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The David W. Taylor Medal


Notable Achievement in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering

Thomas Fu          Thomas C. Fu  |  Office of Naval Research


Dr. Thomas Fu is the head of the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department of the Office of Naval Research. He oversees a broad range of basic and applied research and advanced technology development programs covering naval power systems; advanced materials and manufacturing; platform survivability, sustainment, performance, and autonomy; and undersea weaponry; with an annual budget of over $600 million.

Previously to his time at ONR, he held a number of positions at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, including Deputy Head of the Naval Architecture & Engineering Department and Head of the Resistance & Propulsion Division.
Dr. Fu earned a B.S. in ocean engineering from Purdue University; a Masters in physical oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; and a Doctorate in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University and adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Oregon State University and George Washington University.
He was the 2012 Asian-American Engineer of the Year, Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA and is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the SNAME Journal of Ship Research.
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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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