Wilbur N. Landers served as the Secretary of SNAME from 1946 to 1964 following a distinquished career in the United States Navy. His career accomplishments and contributions to SNAME were recognized through his status as a Fellow Member, and his 1963 receipt of The Vice Admiral Emory "Jerry" Land Medal.
A 1925 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Captain Landers was directed by the Navy to continue his education, receiving a Masters degree in Naval Construction from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Captain Landers then began a long and distinguished career in the design, construction, and repair of naval vessels. Many of the Navy's largest aircraft carriers and battleships built during the World War II era benefited by the achievements he worked into their designs.
Following his service in the U.S. Navy Captain Landers joined the staff of SNAME. There followed 17 years of brilliant and dedicated service to SNAME -- service which saw membership grow from 4,400 to 7,500 and its local sections expand from 6 to 13. During this period the Society's Technical and Research Organization expanded from 4 committees to 40 panels, task groups and committees.
Captain Landers died a year after his retirement from SNAME, on 25 March 1965.
The Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship is part of the SNAME Graduate Scholarships Program, and open to applicants worldwide who are members in good standing of SNAME looking to pursue advanced studies in approved universities. Awards are made for one year of study leading to a Master’s Degree in naval architecture, marine engineering, ocean engineering or in other fields directly related to the maritime industry. Applicants must not receive their Master's Degree prior to 1 September of the academic year for which the scholarship applies.
One scholarship for one year of study may be awarded annually.
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