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The Francis T. Bowles Medal


Notable Early Career Achievement by a Young Maritime or Ocean Professional

Nathan Tyler Hagan          Nathan Tyler Hagan  |  Office of Naval Operations

Nathan Hagan recently joined the Office of Naval Operations as the Navy Data Officer. Prior to this role, Nathan served as the Digital Strategy Lead for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, where he started his career in 2012 as a Naval Architect in the Ship Structures Department at Carderock Division. In both his current and prior role, he served as a technical strategist and program manager delivering data analytics and model-based systems engineering capabilities across NAVSEA and the United States Department of Navy. Prior to his current role, Nathan served as the product lead and chief software architect for the Integrated Structural Design Environment, an early-stage design tool for ship structures. Nathan is a 2012 graduate of Webb Institute, and a 2016 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Nathan now lives in Reston, VA with his wonderful husband, Justin, and their dog, Ringo. Nathan is an active volunteer, both in SNAME as the current Functional Vice President for Knowledge Management, and Treasurer of the Chesapeake Section, as well as locally in various non-profits including Reston Pride. When not working or volunteering, Nathan can be found painting, sipping on a local beer, or building with LEGO.


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About The Francis T. Bowles Medal

The Francis T. Bowles Medal is for "Notable Early Career Achievement by a Young Maritime or Ocean Professional". 

It was established by the Executive Committee in 2017 in honor of Francis T. Bowles.

Rear Admiral Francis T. Bowles, the youngest naval officer of the U.S. Navy, to hold the title of Rear Admiral, earned significant respect and acclaim early in his naval and professional career and be considered instrumental in the formation of SNAME. He was also elected one of its first Presidents.

The award title is "The Francis T. Bowles Medal." The medal will be made of gold-plated bronze, one side to show likeness of Francis T. Bowles, the other side to show an inscription of award. To be eligible for the medal, as of March 31st of the year awarded, the nominee must be an Associate or Full Member, concurrent to time of nomination, and also must meet the age limit of 35 as of March 31st of the award year. SNAME volunteer service will be considered as a positive factor, but is not required. Anyone may nominate.

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.