Committee Members


William B. Hale, Chair

William B. Hale is the Vice President of Engineering at General Dynamics NASSCO, where he is responsible for all aspects of ship concept development, functional engineering, detail and production design, construction liaison, and post-delivery technical support.

Bill has been with NASSCO since 1980, starting as a staff naval architect, and has served in various increasingly-responsible assignments in Engineering, Operations, Business Development, Contracts, and Program Management. He has participated in the design and construction of 87 ships across 25 different ship classes, for both Navy and commercial customers.

Bill graduated from Webb Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and has an MBA from San Diego State University. He is a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. Bill is active in SNAME at the local and national level, and has previously served as Pacific Region RVP, as Awards Committee Chair, and on Council. He is involved with several volunteer organizations in the greater San Diego area.




Jeom Paik

Dr. Jeom Kee Paik is a professor and faculty member of both the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London in the UK and the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering of Pusan National University (PNU) in Korea. He serves as president of the Korea Ship and Offshore Research Institute (KOSORI) ( at PNU, which has been a Lloyd’s Register Foundation Research Centre of Excellence since 2008. Prof. Paik is a Fellow and Vice President of SNAME and a Fellow and Publication Committee member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).

Prof. Paik’s research interests include nonlinear structural mechanics/analysis/design, safety studies, limit states and risk based design, structural reliability, risk assessment and management, corrosion assessment and management, condition assessment and management, fires, explosions, collision, grounding, dropped objects, and impact engineering.

Prof. Paik is the third person to receive both the William Froude Medal of RINA (2015) and the David W. Taylor Medal of SNAME (2013). These medals are the two most prestigious medals in the global maritime community. He received the Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from the University of Liege in Belgium (2012). Prof. Paik was awarded the Order of Science and Technology Merits from the President of the Republic of Korea (2014). As a very special honor, RINA has created an award named for Prof. Paik, namely the Jeom Kee Paik Prize that is awarded each year since 2015 for the best paper on structures published by a researcher under 30. The prize is the first  prize named for a non-Briton in the 156-year history of RINA.

Prof. Paik serves as Chairman of the Korea Technical Committee of ClassNK and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in Malaysia. He has chaired numerous technical committees of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) associated with Ship Collisions and Grounding (2000-2003), Condition Assessment of Aged Ships (2003-2006), and Ultimate Strength (2006-2012). He is currently a member of the ISSC Standing Committee. Prof. Paik serves as Chairman of the Forum for Safety of Fire and Explosion registered under Ministry of Public Safety and Security of Republic of Korea.

Prof. Paik is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ships and Offshore Structures (, which is a peer-reviewed international journal. He serves as an editorial board member for over 20 other international journals. He has authored or co-authored over 500 technical papers, 4 books and 30 patents.

John Kokarakis

Dr. John Kokarakis has extensive experience in ship design and operations, spanning over thirty years. He was a consultant of Sealand, American President Lines and Matson Navifation for numerous aspects of containership design, operation and repair. He has served in various positions at ABS and Germanischer Lloyd with emphasis in design and construction. Currently he holds the position of Vice President of Technical Business Development responsible for the South Europe, Africa, Hellenic, Black Sea & Middle East Zone. His work focuses on the implementation of the "green" regulations with specialization in fuel saving techniques in the areas of slow steaming and speed optimization, hydrodynamics optimization, resistance and propulsion and performance monitoring. John is a graduate of National Technical University of Athens, following which he earned a doctorate and MSEs in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Scott McClure

Scott C. McClure has been President of Alan C. McClure Inc. from 1992 to the present. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1982 and Graduate Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1984. Since becoming President of ACMA, he has led the company in designing the conversion of tankers and semisubmersibles to floating production units. He also led the Company in performing the conceptual through detailed design and construction of the first high speed ABS classed Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) crewboat, the STILLWATER RIVER. He has performed engineering design and analyses of semi-submersibles, SWATHs, jack-up rigs, liftboats and ships. Other notable project design experience includes: work-ability analyses of three of Hyundai Offshore's heavy-lift crane barges and the upgrading of their crane ship to 5,000 tons. ACMA, as project naval architects for the Texaco AGBAMI FPSO, performed hull sizing and arrangements, marine systems, stability, scantlings, global strength, weights, and motion analyses. Mr. McClure has participated as an expert witness in over thirty cases including the successful defense of Petrobras in regards to two construction bond claims related to the conversion of a semisubmersible to an FPU and a VLCC to an FPSO.

Scott is a Fellow of SNAME and has been chair of many committees throughout the years, including the Nominating Committee and the Scholarships Committee, as well as participating in several other committees. He is currently the Vice President of the Central Region.

Jonathan Morley

Dan McGreer

Dan McGreer is a Principal Naval Architect at Vard Marine Inc. (VARD) and has worked there for over 24 years. Dan has been involved in all aspects of ship design including; preliminary concept development, contract design, ship performance assessment, computational fluid dynamics, marine system design and ship model testing and trials. Dan graduated in 1983 from the University of British Columbia in Mechanical Engineering with a Naval Architecture Option. Dan has worked on numerous ship design projects while at VARD including managing the design of the Canadian Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker, Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship, the NZ Offshore Patrol Vessels and the USCG Great Lakes Icebreaker. Dan is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.

Suzanne Beckstoffer

Suzanne Beckstoffer is a 30+ year career shipbuilder and Director Engineering, Process & Tools for Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, VA.

She is responsible for the Engineering & Design computer tools and processes that support multiple ship design, construction, overhaul and maintenance programs. These include major migration and upgrade projects to new design, planning, material, earned value, and other tools; data validation; 3D visualization; integrated data environments; and the company's classified network.

Suzanne holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from NC State University and an MBA from The College of William and Mary. She is Chairman of the Board of Bayport Credit Union, a $1.3 billion financial institution with 111,000 members headquartered in Newport News, VA.

She currently serves on the SNAME Fellows Committee and is Chair of the Applications Committee. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Section.

The Peninsula Engineers Council elected her Engineer of the Year in 2015.


John Keast

Gregory Grigoropoulos

Gregory Grigoropoulos was born in Athens in 1958. Professor of Ship Hydrodynamics at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. He was awarded the degrees of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1981), Mechanical Engineering (1986)  and the PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1989) from the National Technical University of Athens. He is fluent in English and German. In the past he was Managing Director of Kavala Shipyards Ltd involved in building of wooden and GRP boats (1988-91). He joined the academic staff of NTUA in 1992 as Adjunct Lecturer and following the academic hierarchy he was elected Professor in 2007. He is a member of SNAME, STG and RINA. He has been Chairman of the Greek Section of SNAME and Regional Vice President of SNAME. He has more than 65 publications in international journals and peer-reviewed conferences, 220 technical reports of the laboratory for Ship and Marine Hydrodynamics of NTUA and participation in more than 50 National and International projects.

John Daidola

Dr. John C. Daidola, P.E. is Asst. Professor of Structural Engineering at Webb Institute. He is also President and Technical Director of AENY naval architects and marine engineers, as well as Adjunct Professor for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy MMARE Program. Previously he was employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and M.Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. naval architects and marine engineers, where he was last Sr. Vice President, Engineering.

Dr. Daidola holds B.S.E and M.S.E. degrees from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Steven Institute in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in several states. He also studied naval surface ship design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended both Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and the New York Law School.

Dr. Daidola is the recipient of various awards including SNAME’s Distinguished Service Award and Centennial Medal. He has been SNAME’s Vice President, Technical,Chair of the Technical and Research Committee, Member of Council and Chair of the New York Metropolitan Section.

Dr. Daidola has over 70 publications. He was SNAME’s Chair of the Book Control Committee for the writing and publication of the current book “Ship Design and Construction” and is the co-author of SNAME’s T&R Bulletin 7-6 “Propeller Selection and Optimization Program (PSOP)”.

 Dr. Daidola’s interests include design, structure, hydrodynamics, propulsion and ship production and he has had application in these disciples from both research and design perspectives. Dr. Daidola is a Fellow of SNAME and Member of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) as well as Chair of its Metropolitan Section.