Notable Early Career Achievement by a Young Maritime or Ocean Professional
The 2017 Francis T. Bowles Medal
Matthew L. Unger
Matthew Unger holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute, a M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a M.S. in Ocean Systems Management, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Matthew recently joined Wing-Henshaw Inflatables as Chief Operating Officer, bringing his experience in manufacturing and engineering to one of the preeminent inflatable and fendering manufacturers worldwide.
Matthew spent the past ten years at Metal Shark, serving the last five years as the Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of design, engineering, and production at Metal Shark’s two shipyards. He designed several patrol craft currently in use by the U.S. Navy and other law enforcement agencies, and oversaw the design of most of the Metal Shark design portfolio. Prior to joining Metal Shark, Matthew was a Naval Architect at Seaworthy Systems, Inc.
Matthew has been an active member of SNAME, crediting it for several of his career successes. He began his involvement as a high school student intern. During college, he became the SNAME Student Steering Committee Chair, serving two terms. After graduating, Matthew led efforts to create and chair the Young Professionals Committee. Matthew has served on the SNAME Council and Executive Committee for multiple terms, as well as several SNAME committees. He currently serves as SNAME’s Awards Committee Chair and is a member of the SNAME Council. Matthew has also served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Webb Institute.