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The David W. Taylor Medal


Notable Achievement in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering

Hough          Jeffrey J. Hough  |  Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock

Mr. Jeffrey Hough, Senior Scientist and Technical Manager, is the US Navy Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Distinguished Engineer for Ship Design at Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock (NSWC-CD).  He is a USN Acquisition Professional with over 40 years of experience in the naval engineering and shipbuilding.  He is an expert in naval ship design, design process and computer aided design having published technical papers in these areas. 

He was Director of the US Navy’s Center for Innovation in Ship Design, and Division Head Future Concepts and Ship Design Integration Processes at NSWC-CD.  Previously he was a Senior Naval Architect for ship design and acquisition at NAVSEA headquarters working on ship design teams for over 20 naval ship programs.  He was an R&D program manager for pre-acquisition ship design efforts and ship design planning, and the Affordability Through Commonality program; Division Director for HM&E R&D; and Division Director - Future Fleet and Force Concepts Division.  He received BSE (1978) and MSE (1979) degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from The University of Michigan; and is a 1994 graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Management Course.   Mr. Hough is a SNAME Fellow and Life member of the American Society of Naval Engineers. 


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About The David W. Taylor Medal

The David W. Taylor Medal is for "Notable Achievement in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering". 

It was established by the Executive Committee in 1935 in honor of its namesake and first recipient, Rear Admiral David Watson Taylor.

Rear Admiral David W. Taylor, a Past President of SNAME, is known as “the father of American ship research”. He is internationally recognized for his “…outstanding achievements in naval architecture and marine engineering, for revolutionary results of persistent research in hull design, for improvements in many types of warships and airships, and for distinguished service as Chief Constructor of the United States Navy during World War I.” *

The award title is "The David W. Taylor Medal." The medal will be made of gold-plated bronze approximately 2 1/2 inches (6.25 cm) in diameter, one side to show likeness of Rear Admiral Taylor, the other side to show an inscription of award. 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 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 President of SNAME may arrange. The medal may be awarded annually.

*A Half Century of Maritime Technology 1946-1993, SNAME, 1993

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