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Banquet & Awards

Annual Banquet

Thursday, November 17
Pre-Banquet Reception
6:00pm to 7:15pm Imperial West, 3rd Floor

7:15pm to 9:30pm – Imperial East and Center, 3rd Floor

Post-Banquet Reception
9:30pm – Imperial West, 3rd Floor

Separate Ticket:
- $125 (Students
Table of 10: Please contact Alana Anderson at or (201) 499-5066
- $1,025

All attendees must purchase a ticket for the Annual Banquet at online registration, which includes the Pre-Reception. All students attend the Banquet for free, courtesy of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC and it is part of the Student package.

The SNAME Annual Banquet, held this year on Thursday, November 17, is always a highlight of the Annual Meeting. 
Preceded by a hearty and well-attended reception, the banquet is the cornerstone of Annual Meeting activities. Good
food, fine wine, and the fellowship of SNAME members from around the world combine to make the banquet a cant-miss
event. Beyond the meal, the Banquet is where SNAME presents its highest award and honors, including SNAME medals
such as the David W. Taylor Medal, the Vice Admiral "Jerry" Land Medal, Blakely Smith Medal and the Webb Medal. The Banquet will
conclude with the remarks by the distinguished Banquet Keynote Speaker.

Attendees are also invited to the Pre-Banquet and Post-Banquet Receptions held in the Imperial West and Foyer, where
guests can mingle pre and post Banquet. There is no charge to attend.


We would like to welcome our 2011 Annual Banquet Speaker, Mr. Stephen M. Carmel, Senior Vice President Maritime
Services at Maersk Line, Limited (MLL).

Stephen M. Carmel
Sr. Vice President Maritime Services

Steve Carmel is responsible for all technical and operating activities at MLL. He previously held
positions in operations and finance for U.S. Marine Management, Inc. and MLL.

Steve began his career sailing as a deck officer and Master primarily on tankers for Maritime
Overseas Corp. and the Military Sealift Command.

In 1979 Steve graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds a M.A. in Economics
and a M.B.A. from Old Dominion University. Steve is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with an emphasis in
International Political Economy. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is
Certified in Financial Management (CFM). Steve is also on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive
Panel (N00k).

Steve is a member of the following:
  • North American Committee for Det Norske Veritas 
  • National Defense Industrial Association Executive Committee 
  • Science and Education Advisory Committee 
  • Special Committee for Vessel Operations 
  • American Bureau of Shipping 
  • Board of Directors of the Virginia Maritime Association 
  • Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Board 
  • Advisory Council of the International Maritime, Ports and Logistics Management Institute at Old 
  • Dominion University 
He is also a member of various industry and academic associations including:
  • Transportation Research Board 
  • World Affairs Council of Hampton Roads 
  • Navy League 
  • Naval Institute 
  • National Defense Transportation Association 
  • Economic Club of Hampton Roads 
  • Institute of Certified Management Accountants 
  • American Economic Association 
Corporate Overview  
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is an American company, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., that provides U.S. flag
transportation, ship management and maritime technical services to government and commercial customers. As a
business within the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, MLL uniquely combines unparalleled experience, maritime expertise and
global intermodal capability. In 1983, MLL won its first government contract to convert and operate five military
prepositioning ships. Since then, MLL has managed and operated more than 90 vessels of varying types and sizes. With
the largest U.S. flag fleet in commercial service, MLL's employ approximately 900 U.S. mariners daily and work with all the
major U.S. maritime unions.


Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Naval Architecture,
Marine Engineering or Ocean Engineering

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) will recognize four  individuals for their outstanding contributions to naval architecture, marine engineering  or ocean engineering. The annual achievement medals will be presented at the SNAME Annual Banquet, on Thursday, November 17, 2011, held in conjunction with the SNAME 2011 Annual Meeting and Expo in Houston, Texas.

The Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal for outstanding accomplishment in the marine field will be presented to Stephen M. Payne, former Vice President and Chief Naval Architect, Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding. Mr. Payne began his involvement with Carnival Corporation in January 1985 and quickly rose through the ranks. In 1995-1997, he was Project Manager for the design and construction of Holland America Line’s new flagship Rotterdam (VI) and subsequently held more challenging positions. Most notable  of Mr. Payne’s numerous engineering achievements is the design and project management of the construction of the Queen Mary 2. In 2004, he was named Vice President and Chief Naval Architect of Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, a position he held until leaving earlier this year. Subsequent to that Mr. Payne formed the consultancy, PFJ-Maritime Consulting Ltd where he and other industry experts consult to the marine industry.

The David W. Taylor Medal for notable achievement in naval architecture and/or marine engineering will be presented to Armin W. Troesch, Professor and recent Department Chairman, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan. Dr. Troesch's career has been characterized by sustained excellence in research, service to the marine constituencies, and education. He is one of the few people in the world who has combined highest quality experimental work with first level theoretical and numerical work, and also contributed to applied research and the design of advanced vessels and platforms. His contributions have impacted the commercial world, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and the offshore industry.

The William H. Webb Medal for outstanding contributions to education in naval architecture, marine or ocean engineering will be presented to Jacques B. Hadler, former Director of Research and Dean of the Faculty, Webb Institute. As Director of Research at Webb Institute of Naval Architecture Professor Hadler taught marine propeller design, ship resistance and propulsion, ship design, and propeller-induced vibrations to 31 classes of Webb students. All have benefited greatly, not only because of his logical teaching style and superb one-on-one mentorship, but also because of the wealth of real-world experience he can bring to classroom discussions. Professor Hadler also served on two separate occasions as Dean of the Faculty for a combined service time in excess of ten years. His major accomplishment during the first of two terms as dean was a significant updating of the Webb undergraduate curriculum. He occupies, since its introduction, the first named faculty chair at Webb Institute, the J. J. Henry Professor of Naval Architecture.

The Blakely Smith Medal will be presented to Charles N. Springett, former Vice President and Chief Engineer, Santa Fe International Corp. Mr. Springett is an industry veteran who retired from Santa Fe International Corp in 2002. Mr. Springett dedicated his entire career to Santa Fe, joining in 1968 after obtaining his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rugby College of Engineering Technology in the UK. He worked on platform and jackup drilling rigs in the North Sea and on Choctaw, the world’s first semisubmersible derrick/pipelay barge, in Australia before moving to the company’s head office in California in 1971. There, he worked in engineering until his retirement as VP and Chief Engineer for the corporation.



The 2011 William M. Kennedy Award for outstanding service and contribution in the development of systems and planning applying to shipbuilding and repair will be presented William D. Whiddon, Vice President, Research and Development, Ingalls Shipbuilding.The 2011 Elmer L. Hann Award for the best paper presented at the Ship Production Symposium, November 3-5, 2010, will be presented to Kathleen K. Paulson, Jun Wang, Nathan Topham, Chang-Yu Wu, Boian T. Alexandrov, John C. Lippold and Omar Ed-Said.