October 2015


"I don't think it's the case that right now current autonomous tech can be a substitute for people. But there will be in a few years." 
SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, On the internet around the world.

In our own maritime industry, interest is gathering pace into development and design of unmanned marine vehicles. However, challenges still lie ahead in control systems, AI and sensor technology, and communication networks as well as operational and social consequences. 

Will we see unmanned fleet of cargo ships and autonomous ferries in the near future? Will oil and gas platforms drill and operate without crew? How will the autonomy technology transform the maritime industry?

This webinar will:
  • Explore the 'what', the 'how', and 'why' of unmanned marine vessels. 
  • Discuss current autonomous technologies that are being applied to real-life maritime operations. 
  • Highlight major areas of technological, operational, and social challenges of autonomous marine vehicles.
  • Describe the critical role of automation in the transition to the future of maritime industry. 
  • Participants will be able to dialogue and ask questions in real-time.
Where? On the internet around the word!

When? Sunday, 25 October 10:00-11:30 AM EST

Who?  The Webinar will be open to all students affiliated with: SNAME, DSNAME, ASNE, JIME, IMarEST, IME, TEKNA, SNAK, STG, SUT, NTOS, SNAMES, SOBENA, SSNAOE, JASNOE, and Nautical Institute.

SNAME will host the 5th World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC) on November 3-7 at the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. 
Please see the WMTC website at: www.sname.org/2015WMTC
Once again, Student members will only pay $100, which includes:
  • 3 days of the Technical Program
  • Welcome Reception
  • Expo Hall Box Lunches on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoon
  • Expo Hall and Coffee Breaks on Wednesday thru Friday
  • Annual Banquet, tickets courtesy of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC; and 
  • New for 2015 - President's Luncheon, courtesy of Ship Architects, Inc.
  • Student non-members pay $135, which also includes a year membership with SNAME
For more information, please contact Alana Anderson at aanderson@sname.org or directly at +1 703-997-6705.
Student Program Schedule
Student Design Competition, 
sponsored by Netsco
Wednesday, November 5
Expo Hall D, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Students attending the WMTC this year have the opportunity to participate in the always riveting student design competition! During the event, students will be able to truly test their knowledge of naval architecture and their creativity by designing and constructing a model boat with a limited set of materials in a limited amount of time. 

The Student Design Competition, sponsored by Netsco always serves as a great kickoff for the student program where students get to work in teams and compete with their peers from universities around the world. Each design will be put to the test and must survive a series of challenges in order to declare their team the ultimate winner.  The top finishers will earn a stein and a cash prize provided by our sponsor, Netsco, as well as bragging rights for this year's conference.    

This year's student design competition will be held on Wednesday, November 4 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm in Expo Hall D. We look forward to seeing you there!
Student Job Fair
Thursday, November 5
Ballroom B&C, 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Student Job Fair at WMTC could be the launching point to your career! In no other place will you find over 15 prominent maritime companies, all in one place, who are searching for internship or full-time positions to be filled. Your will be able to talk with company representatives in person, as well as potentially schedule a more formal interview. Each year, the internships and jobs attained from this event prove to be beneficial to both the employer and the employee. Check out the employers on Thursday, November 5 from 9:00am - 12:30pm in Ballroom B&C.
Bristol Harbor Group
Creative Systems (GHS)
Elliott Bay Design Group
General Dynamics NASSCO
Gibbs & Cox
Metal Shark Aluminum Boats
NAVSEA Carderock
Seaspan Shipyards
Ship Architects, Inc.
Robert Allan, Ltd.
The Glosten Associates
Viega, LLC
WK Doors

For more information on the Student Job Far, Click Here! 
Student and Industry Round Table, 
sponsored by Seaspan Shipyards
Thursday, November 5
Ballroom B&C, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
The Student & Industry Round Table Discussions, sponsored by Seaspan Shipyards aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders in an interactive manner.  Our goal is to bring in more industry professionals in order to provide the students more insight on starting their career in the Naval Architecture industry. 

The Student & Industry Round Table Discussions will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm in Ballroom B&C. The session will include:
  • Approximately 25 tables, each with an assigned discussion topic
  • Students can choose a discussion table based on their interests 
  • Industry volunteer at each table to lead discussion (1 leader + approx. 9 students)
  • After 20 minutes, time will be called and students may select a new topic
  • Total of 4 discussion sessions at each table:
    • 12:40pm - 1:00pm
    • 1:05pm - 1:25pm
    • 1:30pm - 1:50pm
    • 1:55pm - 2:15pm
From approximately 2:30 - 3:30, we will have a less formal session where students and professionals are free to walk around and discuss whatever topic they wish. 
As the theme of 2015 WMTC is "Engineering Innovation Serving Society", the discussion topic list has been broken into 2 primary categories: "soft skills" such as interviewing, career mobility, and continuing education; and "technical sessions", such as LNG as alternative fuel or CFD to analyze hydrofoils, which will focus on how students can get into a specific market sector and become an innovative force for the future of the maritime industry. The first 2 discussion sessions will focus on a "soft skill", and the following 2 sessions will be "technical skills." 

Success of this event depends on students like you to participate. We hope you will join us for the Student & Industry Round Table Discussions, and learn from the professionals who have set themselves apart during their peers in their respective fields!

Student Congress & Elections
Friday, November 6
Ballroom B&C, 9:00am - 12:30pm
The end of year 2015 approaches and this can only mean one thing; the current Student Steering Committee (SSC) officers are on their way out. 

Traditionally the SSC holds a congress to make lasting changes to the student by-laws and elect new officers each year at the SNAME's annual meetings. If you would be like to run for an officer position at the WMTC for next year's SSC, I ask you to read on - the details of each SSC Officer position are provided after this letter.

And if you would like to know more about any of the positions, please reach out to the following Officers for more details - we would be happy to elaborate on our experiences leading the Student Members and working with renowned professionals in our industry! (I have shared some of my own stories in the details of the Officer positions.)

Chair - Andrew Ko, ako16@webb.edu
Vice Chair - Renee Wiwel, rkwi@umich.edu
Secretary / Treasurer - Eric Helder, ehelder@umich.edu
Communications Chair - Wesley Boone, wtboone@vt.edu
Electronics Media Chair - George Rossopoulos, george@rossopoulos.eu
SSS Resource Management Chair - Barr Turner, bturner17@webb.edu

This year's Student Congress & Elections will be held on morning of Friday, November 6 in Ballroom B&C. As this is an opportunity for the Student Members to influence how the Student Steering Committee (SSC) and the Student Member programs are run, we sincerely hope that you participate and make an impact on SNAME's reputed Student Program and the future of maritime industry!

For more information about the Student Congress and Elections, Click Here!
Student Microsite Competition,
sponsored by Gibbs & Cox
The Microsite Competition, sponsored by Gibbs & Cox aims to help all student sections to create and maintain a strong internet presence which is a key factor for our worldwide organization. We want to help students develop your microsites and have continuous media presence but also provide to the winning sections with one extra reason for achieving excellence. The competition will focus on the following 5 main points:
  • Essential SNAME info [15%]
  • Visual Identity [20%]
  • Content creation [25%]
  • Social media [25%]
  • Community building [15%]
For any further information please contact the Electronic Media Chair of SSCGeorge Rossopoulos.
Student Papers, 
sponsored by Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc.
Students from all over the world will be presenting their research on a wide variety of maritime topics. This year's student authors represent 10 universities in 5 countries. Topics range from offshore wind energy to underwater sound filtering, among many others. Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear about unique student research and ideas from the global maritime community! The WMTC Student Papers Track is sponsored by Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc. 

For more information on the Student papers, Click Here!
Saturday Student Social
Saturday, November 7
Providence, 9:00am - 5:00pm
"Providence: water, water everywhere"
"Before there was a Providence, there was a quiet wooded land with ribbons of rivers curling through."
This year the Saturday Social will include a Continental Breakfast at the Omni Hotel, a guided walking tour of Providence, and a lunch and fun games at Dave & Buster's. The guided walking tour will prove to be an enlightening experience filled with interesting trivia facts and influential ideas that shaped Providence. And after a week of networking in business suits, the students are offered an opportunity to kick back and mingle with others at Dave & Buster's afterward. Tickets are just $20.

9:00am: Breakfast at the Omni Providence
10:00am: Walking Tour of Providence
12:00pm - 5:00pm: Dave & Buster's (Providence Place)

For More Information on the Student Steering Committee  
WMTC'15: Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities to volunteer and assist with making this event a great success. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Pre-registration - Help put together the bags for attendees
  • Registration - Assist with checking in pre-registered attendees and walk-ins attendees. Distribute tote bags, lanyards, ribbons, and other giveaway items.
  • Assistant Moderators for the Technical Program
  • Collect tickets at the Welcome Reception, Expo Hall Box Lunches, Topical Breakfasts, Topical Lunches, Annual Banquet, and Awards Luncheon
  • Assist at the SNAME Booth
  • Technical Program Desk: Assist Authors, Presenters, Moderators, and answer technical program questions
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Carole Herzog at cherzog@sname.org for a schedule, list of jobs, and responsibilities.    
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Employment Opportunities
Look for Opportunities Through the Career Center
The SNAME Career Center was constructed to help connect members with new employment opportunities.  Students looking for full-time, part-time, or internship opportunities can use this center to assist in their job search.
  • Post an Anonymous Resume - Post your resume online today! Whether you are actively or passively seeking work, your online resume is your ticket to great job offers!
  • View Jobs - Access the newest and freshest jobs available to professionals seeking employment.
  • Personal Job Alert - Create Job Alerts and never let a matching job opportunity pass you by! New jobs that match your search criteria will be emailed directly to you.
  • Create and Manage a Jobseeker Account - Your personal jobseeker account will allow you to find jobs, manage your resume and set up job alerts.  
For more information on the Career Center, Click Here!
Use LinkedIn to Connect with SNAME
Don't Play Hard to Get with Maritime Industry Professionals

"Since returning from the SNAME Council Retreat this past weekend, I have been seeking to connect with my new friends on LinkedIn, my primary tool for keeping in touch with colleagues.  To my dismay, and surprise, I find many, if not most, of the students are not on LinkedIn."

Lars Ronning, 
Principal Engineer at Statoil
SNAME Functional Vice President, Knowledge Management


As student members of SNAME, you have the opportunity to connect with the leaders of the maritime industry. SNAMEmembership can be your foot in the door to a conversation that will have a major impact on your career and life. In order to best take advantage of this opportunity, make sure that you have a presence across the various communication tools that are used by others in the industry.

Here are a few things that you can do to create more exposure for yourself:

Developing relationships is a key to taking that eventual step from student to professional. Take advantage of your status as a member of SNAME to create and develop these relationships. We are confident that you will be rewarded for your efforts. 

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