor of Bristol. As always, Halsey does lots of sailing, including racing in his Herreshoff “NY 40” yawl and other boats.
Ulrich Koch retired in 1999 and during retirement has traveled extensively in Europe and taken classes at Kent State, mainly in German and history. His wife, Opal, died in 2010. A major portion of his time recently has been spent helping his children fix up their homes. Horton Lain retired in 1991 and moved to the Ocean City, MD area with his wife, Dolly. They have been touring North America by motor home for six-seven months a year ever since. Horton plays ping pong and pickle ball about seven times a week. Justin McCarthy has had some cancer issues but life continues. Justin and his wife Sally have granddaughters near their home in Bethesda, MD. They enjoy courses at the Lifelong Learning Institute, gardening, swimming and walking the Delaware ocean beaches. Justin does some consulting on the new “Practical Naval Architecture.” Rick Thorpe just retired from Herbert Engineering Corp. while still being on board for part-time staff support. Of nearly six decades in the maritime industry he spent half in shipbuilding and half in ship design and consulting. And the split in time between military ships and commercial vessels was one third/two thirds. Since the last ’55 reunion in 2010, Rick has been mostly creating and managing R&D programs on such subjects as a high-speed trimarans, coastal shipping (America’s Marine Highways) and SeaTrain technology, and also supporting the operation of the HEC Annapolis Office, which he established in 2001. With retirement he will have
more time for sailing and overseeing the management of the family housekeeping cottages business in Maine. It was the site of the four-day ’55 class reunion in 2007. If you are interested in an “Idea for a Maine vacation” venue right on the shores of Boothbay Harbor, please visit the website (www. Harborfields.com). Webb activity has included being a member of the Industry Advisory Group and now participating in the very active Webb Development Committee activity. Charles Visconti enlisted in the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School immediately following graduation. He was commissioned as an ensign and married to Roberta in February 1956. After his honorable discharge in November 1958 he returned to the New York City area and took employment with two successive naval architectural firms. In 1961 he joined International Cargo Gear Bureau (ICGB). With Roberta’s help he held various positions in the Webb Alumni Association. He served 25 years on the Webb Board including 17 years as Board Chairman. He continues working as President and Chairman of ICGB.
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from the mid-Atlantic Ridge. In the interests of science, graduation will have to wait!
Paul Diehl reports: “Rather than the usual news of life in a retirement community in paradise (Florida, Arizona, or California), the following is true: I have chosen to remain married to my job at Diehl Engineering Company, to the cold, damp, blustery Northwest, and to my wife of 56 years, our three sons, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren who all also live in the c,d,b NW. I can unabashedly boast the following: (1) I have been an independent engineer living off my wits since 1966; (2) Three of the four engineers at DEC have a Diehl surname; (3) Among other skills we offer, DEC has become the premier, get-it-done, ship propulsion alignment service in the US. This is not rocket science, but it does keep the wolf from the door very nicely.”
Larry and Donene Harrison are happy to report the birth of a baby girl to their son Stephen and his wife Vanessa on February 1. Mother and baby are doing fine. Donene just returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January, visiting Jerusalem and other Biblical sites. She loved the trip so much that Larry will join her for another trip to Israel in April. Then in August they plan to cruise to Alaska, and travel overland to the Arctic Circle. Larry calls himself a relaxed retiree, keeping busy with a slow refurbishment of their house and yard, along with enjoying local hiking and San Francisco Bay Area cultural activities.
1959 Pete Gale reports that he and Jo are doing fine. They are enjoying sharing time with their five wonderful grandchildren. Their four daughters have all left the nest and are pursuing their own lives and careers. Their youngest daughter, Allie, is completing work at Harvard on her Ph.D. in geo-chemistry. She is due to graduate in late May. However, her faculty advisor just informed Allie that she is going to sea on the research vessel KNORR in early May for six weeks. She will be collecting core samples
“Things are going well for us,” writes Bill Hurt. I consider Ruth and myself to be very fortunate. I seem to be still very much in demand by our NATO customer; they don’t want me to quit, and they envision at least two more years. The work is interesting and the environment friendly and conducive to good living. Ruth has a fine Bösendorfer piano, and I put together a large Hauptwerk.com-based organ for practice. Our rental house is large and a great music studio. Our son is an engineering manager in several companies, including one here in Germany which seems to be growing rapidly in spite of all the economic problems worldwide.” Bill and Ruth live approximately midway between Dusseldorf and Aachen on the railway; the nearest stop is
Gellenkirchen, and they would welcome visiting classmates. George Kerr is getting around better now, and even thinks about getting to our class reunion in Newport next year. George says, “really liked learning that our class gave 100% to the Webb Alumni Fund last year. I’ll contribute again this year.” Our classmates were sad to learn that George lost his wife, Sara, in April after a long illness. We wish him support from family and friends, and pray for his own well-being in the time ahead. Bill and Carmen Marrin are still busy with their psychotherapy counseling practices and with frequent visits from grandchildren, who are “…way too energetic but sooo delightful.” In his spare time Bill works with a handyman cleaning out their 140-year-old basement and patching up spots where the mortar between stones is crumbling and leaking on rainy days. “The basement is built of randomly bread-loaf sized Connecticut granite stones, discarded ballast from the schooners that used to be the major means of transportation here.” Bill recently hosted a monthly meeting of a small group of psychologists interested in exploring the borders between psychotherapy and religion. “On a recent agenda was the question of how to interpret religious language, or use it in a meaningful way, when people have (even the most thoughtful of us) so little idea what our words or symbols refer to.” Bill and Carmen are taking a course in
Italian Renaissance history in anticipation of what probably will be their last trip to Tuscany this summer. They look forward to attending our 2013 reunion in Newport, and send greetings to all the Class of ’59 and wives. At the home of Ed and Diann Shope the economic times literally have come home to roost. “Our older son Scott, his wife Jocelyn and their two sons Carter 5, and Owen, 3, have moved in with us, while they seek new jobs and a new home. Meanwhile, our younger son Michael and his sales manager Chris labor out in our garage/greenhouse building the fortunes of CleanRepublic.com, and are in their fourth year of selling electric bike kits and amazing solar-collector tubes. Life has become a bit too cozy, but sustainable, and it’s never a bore. In April we will travel to Romania and then to France to rendezvous with seldomseen friends and relatives. We’ll get re-acquainted amidst good walks, talks, food and wine. Also I’ll realize a lifelong ambition, which is to cross the Atlantic both ways by ship as a passenger, not a deck officer or an engine cadet. I’ve just finished reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, an excellent novel by first-time author Helen Simonson. It’s a romance novel for retirementage readers with a good balance of humor and action, and I highly recommend it.” Oren Stephans lives the retired life in Fort Meyers, Florida. He’s in good health, but reports that his email is unreliable, so he would like to hear from classmates by
post at 6932 Dog Leg Way, Fort Meyers, Florida 33919, or by phone at (239) 940-2122. Oren feels we were all very lucky to have received our full-scholarship education at Webb, and will do all he can in support of Webb. Don Szostak writes, that they continue in retirement with travel being the cornerstone of our enjoyment. (The spirit remains willing but the flesh is getting weaker!) After the wonderful Class of ’59 reunion in Tiburon, California, in October, 2011, we agreed to assist the Zuerners in planning another grand reunion in Newport, R.I., in 2013. Other really notable events involve travel to visit grandchildren in faraway places, i.e., France over Easter and Hawaii in May. Don’s maritime arbitrator activity helps grease the ways of affordability for these forays.” Bill and Betty Webster write that Betty had a hip replacement in January followed by the ups and downs of recovery. Betty says, “I’m not there yet, but I’m now graduating from a walker to walking sticks. I’ll be able to drive in mid-April. One special reward of this experience is time to be with my 4-year-old granddaughter. Her doll house is in my bedroom, and it is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to her talking with and for its inhabitants. And we have had much time to just ‘hang out’ together talking and fancifying about this and that.”
Gene and Mary Yourch write: “We are thankful that all three of our families are doing quite nicely on their own. Our home is quite small, a two-bedroom condo, but since it is on the water and has protected boat slips we have an immense ‘back yard.’ Our travel last winter was a three-legged trip for Christmas and the New Year. We first flew to Saratoga Springs, NY, and spent a week with Kyla, Chuck and their three girls, Paige, Peyton and Hunter. Our next flight was to Raleigh, NC, where we spent a week with Kim, Jay and their two children, Andrew and Kathryn. From there we flew to Florida to visit our good friends on Long Boat Key. The last leg was back to Raleigh where we have our own suite. A week later we left for home. By this time the painters were almost finished painting our condo. Now we can relax and enjoy our seemingly very mild winter. Rehearsals begin tonight for the North Fork Chorale. Both of us sing in this group.” Dick and Joan Zuerner enjoyed a recent weekend with the Szostaks laying plans for our 2013 reunion in Newport. They are both fine. Dick has a new granddaughter born to his second son Paul, bringing his grandchildren to a total of four girls. His youngest son John is not yet married, so Dick still hopes for a grandson to carry on the Zuerner family name. He also recommends that readers enjoy the novel Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje, the author of The English Patient. It’s about three boys, age 11, who undertake a voyage from Sri Lanka to London.
1961 Roger H. Compton: After 13 fun-filled and extremely rewarding years as Academic Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture at Webb, I retired at the end of June, 2011. Jill and I returned to our home on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Coauthorship of an undergraduate text in naval architecture, having more unscripted time to spend with our kids and grandkids, enjoying our home and community, and getting back into the musical and theatrical scenes of Annapolis are our major foci. Thanks to all of the Webb Family for your unwavering support over the last 50 years!
1962 Albert “Bert” Bowers: “Living in Brighton, Ontario, near Presque Isle Bay off Lake Ontario with wife Elaine. Active in sailing two small boats I have built and Lady Elaine, a C&C Redwing 30. Daughter Jessica is a family practice doctor in Moorestown, NJ (granddaughter Briana, b. 2007); Daughter Winnie in Los Angeles, California, is jewelry designer; son Matt has a band, the Dirty Names, based in Annapolis, Maryland and touring across U.S. and Canada. Elaine has two daughters, Karine and Stephanie living nearby in Ontario. Stephanie recently gave birth to grandson, Damian, now 4 months old. “I am also active in the local music scene,
singing and playing guitar (Something I learned while a student at Webb). Looking forward to 50th reunion at Webb in May 2012!”
1963 George Birkhead: “I am also employed by Bay Diesel Corp., a diesel engine and generator sales and service company headquartered at 3736 Cook Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23323. Telephone: (757) 485-0075.” Donald Deckebach: “I went to work for the US Navy after graduation, doing design and project management for Navy Underway Replenishment Systems at the SF Navy Yard and the Ship Missile Engineering Station in Port Hueneme. In 1967, I figured out that the flower-children had a better idea, so I joined the party getting started in the Haight Ashbury. About the time I started getting a little burned out in 1971, I was recruited to go back to work in D.C. at the Pentagon, receiving assurances that my T-shirts, jeans, long hair and beard would fit in just fine. I met my future life-long wife Mary in D.C., and we moved to San Francisco after we got married in 1973. This time, I worked while partying, becoming a management consultant, the very definition of ’maximum pay for minimum effort.’ For the next 30 years I consulted on projects such as North Sea oil platforms in London (where I worked for Larry Krantz ’65), Canadian and US oil fields and pipelines,
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rapid transit systems, ballistic missile defense, GPS satellites and spy satellites. I also was an expert witness on several cases involving cost and schedule overruns such as the Chevron tankers built by Gunderson in Portland and several satellite systems. We moved to Los Angeles in 1983. I sort of retired in 2003 (consultants don’t get retirement parties, they just don’t go out on jobs anymore) and am back to full-time relaxation and enjoyment (except for the daily honey-do list). Mary is 10 years younger than me and loves her work as the Regional Manager for First Republic Bank.”
1967 Since this is a big reunion year (45), there’s been a lot of correspondence to report on. Here’s a try: Kit and Cathy Ryan are not only coming to the reunion, but Kit has put in an extraordinary amount of effort arranging for what promises to be an elegant Friday night event just for us at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. I’m not sure that we’re good enough for them, but that’s their problem. Kit has also been reaching each of us by phone, email or whatever to encourage attendance. We owe him a big load of thanks.
John Russell ’67, Mary Fellows, Lois Storch, and Richie Storch ’67. Russell and Mary met them for a delightful dinner a month or so ago and got caught up a bit. Richie started a year’s sabbatical last fall, which will be spread out over two years to facilitate the succession of his department chairmanship at the University of Washington. Richie is writing a book called Ship Production, so he and Lois picked up a new BMW in Munich and traveled to Croatia, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy and France, ostensibly to visit shipyards. The extended family joined them in Europe. Next fall Richie’s sabbatical takes him to Korea, Japan, Germany, Spain, France and likely Australia (just to check on John Sirutis). Richie and Lois have three grandchildren. John and Barb Sirutis are in the process of moving back from Spain to Australia, so they can’t make our reunion.
Bill and Kathy McCreight plan to attend our Friday night dinner (if Bill isn’t called for jury duty). Richie and Lois Storch also plan to attend the Friday event, but they need to be in Orlando the next morning. John
Richie Storch ’67 and his wife Lois.
Irv and Ava Raphael will honor us with their presence for the weekend. As any of you who read the sports section of any paper already know, Irv’s Syracuse basketball team was ranked either #1 or #2 during the recent season. For reasons that maybe Irv will share, their star center was declared ineligible for the playoffs, and Syracuse didn’t get to play for the national championship. Irv has achieved the dream of all of us: his son is taking over not only his medical practice but his status as Syracuse team physician. Paul Chapman is still active as a ship broker and consultant, but Paul and Susan have “upstaked” from Connecticut to Vail a couple of years ago. They invite visitors in all seasons, but they can’t make the reunion. Dave and Phyllis Yannitell will attend the reunion weekend. Dave has generously offered to update our contact information, which is an ongoing and important job. Dave is doing what George Bush called “noocooler” work at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. They intend to retire this summer and move into their
1890 home in Coldspring, TX, where they will be able to attend some of those Houston events that Tom Koster frequently organizes. Bob and Joyce Hall both retired three years ago, on target (except that Bob still works part time in ship design). They live in Lancaster County PA in the Amish country, 50 miles west of Philadelphia. They took a five-week vacation to Big Bend National Park and southern New Mexico and Arizona in March. They have commitments that prevent them from coming to our reunion.
Wayne Martin ’67, Kiki Martin, with John Russell ’67. Wayne and Kiki Martin have moved virtually full time to Sun Valley from Lopez Island, WA, to be closer to their daughter and her young family. They bought a gorgeous house with a stream running through it and are getting immersed in the community. John Russell and Mary have visited them in March in each of the last several years. Tom Mattson (and perhaps Susan) and Tom Koster and his wife Misumi will attend our reunion at Webb.
1968 Ralph Johnson: “After graduating from Webb, I spent 3 years as a U.S. Coast Guard officer in New York City, reviewing the stability and structures of U.S. merchant vessels ranging from passenger sailboats to container-ships and tankers. During that time, I went to school at night and received a Master of Ocean Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. I then took a position as a civilian with the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. where I was involved with developing safety standards for U.S. and international vessels, and served on delegations to the International Maritime Organization in London. In 1977 I took a job with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a Naval Architect and Maritime Accident Investigator. Some of my memorable investigations were the sinkings of the Great Lakes bulk carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, the offshore drilling unit Ocean Ranger, and the drill-ship Glomar Java Sea. Later on I was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and became Deputy Director of NTSB’s Office of Surface Transportation Safety, where I managed the investigations of highway, maritime, pipeline, hazardous materials, and railroad transportation accidents. Finally, I was promoted to associate managing director and was responsible for the technical development and writing quality of all NTSB aviation, highway, maritime,
pipeline, hazardous materials, and railroad products. In 2000, at the age of 54, I married my wonderful wife, Debra, and retired from NTSB in June 2001. In October 2001, my wife and I adopted the first of our three children from Guatemala, Maria and Tony. Shortly thereafter, I took a part-time job as the Finance Manager for a nonprofit organization, ASPAN, which helps the homeless in Arlington, Virginia. We adopted our third child, Jose, in 2006, and I retired from my second career in 2009. My wife and I live in Alexandria, VA, and are now full-time parents, volunteering with the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and Our Lady Queen of Peace, Catholic Church in Arlington, VA. My interests are gardening and our two 10-year olds and one 7-year old. I also have by marriage a 38-year old son, Dietmar, daughter-in-law, Dawn and two granddaughters Sierra, 7, and Cheyanne, 2 years old. I have been an active member of SNAME since 1967 and ASNE since 1968, including SNAME section chairman and chairman of SNAME Ship Technical and Operations Committee.”
June day so long ago, but also much knowing assention– especially by my parents, grandparents, and classmates. For four years (’70–’74) at NNS&DDCo and another (’75) at JJMA, I did my best to stay in the industry, but like my father before me (B.S. in NA MIT ’46), I was eventually (and probably inevitably) pulled back into the family business (concrete floor coatings and toppings). Within a year, through an odd series of events, we were exposed to what was rapidly emerging as a huge problem in warehouse construction: namely, the inability of concrete flatwork contractors (American or otherwise) to build floors flat enough to
support the operation of the new high-bay, narrow-aisle, wire-guided lift trucks that were obviously the future of warehousing. Within two years (i.e., by the summer of 1978), we had solved the problem and were going around the world teaching contractors how to build ‘superflat’ floors (more later).” Eric Linsner and his wife Pat will be married 40 years in April. Many, including Millie Draper, said it would not last. The happy couple attributes this feat to extreme patience and the contributing factor of business travel schedules which probably reduced the time together to 28 years. continued on next page
1970 Allen Face: “It’s now been 42 years since Admiral Brockett, vigorously shaking my hand in obvious pleasure at my imminent departure, announced to all assembled that to his knowledge, this graduation ceremony was the first thing for which I’d ever been on time. There was much laughter on that fine
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effective January 1, 2012. John will welcome suggestions regarding potential nominees.
Paul Gronwall: “Following Webb and three years in the U.S. Coast Guard, I worked in the offshore oil industry, container shipping, and naval weapon systems. Experience as a naval architect led to a career in management consulting with clients in the maritime sector. Sixteen years as a consultant was followed by seven years as a journalist writing about the consulting industry in Management Consultant International. I have now returned to consulting and am a member of Maritime Management Consulting. Never far from ships, Gail and I live alongside the Hood Canal in Washington, watching submarines pass on their way in and out of the Bangor Trident Base.”
John Malone ’71. John Malone and his wife Amy visited friends in Vero Beach, Florida, in January... and discovered a little known route to Webb! John was appointed Chair of the SNAME Fellows Committee
Rich Celotto reports that his oldest daughter Rebecca got married back on October 29 during one of the only two days that it snowed this winter in the Washington, D.C. area. “Naturally, it was an outdoor wedding, but after a few hours of sheer panic, everything worked out stupendously. Meanwhile, our other two children, both graduates of Duquesne University, live and work in Pittsburgh. I’m still enjoying consulting for Coast Guard shipbuilding programs with a team from my company Designers & Planners on-site at CG HQ, which is planning to move across the Anacostia River to the new DHS complex next year. Kathy is teaching junior high school literature. Am looking forward to crewing for classmate Ted Slotwinski on his J-33 this summer, but also plan to get re-certified for scuba diving with the Boy Scouts in Florida in July.” John Knobel: “Colette and I are still a long way from retirement as the kids are still in school. My daughter will be leading the fencing team at Lafayette College as a junior next year while my son is a junior in high school. Colette is a corporate attorney. This summer will mark my 25th year at The MITRE Corporation where I’m on the periphery of the nation’s cyber-wars. We live outside of Boston and the only nautical
element left in my life is very-small-boat sailing on the lake at our summer-house in New Hampshire. I am still competing and instructing in the shooting sports, although I will probably go to the national matches only every other year now. While I still have some motorcycles I spend more time on my “Ferret” armored vehicle these days. The guitar collection is in danger of taking over the house. Since the chances of my making the music “big time” are slim, I indulged in Rock Camp last year. Classmates might remember the incessant repetition of “Tommy” and “Who’s Next” during our stay at Webb. If you search YouTube for videos by “jknorton0210” you will find two of me playing bass. One is with Roger Daltrey of the Who and the other is a performance at B.B. Kings in New York.” Keith Michel: “Peggy and I have been busy building a house. We do this every ten years–waiting just long enough to forget how much sheetrock weighs, and to be confronted with a new set of building codes. Last summer, our son Joshua was married at the top of a mountain in the Sierras: part of his transition from ski bum to biochemical engineer. Jim Dwyer ’72, Josh’s Godfather, participated in the ceremony and a number of other Webbie’s attended. A most enjoyable time. Next year marks my 40th year at Herbert Engineering. I have cut back to part time, giving Peggy & myself more time for Webb, scuba diving and red wine.”
Ted Slotwinski retired from the U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Naval Reactors in 2007. Moved from Virginia to Maryland in 2010 to downsize and be closer to the Chesapeake Bay and sailing my 1989 J-33. No children. Live quietly with my 13-year old cat.
1977 Bob Stortstrom wrote: “On June 1, 2012, I retired from NAVSEA after 35 years of U.S. Navy Ship and Submarine Concept Design work.” John Vasilakos: “I am married to Donna (since 1978) and have one child, a daughter who is currently attending George Mason University (VA). Have lived in Northern Virginia since graduation.”
1983 Craig Pomeroy: Married to Crystal (Szucs) in 1989, two daughters Erin (b. 1991) and Abbey (b. 1995).
1984 Dane Hendrix married to Michelle since 1987. Three kids: Kurt, Luke, and Alayna. Kurt is pursuing a Master’s in Science Education to follow his B.S. in Physics. Luke is a sophomore at UMD studying History and Mech Eng. Alayna is a freshman at UMD studying Animal Sciences.
1987 Aileen (Kleiman) Sedmak: Work for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, leading DoD Systems Engineering Policy and Guidance “I live in Manassas and am married to a wonderful man, William. I have two children, Rachel and Zachary. Rachel (my beautiful but stubborn redhead) was born in November of 1994 and Zachary (my little charming wild man) was born in October of 2005.”
1988 Mitch Dmohowski reports he “is building wind and solar projects in Hawaii.” Ian Busch reports he and his kids, Allison and Jack, (mostly) enjoyed a quick trip to Hawaii in mid-April, surfing Waikiki (including with classmate Mitch D), eating shave ice and hula dogs, and paddling outrigger canoes. The two young’uns proved to be excellent slide-flippers for the SNAME presentation that justified Ian’s part of the journey. The event was marred only by Ian’s efforts to shorten the rental car by 18" by using another rental car. Minor injuries were survived, and the three returned to San Diego for a bit of healing from the vacation. Vicky Dlugokecki reports “In my job as a consultant, I get down to the Gulf Coast pretty often. Check out the article I wrote in the January issue of SNAME (mt) magazine called ‘Great Eats–In Search of the
Best Seafood Dives on the Gulf Coast.’ I also happened to be in the Big Easy for the championship game of the NCAA Final Four. A couple of hundred dollars later, I found myself in the Superdome with a bunch of beads around my neck and a souvenir cup in my hand watching Kentucky beat Kansas. Check me out on the FanCam–you can find me in Section 328. Lastly, my consulting travels also brought me to Orlando, where in my off time I got to go to Universal Studios, Walt Disney World Epcot Center, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, bringing me back to the days of my misspent youth.” Steven Pagan: Currently working on a deepwater Floating Production Unit project assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia. Will return to the U.S.A., probably Houston, maybe in 2014.
1989 Greg and Rose Matzat are still living in New York City. Greg, though, is also spending time in Washington D.C. working for the U.S. Department of Energy in its Wind and Water Power Program trying to put windmills in the water. When not chasing windmills, Greg is racing his E Scow on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. Rob Reed is working in San Francisco for a tech company whose name is dangerously close to something not usually said in polite company. Brett Vitols: “Looks like my future will have a lot more chili crab and trips
to Singapore! Just finished a five-week revitalization of Rhapsody of the Seas at Sembawang in February/ March and will be making arrangements for a similar job on Legend of the Seas next January. Nice to be back home though.”
1990 Gene Gotimer: Working as a software architect for a small company of consultants doing secure agile software development.
1993 Al Kamahi continues to stay busy with kids’ soccer and house remodel. Chris Garver surfaced just to let people know he was still around. Erik Nilsson enjoying the south Florida lifestyle, regularly sending out pictures of boating and beaches.
51 Flight III Destroyer Class. These 33 ships procured in 2016-2030 will be the battle force’s premier Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) platform replacing the legacy Ticonderoga (CG 47) Class Cruisers in the Navy Fleet. The DDG Flight III Destroyers will incorporate the new, more powerful Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) system with upgrades in detection capability and combat system performance. Peter Wallace is working in commercial, tanker sector for oil major in Houston.
1995 Tom and Kim Beckley learned in October that twins will be joining the family in June! Mike and Kathy Hutchings recently enjoyed a wonderful vacation in London (see photo above), visited Joe Corvelli ’93, wife Jill and their three beautiful girls. Good times and great company.
Jake and Mary Neuman are busy with kids’ activities: spring baseball with Nick and Tommy and soon to be swimming with Ellie too. Carey Filling was selected as the NAVSEA 05D2 Senior Ship Design Manager for the DDG
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class notes Pat and Kasey Hester welcomed a son, Gavin, into the world at Thanksgiving last year. As a result, Patrick’s travel and kickball have been curbed. They have enjoyed the anchor that Maryn and Gavin have provided, forcing grandparents to travel to Norfolk to see the kids and not vice versa. Attending the Mutnick wedding from Webb were Liam O’Connell ’98, Andrew Bond ’98, Gene Miller ’96 and Thad Michael ’97. Stu Greene and his wife, Heidi Landen-Greene ’96, live and work in Houston, TX with their son Milo and daughter Corinne. “I completed my Masters of Industrial Engineering degree at University of Houston in Spring, 2009.”
1996 Nicole d’Auteuil and Ian Mutnick ’96 got married June 18, 2011 in Exeter, NH. Mr. and Mrs. Mutnick now live in Portsmouth, NH.
2001 With no official weddings, graduations, or other event on the docket for the summer of 2012, and with the everexpanding family additions, this may be the first year a majority of the class of 2001 does not muster for a reunion of sorts. There are always a few looking for an excuse to enjoy libations while reliving past glories, so something may pan out for the late summer or fall.
Tony Beale continues to fly (or shall we say sail?) under the radar in San Diego. Aside from full-time sailboat design, we understand he and Kristy have a full sailing/ RVing schedule for the summer. We also believe he is the first classmate to be prominently featured in a Youtube video: www.youtube. com/watch?v=TktFprgX9lo. The Benoit clan of Jamie, Gwen, Kai and Missy are doing well. It has been a busy winter at their Ft. Lauderdale household as Kai is running and the weather has been great. They have tried to make the most of it with a bunch of weekend trips including a day at excavator school. Jamie has the Bobcat hat to prove it. (And no ’01 class notes are complete without a Benoit seasonal beer selection: the Vanilla Porter!) Brian Heberley, wife Christine ’02, and son Derek are making the most of Boston. Brian has one more year at MIT to go before they intend to return to Hampton Roads. Despite the churn, they are looking forward to welcoming a sibling for Derek later this summer.
John Hootman is still playing Tetris with Navy budget line items at the Pentagon. He is taking some time off in May to attend a firefighter training course in Norfolk that will afford him the opportunity to catch up with area classmates. Luke Hurt has been enjoying the Pacific Northwest in the eight months or so he has been there with Emily, so much so that he is thinking of jumping into the local real estate market. He’s been able to windsurf on a number of occasions and actually made it over to Mt. Baker and Whistler for snowboarding over the winter. They just expanded their family after adopting Moxie, a gray, hairy, Chiapetlooking Keeshond pup. Don and Alma Jacobson and their boys live the exciting family suburbia life these days centered around children’s activities, new episodes of “Modern Family,” and an affinity for Mr. McGibblets. Don has quite the work travel schedule right now but was able to take Alex and Teddy to the National Zoo while Alma recently completed a letterpress art class in DC. The class is anxiously awaiting their hand-crafted Christmas cards (no pressure)! A kitchen remodel seems to always be
two weeks away from starting but hopefully will finally be complete at summer’s end. Elizabeth Jeffers, in her zeal to sell Girl Scout cookies via Facebook, discovered Damian Bozzacco ’00 was going to be passing her way this spring. He was able to swing down for dinner. While catching up, they realized it had been 10 years since last seeing one another! And, yes, he bought some cookies! A few weeks later, Elizabeth and Pitter were in North Carolina for Easter and went to an egg hunt with Karyn (Van Veen) Cox ’02 and her son, Aaron. The egg hunt goals of a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old were dramatically different, but everyone was pleased with the results. She is grateful that their children will get to grow up knowing each other. Eleanor Susan Smith welcomed Nate and Carrie Smith to the first day of the rest of their lives as parents October 8, 2011. Within short order she lay siege to all assets, reduced the number of hours in a day, and to this day maintains control over the number of hours available for sleep. And with a new mouth to feed, he is hoping Jason will stock his fridge again by taking him up on a Pirates/Brewers bet.
Elizabeth Tuckel is doing well, and like a true Pacific Northwest indie music hipster, would like to note that her current favorite band is The Lonely Forest, and recommends buying their album “Arrows” because it’s awesome. Jason Updegraph traveled back to western PA for family events for four consecutive months ending last year and has been enjoying a slow period of work and personal travel the past few months. One exception was a ski trip for the first time to Utah to ski Alta, Snowbird, and Powder Mountain. His après ski concoctions of choice featured the Parisian liquor, St. Germain. Gabe, Becca, Bella and Xani Weymouth are currently suffering through the hotter and wetter season in Singapore (relative to the typical hot and wet weather). They take advantage of the pool as much as possible, so much so that Bella is now swimming like a pro. Xani is officially a toddler, and can be motivated to walk for rewards such as ice cream or pulling her sister’s hair. Becca is kicking <butt> and taking names at work, and was put in charge of a pharmaceutical project. Gabe is finally going to a conference location worth the transcontinental airfare, and is bringing the whole family to Rio in July.
2007 Cameron Baker is engaged to be married. William Gotta: “I’m an uncle. My brother John– Class of 2012X–and Meg welcomed John Joseph to the world Nov. 9, 2011.” Matt O’Leary has moved to his first shore assignment with NOAA in Seattle, WA. Ryan Sadlo and his wife Kristina are expecting their first daughter, Quinn, in July.
2008 Chris Becker’s first boat design (along with Dusty Rybovich), the Contender 25 Bay Boat, debuted at the Miami Boat Show. Its double-stepped-bottom (see the excellent Becker/ Loreto/Shell thesis for more information) helps the boat achieve 65 mph. And even though Chris has held onto this job longer than any other since graduation, affording one of these bay boats is still about as far-fetched as Wayne Lee staying awake in Prof. Stephan’s class.
Work continues with more new product development and hopefully a new boat to debut at next year’s boat show. Chris, AJ and Justin (aka the thesis dream team) recently launched their own t-shirt business, Effed Tees, LLC. While some important figures, like profit, continue to elude them, everyone should check out effedtees. com for a good laugh and maybe a t-shirt or two! Sarah and Vince Wickenheiser (’08 x 2) spend most of their time pretending to be grownups, but they took a break on their third wedding anniversary to see Van Halen. Jeff Reifsnyder’s biggest news is the diet he’s on (65 lbs. in five months) and his new musical efforts. His barbershop quartet, 30 North, performed the national anthem at the SNAME annual meeting. That quartet is getting high praises from musicians around the country (those that pay attention to amateur quartets, anyway). “In other news, I’m getting into a lot more hydrodynamics for my company and am considering a Master’s degree in the same.”
Dan Mannheim ’08, Leah Sosa ’08, and Matt Donatelli ’08.
Porter Bratten ’08 and his wife, Kami. Porter Bratten got married! “Totally awesome, and I couldn’t be happier. To a lovely girl by the name of Kami Knudson. Many thanks to my coach Vince Wickenheiser. We are planning a long trip to South America this fall. Want to come?” Alana Smentek-Duerr is spreading the “gospel” of offshore renewable energy in Canada, the U.S., and Brazil this summer, along with attempting to graduate. Adam Van Doren will be starting an M.B.A. fulltime at Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, Class of 2014. Matt Donatelli had his first Christmas-at-sea experience. It was quite a tranquil way to spend the day–sweating in a boiler suit somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Also, as ballast water treatment has become the regulation du jour for shipping, he is entirely committed to delivering the best solution for Stolt. In order to fully understand water treatment,
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class notes the newlyweds decided they had had enough and left for a couple weeks to themselves in New Zealand. Andrew Harville recently announced his engagement to his Texas sweetheart, Michelle Clark. They will be getting married Saturday, July 28. The TU Delft Webbies take on Amsterdam for Queensday. Christopher Rose ’11, Katie Whalen ’11, Leah Sosa ’08, Ryan Pfeifer ’11, John Nonemaker ’10, Peter Lee ’10. he has increased his personal daily consumption to roughly 12 liters per day. Results pending, but bathroom breaks are frequent! Lindsey Lindgren and her husband Marten are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Livia, on June 10. It has been a challenge settling into a new house and preparing for a new baby, so she is looking forward to her much needed time off. As a goal before the baby came, Lindsey was determined to become a Chartered Engineer (British equivalent of PE), which she accomplished on April 5 after writing a detailed career report and attending an interview. She can now use all of those funny letters after her name, BSc CEng MRINA.
March. She is looking forward to a Bear-Family reunion at the end of the summer when Papa Bear (Steve Minnich) comes to visit.
2009 Robert Carelli and Lindy Deal ‘11X were married Friday, March 16 in Annapolis. The weather turned out to be perfect and the ceremony was beautiful. Webbies from ’08 through ’12 were in attendance with some coming from as far away as South Korea and the Netherlands. The wedding celebration was a perfect cover for the Webbie Reunion that went on four days straight. After celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in true Webb fashion,
Luke Soletic: Naval architect turned dentist; beginning dental school fall 2012. Leah Sosa has nearly completed her first year at TU Delft–my how time flies! Between the courses and cram sessions she still maintained a busy travel schedule with a February weekend rendezvous in Dublin with Danny Manny and MattyD, and then to Toyko in
Phil Duerr is looking forward to being in the D.C. area again this summer at Carderock as part of his Ph.D. work. Whenever Phil can get away from meshing for a few hours, he likes to spend time outdoors in the glorious Florida weather with Alana. Andrei Mouravieff has also been enjoying some great weather. He’s currently in San Diego on a threemonth rotation. He’ll be back in Arlington in May. Rachel Sawyer lives in Alexandria and is still working at CSC. Austin French is working at Electric Boat in Groton. He visited Webb recently and survived the Apocalypse Party in the pub. Bret Smart is working for Stolt Terminals in Louisiana. He drives a silver pickup truck that’s so large it could pass for a hotel. In his free
time Bret shops at Mizer’s and practices golf with John Wise. He will be heading back to Rotterdam sometime in the next few months. Diana Look has started weightlifting and just completed the GoRuck Challenge in Annapolis. GoRuck is a team event based on Special Forces training and led by Green Berets. Has recently moved into a new apartment in Eastport. Robin (Wombi) Rose: “After Webb, I studied optimization at MIT and researched offshore support vessel logistics and design with the generous support of the American Bureau of Shipping. I currently serve as a management consultant, which involves a hefty bit of traveling from my current home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” I just finished a stint in Houston working on offshore safety and is helping the Board move toward Webb’s future. He’s also extremely excited to build a large boat to conquer the Charles River in Boston for July 4th. Sailors welcome. Jon Ward has a sweet new house in downtown Annapolis that he shares with Dan Wilson ’09X. Jon’s normally brief commute is hours long now that he has a project going on in Arlington. National Painkiller Week at Pusser’s was a big help here, as was a ride on the Boomerang Bus with Niko, Dan, and Jon D. Dan Wilson ’09X still does stuff for the government… we think. He and Jon Ward like to have fun flying their
remote control airplanes and smart tricopter near the Naval Academy Stadium. Rorie Zuzick is working at Carderock and recently moved into her new apartment in Eastport. John Wise is working hard to get the new RB-S into production at Metal Shark and uses his limited free time to tear up the golf course with Bret Smart. Literally. Laura Patterson is closing in on finishing her doctorate at VCU in Richmond. Josh McMinn is enjoying his໓ხ(ox blood soup) after playing with his Gwangju Uprising ultimate Frisbee team in Korea. Stefan Wolczko just bought an apartment near Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. He is the Chair of the SNAME Young Professionals Committee and will be attending the Future Young Maritime Leaders meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, during WMTC 2012 in June. “I love Webb! I live in Seattle, WA, and I work for Guido Perla & Associates, doing all kinds of commercial ship design. I am interested in commercial ships and renewable energy. I am also pretty keen on sailing, bluegrass, computers, and homebrewed/microbrewed beer. Feel free to contact me for any reason at all!” Lauren Moeller is...? Lauren, if you’re reading this, call or email Jon Dowsett. I was going to make up a story about you, but I’ll give you another chance before we go down that road.
Niko Martecchini is working at Viking Systems and recently survived the Apocalypse Party in the Webb Pub. Niko saw Tiesto perform in D.C. with Jon W., Jon D., and Dan. He is also the mayor of countless locations on FourSquare. Jon Dowsett finished his Master’s degree in September, and then went backpacking through Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru with a few friends for three months. He moved to Copenhagen at the end of April to start work at Maersk Maritime Technology. Come and visit!
Brocket Arms Pub, Ayot, St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England. Brocket Arms Pub: After an August sailing trip in Croatia, Jon Dowsett, Niko Martecchini, and Stefan Wolczko took some time in England to visit the original Brocket Arms Pub in Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire. The pub was eerily similar to Webb’s from the architecture down to ornamental details on the walls. The owner had never heard of Webb’s Brocket Arms Pub, but is intent on paying a visit the next time he’s in New York. Likewise, all Webbies are invited to Ayot St. Lawrence for a glass of Brocket Bitter.
2010 Ian McCauley is having way too much fun for his own good in Seattle, WA: hiking, skiing and sailing (practically year round). To support these hobbies he is working at the Glosten Associates.
2011 Michael Abbruscato has moved to the finest part of Virginia where he is basking in the culture and enjoying interactions with his neighbors. He has taken a job with Intergraph and is working with their naval architecture software suite, SmartMarine3D, in a quality assurance and consulting capacity. Elie Amar has mostly been working on his Master’s thesis. He recently submitted it and headed to the South of France for a little vacation. Esteban Castro is finishing up his second semester at the University of Michigan. He is looking forward to the summer, when he will enjoy a cruise with his family, start working on his research, and continue his ballroom dancing adventures. It’s hard for Hampton Dixon to believe that it’s already been a year since graduation. He continues to spend his time on airplanes between Dubai and Houston, racking up over 100,000 miles since starting work July 2011. He’s glad that his travels have allowed him to visit many Webbies around the world. P.S. 7:31.
Jenna Ferrieri is thawing out from a long winter in Newfoundland and is working hard to finish her Master’s thesis experiments. In July 2013, she will leave Canada for England where she will be a crew member on the 13-14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Ben Fisher has been keeping busy at Safe Boats out in Bremerton, WA. Maria and Ben have been enjoying the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, as well as Seattle. And Maria has been keeping busy by getting involved with a local organization working with homeless teens. David Gross: “I spent winter internships at Trinity Yachts and Morrelli & Melvin and summer internships at Bath Iron Works and Schickler Tagliapietra Yacht Engineering. I went on to attend University of Southampton for my MSc in Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics and finished in September 2011. I am interested in continuing to work in the high-performance sailing yacht industry. My interests are in high performance sailing craft, planning theory as applied to sailboats, appendage design, multihulls, CFD and FEA. My thesis was on yacht fluid structure interaction.” As Casey Harwood’s time as a Webb Alumnus closes in on a year, he may be found continuing to pursue his academic interests. Since he arrived at the NA/ME department of the
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class notes University of Michigan, the skills learned at Webb have helped him juggle classes, research, and preparation for a battery of examinations that determine his status as a Ph.D. candidate. Richard Kim has been working in Houston, TX, as an associate naval architect for GVA North America. He has finished up supporting a R&D project, and he is looking forward to his upcoming role as a lead in stability analysis for a FPSO design project. He is actively searching for friends and activities to do in Houston in the hopes to make living in Houston a little more exciting. Justin Klag started work with Gibbs & Cox in Arlington, VA, in July 2011. Michael Klein enjoyed a very active 2012 winter. The highlight of the season, of course, was attending the 1st International Marine Forensics Symposium. Great presentation, Ben Fisher!
Andy Lachtman has been enjoying many great opportunities working for Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates since graduation. He is currently on assignment in wonderful Hamburg, Germany! Amanda Malarkey: “I am currently working at ABS in Corporate Technology as an Engineer. I started in the structures/hydro department, but I am now part of the IACS CSR Harmonization department.” Will Markuske: “Currently employed with Oceanic Consulting Corp. as a test engineer conducting scale hydrodynamic model tests. I am also pursuing an M.Eng at Memorial University studying the effect of reflected waves on the impact velocity of bergy bits with offshore structures.” Ian McMahon has been working for ABS for the past nine months. He has started racing mountain bikes and qualified for Nationals in his category.
Brent Morrison loves working for Glosten. Outside of the office, Brent has been spending his time with family, friends, and plants. Lidia Mouravieff has packed up and moved from New Jersey to northern Virginia to take a job at BMT Designers and Planners. In her new position, she is tasked with Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering work for the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter. She is enjoying this new phase of her life and is excited to continue settling in!! For the spring semester Ryan Pfeifer joined the Delft Webb contingent (seven now) on an exchange semester at TU Delft in The Netherlands where the people are taller and eat more cheese than him. Lekker. After spending the summer in Holland working for Stolt Tankers, he’ll return to Norway in the Fall for the final year of his MSc in maritime logistics.
Tophi Rose has been working on a Master’s degree at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Recent activities include junk collecting, bike building, “attending” lectures, traveling, and being surrounded by Webb love. Ruth Taylor has been finishing up her Master year at the University of Southampton. It has been a lot of hard work and the skill she learned at Webb of staying up late has been put to good use. She recently finished her group design project of an energy efficient ferry for the Isle of Wight. Ruth will be graduating in July, so she is nearly free! Simmy Willemann: “Living in Cambridge, MA. Researching tanker shipping with Professor Hank Marcus at MIT while pursuing a Master’s degree in Transportation. Still playing the violin and exploring. simmywillemann.com”
heritage society Rick Thorpe ’55 Rick Thorpe has been a member of the Heritage Society since 2000, when he established a Charitable Remainder Unit Trust benefiting Webb. He is highlighted here because of his long history of service to and support of Webb Institute. The 2000 William Selkirk Owen Award recipient, Rick is the donor of the athletic field, named in honor of his father, Richard Warren Thorpe; and student dorm furniture in memory of his mother, Margaret Matthews Thorpe. His career includes three shipyards: Bethlehem Steel’s Quincy Yard, and in Maine, South Portland Engineering Co. and Bath Iron Works. Later in his career he was employed by John J. McMullen Associates, the Shipbuilder’s Council of America, Kvaerner Masa Marine, and Herbert Engineering Corp. He is a graduate of the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology in nuclear engineering and has a MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of Webb’s Industry Advisory Group (IAG), an advisory committee to the dean that provides feedback from
the industry on the adequacy of the academic program at Webb in preparing graduates to become and to remain contributing members of their professional communities. Rick recommends that Webb graduates consider Charitable Remainder Unit Trusts as a planned giving vehicle. They document the donation to the school and can be customized to provide annual income and tax benefits to the donor. The story of how he selected Webb is interesting. The “America’s Toughest School” 1949 Saturday Evening Post article alerted him to Webb’s outstanding academic program. Decision time arrived after his acceptance with scholarships to Webb, Harvard, and MIT. His father, the Business Manager of Radcliffe College, who frequently lunched with his friends at the Harvard Business School faculty club, said “he had to get away from the woman at Radcliffe.” During the 1950s, on the average about 10% of Webb graduates attended HBS. When he surveyed the faculty about their recommendation among these three schools, Webb was their unanimous choice!
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