Welcome to the SNAME Chesapeake Section

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  • Thursday

    Chesapeake Section/SD-5 - Unmanned Maritime Systems for the Future Force

    SNAME Section Meeting - Full

    Jan 24, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)

    Unmanned Maritime Systems for the Future Force

    Thursday, January 24, 2019
    5:30-8:30 PM EST

    Developing unmanned maritime systems to meet future Navy requirements has been a process of technological and doctrinal innovation. Unmanned vehicles have become recognized as viable systems with sensors and mission packages to meet operational needs. To meet its future requirements the Navy needs a strong foundation of proven unmanned systems and technologies, and PMS 406 is the Navy’s Program Office charged with achieving this. PMS 406 works with multiple government programs, industry, and labs in developing unmanned surface and undersea systems and sensors.

    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Cash Bar
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Dinner
    (Meal includes Italian bread & butter, coffee & tea, salad, vegetable of the day and entree (chosen at restaurant) of broiled salmon, baked chicken, or veal scaloppini)
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Program

    Speaker Name and Bio
    Howard Berkof is the Deputy Program Manager for the Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office (PMS 406), responsible for planning, management, and integration of numerous unmanned platform and payload programs.

    He began his career with Ingersoll-Rand and entered government service in 2007 with the Navy's Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office. Prior to his current role, Mr. Berkof served in various roles within the unmanned maritime systems acquisition community, including S&T Project Manager, USV Assistant Program Manager, and Remote Minehunting System Principal Assistant Program Manager.

    Mr. Berkof also served a one year assignment from 2011 to 2012 at the Pentagon, working as a Senior Requirements Analyst for the Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95) for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Mr. Berkof holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been active in ASME for over 20 years and in 2008 was honored with ASME’s Distinguished Service Award.

    Event Location
    526 23rd St. S.
    Arlington, VA 22202

    Registration Fees
    $35 - Young Professionals
    $40 - Member
    $45 - Non-member
    * Additional $5 for registration and payment at the door *
    Register and pay online by noon Wednesday January 23

    Please contact Bill Hockberger with any questions

    Contact Information

    Arlington, VA, United States


Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected incoming board members for 2018-2019!

Chair - Mr. Nathan Hagan
Vice Chair - Mr. Benjamin Testerman
Treasurer - Mr. Thomas Fuentes
Elected Member 2021 - CAPT Richard Delpizzo (USNR, ret)

On July 1st, they will start their terms and be joined by our returning elected board members:
Secretary - Ms. Kierstin Del Valle
Elected Member 2019 - Dr. Tim Arcano
Elected Member 2020 - Mr. Jaideep Sirkar


Call for Executive Committee Volunteers

The Chesapeake Section is looking for new and continuing members to join our Executive Committee. If you have general interest in the direction of our Section, or a specific interest in any of our activities, contact Section Chair Tim Mierzwicki. Opportunities include assisting with the planning and conducting of Young Professional sessions, Continuing Education and Professional Development classes, T&R Panels, and other cross-organization efforts. We are looking for any and all ideas on how to improve the work of the Society and our Section.


Call for Papers

The Chesapeake Section is looking for papers for our monthly technical meetings. We invite authors to submit abstracts on topics that advance the art, science, and practice of naval architecture and marine engineering in all their applied forms including the construction and operation of ships, marine vehicles, and structures of all kinds.

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