2012-2013 Committee

The Executive Committee, under the leadership of the Section Chair, establishes the general policy of the Section and is responsible for and directs the technical meetings and other Section Activities. The Executive Committee shall ensure that necessary information is provided to Society Headquarters in a timely manner; e.g., election of officers and their contact information, Section and Student Section activities, recommendations for awards and nominations, audits, etc. Composition of the Committee is determined by the Section Bylaws. Committee Membership is an excellent way to utilize members’ talents and to maintain the interest of prospective officers. It is recommended that the terms of office be staggered such that the turnover among members is spread out as much as possible to maintain continuity between successive administrations.




Ms. Jane Louie
My SNAME Profile

Ms. Jane Louie is the Department Manager for the Naval Architecture Department at Gibbs & Cox, Inc. She has played an active role on the LCS Freedom program, with a focus on weights and stability, as well as leading various concept and feasibility studies. Ms. Louie received her B.S. (2002) and M.S. (2011) in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech and was certified as a Professional Engineer specializing in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 2008 by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ms. Louie has served as Meetings Chair, Webmaster, Young Professionals Chair, and T&R Liaison for the Chesapeake Section. She also holds the positions of Publications Committee Chair and Acting VP for Knowledge Management for SNAME HQ.


Vice Chair:    
Mr. Bill Peters
My SNAME Profile

After earning a BS degree at Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, Mr. Bill Peters became engaged in commercial ship design of containerships, bulk carriers, tankers, yachts, mutli-purpose cargo ships, barges, casualty analysis, and other transportation consulting for 20 years before joining the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Design and Engineering Standards in Washington DC.

Mr. Peters has been a member of SNAME since 1978 and served as the Chesapeake Section's treasurer from 2008 - 2012.


Mrs. Sarah Wickenheiser
My SNAME Profile

Mrs. Wickenheiser is a junior naval architect and marine engineer at BMT Designers & Planners in Arlington, Virginia. Since August 2008, she has worked on various engineering projects including structural analyses, carbon footprint calculations, and high speed craft rule comparison for the United States Coast Guard and commercial clients. Sarah graduated from Webb Institute in 2008 with a bachelors of science in naval architecture and marine engineering. She spent he winter work terms as a shipfitter at Derektor Shipyards in Bridgeport, CT; a deck and engine cadet on the Horizon Discovery sailing between Jacksonville, FL, and San Juan, PR; and as an engineering intern at Tritec Marine Consultants in Glasgow, Scotland, and The Glosten Associates in Seattle, WA.  

Mrs. Wickenheiser has been serving as the Chesapeake Section's interim treasurer since 2010.


Mr. Benjamin Testerman
My SNAME Profile

Mr. Benjamin Testerman is a Naval Architect in the Ship Systems Integration and Design Department of NSWC Carderock in West Bethesda, MD. Through the Scientist and Engineer Development Program at Carderock, he has been involved in a variety of projects related to early stage ship design as well as energy conservation in the existing auxiliary fleet. Mr. Testerman graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009 with a Bachelors of Engineering and a concentration of Naval Engineering. As part of his undergraduate studies at Stevens, Mr. Testerman spent a year abroad studying Naval Architecture at University College London. Through the co-op program at Stevens, he was afforded the opportunities to work in the engineering department of Derecktor Shipyards, the hydrodynamics group of CSC Advanced Marine, and the Center for Innovation in Ship Design at NSWC Carderock.

Mr. Testerman served as the Chesapeake Section Young Professionals Chair in the 2011 - 2012 term.
Baltimore Sub-Section Chair:
Mr. Joseph Prokop

Elected Member (2013):

Mr. Patrick Hudson

Dr. Patrick Hudson serves in the Navy Reserve as an Engineering Duty Officer, currently assigned to support the Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. Dr. Hudson has over 23 years experience in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering working at NSWC Carderock Division, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, John J. McMullen Associates, and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Since 2005, Dr. Hudson has been a faculty member within the U.S. Naval Academy Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. He also teaches graduate courses in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, and Ocean Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and Virginia Tech.

Dr. Hudson is a Member of SNAME, ASNE, and RINA, and served as the Chesapeake Section Technical Program Chair in 1994 - 1995.

Elected Member (2014):

Mr. John Gallagher

My SNAME Profile

Mr. Gallagher currently serves as the Managing Director of the Washington DC office of MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. MTU Detroit Diesel is one of the world’s leading builders of high speed diesel engines.  Previously, Mr Gallagher was the President of Northeast Ship Repair LLC, overseeing operations of two ship repair facilities in Boston and Philadelphia.

During his career Mr Gallagher has spent over 22 years in shipbuilding, both in design and operations management. He has served as VP Operations, Chief Naval Architect and Chief of Engineering at three shipyards, working on vessel types ranging from 55' high speed patrol boats to 300,000 DWT tankers.  He has both contract and detail design experience for Navy, USCG and commercial vessels, as well as design of hoisting and mechanical handling systems.

Mr. Gallagher also spent 15 years managing naval engineering consulting companies or directing the operations for groups of such companies both in the US and abroad.  These companies performed work for a mix of government and commercial clients, including the US DoD and UK MoD. 

Mr. Gallagher is a graduate of Webb Institute with a BSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. 

Elected Member (2015):

Mr. Jonathan Kaskin

My SNAME Profile
Mr. Jonathan Kaskin assumed the duties of Director, Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N-42) in 2000. Mr. Kaskin earned his first M.S. in Engineering from Harvard University, Division of Applied Science, in 1977, and in 1979 he received a second M.S. in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management as well as and a professional degree of Ocean Engineer from the MIT Department of Ocean Engineering.

Following his studies, Mr. Kaskin was employed as an Operations Research Analyst at the Military Sealift Command Headquarters in the Office of the Assistant for Special Programs from 1979 to 1982. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commander, Military Sealift Command from 1982 to 1987. Between 1987 and 2000, Mr. Kaskin served as the Director, Strategic Sealift Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Director, Logistics Plans and Policy/Strategic Sealift Program Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and as the Director, Operational Logistics and Strategic Mobility Division.

Mr. Kaskin is a Member of the National Defense Transportation Association, Transportation Research Board, Propeller Club of the United States, SNAME, ASNE, Naval Reserve Association, U.S. Naval Institute and the Navy League.

Appointed Committee Members  

Audit Chair Mr. Robert J. vom Saal 
Awards Chair OPEN
Education Chair Mr. William Garzke
Historian Mr. Alex Landsburg
Librarian Mr. Jay Howell
Meetings Chair Mr. Ted Dickenson
Past Chair/Membership Mr. Paul Cojeen
Past Chair/Nominating Mrs. Jackie DeSpirito
Past Chair/Strategic Mr. David A. Helgerson
Past Chair Mr. Dan Eling
Photographer Mr. Jaideep Sirkar
Publicity Chair Mr. Peter McCauley
T&R Liaison Mr. Nathan Carlos
**Technical Program Chair Mr. Jonathan Slutsky
USNA Student Chair Ms. Andrea Stooksbury
USNA Student Vice Chair Mr. Bret Anstett 
Virginia Tech Student Chair Ms. Allison Oswalt
Virginia Tech Student Vice Chair Mr. Wes Downs 
Young Professionals Chair Mr. Nathan Hagan
Webmaster Ms. Samantha Lee

**Looking to rotate in 2012 and 2013