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The Blakely Smith Medal


Outstanding Accomplishment in Ocean Engineering

Alexia Aubault     Alexia Aubault  |  Ocergy, Inc.


Alexia Aubault has 18 years of experience in the Offshore Wind sector, specializing in the emerging field of floating wind technology. As a Naval Architect and Offshore Engineer with an M.S. from U.C. Berkeley, she embarked on her journey in offshore renewable energy before it became a thriving industry in the United States. Throughout her career, she actively engaged in a spectrum of projects, spanning from design and execution to operational phases.


During her tenure as the Vice President of Engineering at Principle Power, Alexia played a pivotal role in driving the industry toward commercialization. Now, as a founding member of OCERGY, she is dedicated to advancing offshore renewables by promoting smart products that reduce costs and foster industrialization.


Alexia Aubault's contributions extend beyond her professional roles; she has authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers in conferences and been published in reputable journals. She has also made significant contributions to two books addressing the topics of energy and offshore structures.


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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.