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The Blakely Smith Medal


Outstanding Accomplishment in Ocean Engineering

D'Souza          Richard D'Souza  |  Richard B Offshore LLC

Richard D'Souza received his Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology and Masters’ degrees from Michigan and Tulane universities. His entire 41 year career was devoted to the Offshore Industry. He pioneered the designs of Floating Drilling and Production Platforms as their capabilities progressed from operating in 300m to 3000m of water. He was a founding member of Omega Marine Engineering that grew into one of the most successful Offshore Engineering Companies in the industry. He also built KBR’s consultancy, including Granherne, GVA and Energo, into a deepwater industry leader. Active in SNAME since 1973 he was elected Fellow in 2015. 

He is the recipient of the Elmer Sperry, ABS/Linnard and SNAME Texas Section Lifetime Achievement awards. He has been a tireless advocate for the rightful role of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers in the Offshore Industry. His greatest achievements, besides his 40 year marriage to Rena and children Neisha and Rohan, are his 80 technical publications advancing deepwater technology and the three generations of Offshore Engineers he has mentored. He has been privileged to work with many offshore industry pioneers including most of the previous Blakely Smith medal recipients. 


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About The Blakely Smith

The Blakely Smith Medal is for "Outstanding Accomplishment in Ocean Engineering." 

It was established by the Executive Committee in 1979 in honor of Blakely Smith.

Blakely Smith, a successful leader and leading advocate of SNAME in Texas, is best known as one of the guiding spirits and the founders of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). His maritime background and drilling experience did not only take him offshore, but also turned him into Houston’s best-known maritime consultant. Blakely Smith participated in experimental operations offshore and served as Chairman of the OTC Executive Committee.

The award title is "The Blakely Smith Medal." The medal will be made of gold-plated bronze, approximately 2 1/2 inches (6.25 cm) in diameter, the obverse side showing a likeness of Blakely Smith and the reverse side carrying an inscription of the award centered between a pair of dolphins. Eligibility for the medal need not be limited to membership in SNAME. The proposal for award may be made by a member of SNAME in good standing.

The selection of the nominee for the medal shall be made by the Awards Committee of SNAME. The nomination by the Committee and the final award by the Council will require a two-thirds vote of the Committee. Notification of the award will be made prior to the SNAME Maritime Convention (formerly the Annual Meeting) and the medal will be presented with suitable ceremonies at the SNAME Maritime Convention or at such time as the SNAME President may arrange. The medal may be awarded biennially in odd years but not more often.