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Mark Groden
is currently a senior at the University of Michigan graduating in May 2012 and will be continuing at Michigan as a Ph.D. Pre-Candidate. He currently conducts research on life-cycle structural performance prediction informed by wireless hull monitoring. He has had engineering internships at Quaker Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company, NAVSEA Carderock, and will be interning as a hull and systems engineer at Chevron’s Houston location after graduation this summer. Mark is excited to be serving on the SSC for a second year. As Chair of the SSC, Mark is eager to use the knowledge he has gained from his experiences to benefit the SNAME student body.



Nicole Waters: is currently a senior at Florida Institute of Technology graduating in May 2012 with a degree in Ocean Engineering. After graduation Nicole will continue her career at General Dynamics Electric Boat as an Engineer in the Naval Architecture department. During her senior year, she completed the GECCO Floating Ocean Energy System as her final capstone project. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, surfing, and cooking. Nicole is excited to be serving on the SSC for the first time and designing the student design competition at the Annual Meeting, as she has been FIT's chair for the past year. 



Samantha Lee: Samantha is currently a senior at Virginia Tech pursuing a degree in ocean engineering with minors in mathematics and naval engineering. She is from Vienna, Virginia and enjoys reading, swimming, and cooking/baking. She is the Virginia Tech Student Section Chairman and was the 2011 SSC Communications Chair. Her academic interests include ship structures, vibration controls, and resistance and propulsion of ships. She plans to enter the workforce after graduation in May 2012.



Julianne Cona: Julianne Is currently a senior at SUNY Maritime College working toward a degree in Naval Architecture as well as going through the Coast Guard Engineering Licensing program. She will be shipping out this summer on her 90-day first class cruise on the Training Ship Empire State.  She plans on sitting for her Coast Guard License in January 2013 and Graduating in May of 2013. After Graduation she would like to seek a career in the field of Naval Architecture while still utilizing her License.




Devin Witt: Devin Witt is currently a senior Naval Architect and Marine Engineer at the University of Michigan. During his time at the University of Michigan he has conducted research on tsunami effects on coral reefs in American Samoa and energy storage modules to support high energy weapons aboard future naval surface combatants. Currently he conducts research on ship propulsion systems and propeller design. Over his academic career, Devin has interned at the US Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska, NAVSEA’s Supervisors or Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair – Bath, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News. After graduation, he will be returning to the University of Michigan for a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering focusing on propulsion systems.


TOM DEVINE, T&R Student Representative




Dr. Leigh McCue: Leigh McCue is an Associate Professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, an affiliate to the VT Department of Engineering Education, and a core faculty member of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (I like robots.). Her research interests are in nonlinear and chaotic vessel dynamics including capsize, parametric rolling, and sea-based aviation operations largely involving analytical and numerical approaches including computational fluid dynamics. This work has been supported by ONR, NSF, CSC, and QinetiQ. Additionally, Dr. McCue has twice participated in the ASEE-ONR Summer Faculty Research Program to continue her work in collaboration with researchers at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center and is currently on sabbatical for the 2011-2012 academic year with the Combatant Craft Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock.

Dr. McCue received her BSE degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2000 from Princeton University. She earned her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Aerospace Engineering (MSE 2001) and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (MSE 2002, PhD 2004). At the 2007 Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's Awards she received an 'Outstanding New Assistant Professor' award; at the 2010 Dean's Awards she was named a 'Faculty Fellow'. In 2008 Dr. McCue received both an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant and an ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) grant. McCue is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).