Half of the team at the 2013 AM in Bellevue, WA.

Jonathan Holbert, CHAIRMAN 


Jonathan Holbert  is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Aside from being the past Michigan SNAME Student Section Chair, on campus he is involved as a mentor for both the LEAD Scholars and the Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Academy programs as well as work at the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant.  Next year he will pursue a masters degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and plans to graduate in May of 2015.  Upon graduation he will work for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

"I am greatly honored to serve as SSC Chair for the next year and look forward to all that we can accomplish."


Kirsten Lehman, VICE CHAIRWOMAN    

Kirsten Lehman is graduating from Florida Atlantic University in May 2014. When she started at the University she had never heard of Ocean Engineering. She actually started studying Marine Biology and it wasn't until she met with the adviser that she switched her major and never looked back. 

"The constant innovation in the field keeps me interested and I cannot wait to start a career and use my knowledge."



Danielle Kolber balances more than just books at Florida Atlantic University's Ocean and Mechanical Engineering Program.  In addition to Engineering, she is also striving to attain a Mathematics Minor.  She has always thrived on volunteering, hands on experience, and lateral thinking to resolve challenges; so, when FAU decided to re-establish the Human Powered Submarine Team in 2009, Danielle was requested to be on board. She was one of 8 key members that designed and fabricated Talon 1 in six months and competed in the International Submarine Races in which they won Absolute Speed and 2nd place overall. This past year at ISR, Danielle took responsibility as Team Captain and had 2 submarines present: one mechanical and one electrical.  Currently, she serves as the Team Leader of the organization and along with the work of having two submarines maintained, the HPS team is designing a 3rd vessel.

Danielle was a member of the A.O.E. sorority where she served as the Social Chair. She utilized this position to organize social events that not only provided engineering students networking opportunities but also integrated events that would promote team work and trust. Members benefited from newly attained skills and implemented them in future projects i.e. senior design.
Within the past year, Danielle has joined SNAME and became Treasurer of FAU’s student section.  During her tenure, she had coordinated a trip to Texas for the Offshore Technology Conference and the 2013 Annual Meeting.  In November, Danielle was voted in to be a part of the Student Steering Committee and is excited to serve as Secretary and Treasurer!


Ιlias Soultanias is a graduate student at the National Technical University of Athens. Coming to the end of his studies, he is working on his diploma thesis on containership holistic design optimization. During his studies he had some remarkable internships at a major greek shipping company in Athens, Greece and at ABS Istanbul office in Turkey and he also attended the master program of NAME at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany as exchange student. Over the last year he got involved in the Greek student section, where he holds the Secretary / Treasurer position, while working to expand the activities of the local section.

"This year, we shall bring together SNAME students from every part of the world and connect all our sections! Stay connected with SSC!"


Jonathan Steirer is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and currently a junior studying Marine Systems Engineering at Maine Maritime Academy. He has been an active SNAME member for three years, and served as both his student section’s Secretary and the SSC Electronic Media Chair. He was involved with SNAME MMA’s submission to the 2013 Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s design competition and continues to be involved with developing a submission this year. He has completed two months onboard the Academy’s training ship State of Maine as well as an internship with Quantum Marine Engineering of Fort Lauderdale, and will be spending his upcoming summer working with Elliott Bay Design Group in Seattle.

"I am very eager to serve as the 2014-15 Communications Chair and look forward to my continued time on the Student Steering Committee."

Katharine Plummer, RESOURCES (SSS) CHAIR

Katharine Plummer is a senior studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (Ocean Engineering) at Virginia Tech. Having grown up a Navy brat, she has been in love with water since before she could ever remember. She currently calls San Diego, CA home and will be returning there to work at NASSCO following her graduation in May 2014. Katharine has been a SNAME member for 3 years and was elected to Vice Chair of the SNAME Student section at Virginia Tech in Fall 2013. Working with the rest of the VT SNAME leadership, she has had an amazing experience growing and bettering their chapter. She has recently been appointed to the position of SSC Resource Management Chair and is beyond excited to work with the other members of the SSC and SNAME Student Sections!