August 2015

SSC Student Spotlight
Kathrine Coughlan

Kathrine Coughlan with George Rossopoulos (SSC Electronics Media Chair), Alana Anderson (SNAME Director of Events), Wesley Boone (SSC Communications Chair), and Andrew Ko (SSC Chairman) at the Council Retreat this past June. 
A rising junior at Florida Institute of Technology, Kathrine Coughlan is currently studying Ocean Engineering with a minor in sustainability.  Last year, Kathrine was Historian of a senior design project to build a solar-powered boat for a competition in Monaco.  She is also currently serving as the Public Relations chair of her school's SNAME section.  A certified scientific diver, Kathrine plans to volunteer at FIT's coastal engineering lab under Dr. Robert Weaver this upcoming semester. 

Recently, Kathrine completed a summer internship at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division as a part of the Center for Innovation in Ship Design.  There, she enjoyed the opportunity to work in a group with her peers, and learn about the design process.   

As her section's Public Relations Chair, Kathrine enjoys the networking opportunities offered to her through SNAME.After she graduates, Kathrine plans to work and gain more experience and exposure in the marine field.  She hopes to eventually pursue her masters and PhD in order to become a professor at a university.
"I love meeting new people with similar interests to mine and learning about their experience in the marine field."
An Invitation From Your SSC Chairman
Dear SNAME student members,

On 9/27/15 and 10/25/2015, the Student Steering Committee (SSC) will be live-streaming the first 2015 World Maritime Congress (WMC) Plenary Webinars, and we would like you to be a part of it! 

The two Plenary Webinars will host interactive discussions with prominent professionals of the international maritime community.  The discussions will elaborate on technical, regulatory, and economical aspects of the following topics:
  1. Shipbuilding - Outlook of shipyards in Asia, Europe, and America, and their strategies to improve efficiency, to adopt to new technologies and regulations, and to continue growth
  2. Automation - applications of automation technologies in the marine industry and implications for vessel operators, cyber-security, etc.
Our goal here is provide all students with an opportunity to learn more about the current issues that are rapidly and globally transforming the landscape of our maritime industry, leading into the 2015 World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC) in November.

This invitation will soon be extended to all student members of 7 international Societies: IMarEST, SSANOE, NTOS, DSNAME, SSNAME, Institute of Marine Engineers, and SNAME, but I wanted to let our SNAME student members to hear about this opportunity first.

More details will follow in August. But for now, please mark those dates!

Andrew Ko,
Chairman, Student Steering Committee
Volunteer Moderators Needed
The SSC is looking for Qualified Student Volunteers to Moderate the Webinars

What makes the WMC Plenary Webinar so exciting is the opportunity for students and industry experts from around the world to interact conveniently.  We believe that it is very important that panelists and students are on the same page, and having a student moderator is instrumental on keeping the panelists focused on topics that students are interested in. 

A moderator's responsibility will be to host the panel and make sure that all five of the panelists are able to express their ideas in a time-efficient manner.  The moderator will be responsible for asking questions to the panelists as well as reading questions submitted by the students.  A moderator should be well versed in the topic and good at public speaking.  

If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions regarding moderating,  please send out Communications Chair (Wesley Boone, wtboone@vt.eduand our Secretary/Treasurer (Eric Helder,
For More Information on the Student Steering Committee  
Employment Opportunities
Look for Opportunities Through the Career Center
The SNAME Career Center was constructed to help connect members with new employment opportunities.  Students looking for full-time, part-time, or internship opportunities can use this center to assist in their job search.
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    Your personal jobseeker account will allow you to find jobs, manage your resume and set up job alerts.  
For more information on the Career Center, Click Here!
Upcoming Events: World Maritime Technology Conference 2015


SNAME will host the 5th World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC) on November 3-7 at the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. 


The WMTC is held once every three years under the auspices of the World Maritime Technology Congress. Comprised of 21 member societies representing 17 countries, it brings together the world's Maritime Technical Associations, whose members are involved in Specification, Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of all things Marine World-Wide. With innovative paper presentation and teaching throughout the venue, from class settings to innovation sessions, demonstrations and exhibit hall, this event is sure to draw a valuable audience and attendees. 


The SNAME Maritime Convention, SNAME's annual meeting & expo is being held in conjunction with the triennial WMTC.


Please see the WMTC website at:  More information can be found about:

Once again, Student members will only pay $100, which includes three days of the technical program, the welcome Reception, Expo Hall Box Lunches on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Expo Hall and Coffee Breaks on Wednesday thru Friday, the Annual Banquet, courtesy of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC and new for 2015, the President's Luncheon, courtesy of Ship Architects, Inc. Student non-members pay $135, which also includes a year membership with SNAME. 


For more information, please contact Alana Anderson at or directly at +1 703-997-6705.




WMTC: Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer and assist with making this event a great success. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-registration - Help put together the bags for attendees
  • Registration - Assist with checking in pre-registered attendees and walk-ins attendees. Distribute tote bags, lanyards, ribbons, and other giveaway items.
  • Assistant Moderators for the Technical Program
  • Collect tickets at the Welcome Reception, Expo Hall Box Lunches, Topical Breakfasts, Topical Lunches, Annual Banquet, and Awards Luncheon
  • Assist at the SNAME Booth
  • Technical Program Desk: Assist Authors, Presenters, Moderators, and answer technical program questions

If interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact: Carole Herzog ( or see the WMTC website: click here for more information.

Upcoming Events: FAST 2015

Since their inception in Trondheim, Norway, in 1991 the bi-annual FAST conferences have been the world's leading technical conferences addressing fast sea transportation issues.

FAST 2015, the 13th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation, will be held at FHI 360 Conference Center in Du Point Circle, Washington DC, USA the nation's capital.  The event will be on September 1-4, 2015.

The aim of the Conference is promoting the world-wide cooperation among scientists, engineers and operators who are concerned with all the aspects of the high-speed maritime industry. The FAST Conference program for 2015 will focus on high-quality papers and invited Keynote Lecturers. A thorough review process, of both abstracts and full manuscripts, will be used to select papers whose originality, relevance, timeliness, and significance meet the standards FAST attendees have come to expect. The conference will be conducted in the English language.


Please see the FAST website at: On the website, you can find the following:

For more information, please contact Alana Anderson at or directly at +1 703-997-6705.



Upcoming Events: Propeller & Shafting Symposium 2015

The 14th Propeller & Shafting Symposium is being planned by Panel M-16 (Propulsion Shaft Systems) of SNAME's Technical and Research Program.  
This symposium will address the overall propulsion transmission system of gearing, shafting, couplings, bearings, seals, and propellers.  


Please see the website at:  

For more information, please contact Alana Anderson at or directly at +1 703-997-6705.



Use LinkedIn to Connect with SNAME
Don't Play Hard to Get with Maritime Industry Professionals

"Since returning from the SNAME Council Retreat this past weekend, I have been seeking to connect with my new friends on LinkedIn, my primary tool for keeping in touch with colleagues.  To my dismay, and surprise, I find many, if not most, of the students are not on LinkedIn."

Lars Ronning, 
Principal Engineer at Statoil
SNAME Functional Vice President, Knowledge Management


As student members of SNAME, you have the opportunity to connect with the leaders of the maritime industry. SNAME membership can be your foot in the door to a conversation that will have a major impact on your career and life. In order to best take advantage of this opportunity, make sure that you have a presence across the various communication tools that are used by others in the industry.

Here are a few things that you can do to create more exposure for yourself:

Developing relationships is a key to taking that eventual step from student to professional. Take advantage of your status as a member of SNAME to create and develop these relationships. We are confident that you will be rewarded for your efforts. 

Purchase SNAME T-Shirts
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For more information contact Carole Herzog (+1  T-Shirts are $8 for students. 
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