Recap of Recent Events


The Apprentice School Student Section of SNAME has had multiple outings this year, here's a recap of the last few notable events;

Apprentices Chris Boone and Tim Mills and recent PDP graduate Jarrod Griffith presented an overview of The Apprentice School’s SNAME Boat Design Competition to the Hampton Roads SNAME section at their monthly meeting on Monday, May 23rd.  These three updated the parent section on the current status of the competition and the shipbuilding-related STEM outreach this competition provides the community.  All in attendance stated what a wonderful job they did with their presentation!  Dat Luong, Al Melton, and Jennifer Ryan attended the meeting.

On Saturday, June 4th, the student section of SNAME participated in Clean the Bay Day.  Josh Dean, Brad Joslin, Dat Luong, Bill Milstead, Jennifer Ryan, and Abby Ryan met at the Denbigh Boat Ramp and Park for the Newport News Clean the Bay effort.  The group went out in canoes to collect trash and debris in the marsh grass along the Warwick River.  The group collected over 100 pound of trash!

On August 19-20, The Apprentice School Student Section of SNAME visited Baltimore, Maryland.  Trevor Brady, Josh Dean, Jarrod Griffith, Brad Joslin, Allan Wiskowski, and Jennifer Ryan visited the aquarium and tour the USS Constellation, USCGC Taney, USS Torsk, and the Lightship Chesapeake.  On the Constellation, the group attended a history tour of the vessel that discussed the differences between the Frigate Constellation of 1797 and the Sloop-of-War Constellation of 1854 – which was a source on confusion during the restoration – and discussed what life was like on the sloop during the Civil War.  It was also interesting to tour the old WWII diesel submarine, the Torsk, a Tench Class submarine that was decommissioned in 1968 and mentally compare it with the Virginia Class submarines that we are building today.

On Wednesday September 14th, Joel Snyder presented a paper on “Early CAD/CAM at NNS” to the student sections of SNAME and SME, and the Engineering and Robotics Club.  Mr. Snyder studied naval architecture at Virginia Tech and Webb Institute.  Before his retirement, he at Newport News Shipbuilding for over 40 years and faired the hulls for the nuclear-powered cruisers, the LNG carriers, and the ULCCs.  We had 23 apprentices at this joint meeting.  What a success!