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The Francis T. Bowles Medal


Notable Early Career Achievement by a Young Maritime or Ocean Professional

Lorant          Brad Lorant  |  General Dynamics NASSCO

Brad Lorant graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. After graduation, he joined General Dynamics NASSCO as a member of their Initial Design and Naval Architecture department. He worked in the Production Support group for six years, where he led engineering efforts for launches, inclines, sea trials, and delivery of 14 ships. In this role, Brad gained experience across many facets of shipbuilding including concept design, model-testing, rigging, structures, guarantee, repair, facilities engineering, recruiting, and salvage. Brad recently moved to Project Engineering, where he now works as a Senior Project Engineer for Advanced Programs and Business Development Initiatives. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the Michigan Ross School of Business. Brad has been an active SNAME member since 2011 and served as the Southwest Section Chairman from 2016-2018. 


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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.