Technology begets Civilization
or Why Naval Architects & Engineers are Important
President and Principal Advisor at Noble Associates LLC
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Westchase Marriott Hotel
2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042
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Today, based on media reports and “green” organizations, it is becoming increasing difficult for engineers to articulate the critical importance of our work. We often seem to be on the defensive, with engineering seen as “grubby” while science seems to be championed as “pure”.
But the reality is that in the developed world we live generally, safe comfortable and rewarding lives due to the availability of technology. And even in the pre-scientific age technology played an important role in advancing civilization.
The one of the main objectives of the talk is to explain that Engineering and Technology are not children of Science, but more often the progenitors of it. As succinctly stated by Theodore Von Karman,
“Scientists seek to understand what is, engineers seek to create what has not yet been.”
We all know that we live on the “water planet”, with more ocean than dry land and combining that fact with the need for technology to maintain and advance our civilized society makes it critical that we have well educated, trained and experienced naval architects and ocean engineers.
The second part of the talk will deal with how we might improve our education and capture of knowledge approaches to attract new entrants into the profession and maintain continuous learning.
Peter Noble is a naval architect and offshore engineer with a wide range of expertise and experience in the marine and offshore industries. His career has included positions with ship and offshore design consultants, with offshore and marine research and development companies, with major classification societies and most recently as Chief Naval Architect for a major international oil company, He currently operates a small consultancy, Noble Associates Inc., which offers clients technology advisory services in offshore arctic and marine sectors.
Throughout his career, Peter has been active in professional marine and offshore engineering community. He has recently completed a 2 year term as President of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He is currently a Vice President of the IMarEST, as well as remaining active in some SNAME Committees.