November 2015

WMTC 2015 Recap!
SNAME had the pleasure of hosting the 5th World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC) on November 3-7 at the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  This year's student program was a fantastic success, packed with events starting Wednesday with the Student Design Competition, and ending with the Student Social on Saturday. Here is a look at the World Maritime Technology Conference by the Numbers:
  • 1200 total people in attendance.
  • 251 student in attendance. A new SNAME record!
  • 32 countries were represented.  13 countries cent students
  • 170 (including 10 students) papers and presentations.
  • 103 exhibitors.
  • 15 Cardboard boats created at the Student Design Competition
  • 18 companies in attendance at the Student Job Fair.
  • 21 professionals at the Student and Industry Round Table.
  • 1600 pictures taken by PhotoTap!  View them on SNAME's Fickr site.
The full technical program papers and presentations can be found on the SNAME website ( and via the WMTC eGroup available to registered paid attendees (click here to access the eGroup).  The USB Proceedings can be purchased by contacting Kristin Walker via email at

We would like to thank everyone, especially the students for coming out and attending this year's Student Program.  Thanks to you, this year was one of the most memorable Conferences in recent memory.  We are delighted that we were given a chance to meet, network, laugh, and share ideas with each and every one of you.  We look forward to seeing you next year in Bellevue! 
SMC 2016: 1-5 November
Save the Date!
The SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC), SNAME's annual meeting and expo is returning to the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington. The SMC will continue to include a robust technical program, including SNAME Papers, the Ship Production Symposium (SPS), Student Papers, Other Content, Best Of presentations, panel sessions, T&R sessions, topical breakfasts, and topical lunches. In addition to the technical content, the Expo features the latest in innovative products, research, and technology. And the NSRP Expo will showcase the National Shipbuilding Research Program panel projects. In 2015, the SMC was held in conjunction with the triennial World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC), which included 21 organizing Societies that make up the World Maritime Technology Congress.
Student Design Competition, 
sponsored by Netsco
The WMTC 2015 Student Design Competition was a great success. Typically, the competition serves as one of the most anticipated and well attended events of the student program. This year, over 250 students from universities around the world had the opportunity to participate and collaborate on a winning design given a set of build requirements. 
Students were divided into 15 teams that were named after maritime related films. Each team consisted of students from universities representing 13 countries. The teams were tasked with designing a boat out of a limited supply of materials and optimize it with respect to its speed and cargo capacity. The designs had to survive two challenges: a seakeeping challenge and a damage stability challenge. Teams were awarded points based on their speed and the load their vessel was able to accommodate while successfully completing the challenges. The top three teams were awarded a monetary prize for their accomplishments:

1st Place - Big Miracle

Pictured (Alphabetically): 
Kasun Athukorala, Hazel Baez, Oleg Golubev, Nora McMahon, Colin Morrison,
Dylan Przelomski , Debanjan Saha, Cody Stansky, Mackenzie Yoas

2nd Place - Captain Phillips 
Pictured (Alphabetically): 
Lisa Bergeron, Chad Carter, Maggie Daley, Erin Hub, John Nothacker, Matt Orgill, Ben Porter
3rd Place- Crimson Tide
Pictured (Alphabetically): Taylor Allen, Nicolas Carabelli, Dylan Froriep, Chris Lopez, Chris Miller, Brian Mills, Ilya Mouravieff, 
Jessica Reid, Samantha Rutherford, Nick Stinson, Antonis 
Student Job Fair

University of Michigan Students Zach Bayoff and Mark Bauerle speak with Matt Unger with Metal Shark Boats at the Student Job Fair

The WMTC 2015 Student Job Fair was a great success. Over 250 students had the opportunity to talk with representatives from 18 prominent companies in the marine industry. Companies present included suppliers, design firms, shipyards, classification societies, and research organizations. The Job Fair presented the unique opportunity for students to have access to so many excellent companies, and for companies to have access to hundreds of students, all in one place. The Student Steering Committee, SNAME, and the students in attendance all owe a huge amount of gratitude to the 18 companies for taking the time to attend and talk with students. Thanks to their support, the internships and jobs that will likely stem from the Job Fair will shape the careers of many young engineers and provide immense benefit to the companies themselves. A big thank-you goes to the students as well for taking the time to attend. We look forward to seeing another great group of companies at the 2016 SMC Job Fair and look forward to seeing you all there!
Student and Industry Round Table, 
sponsored by Seaspan Shipyards

Thank you to all of the students and industry volunteers that participated in the Student & Industry Round Table Discussions!  The event was a huge success featuring 21 industry volunteers speaking with close to 150 students in topics ranging from offshore technologies to resume building.  The casual atmosphere fostered by the Student and Industry Round Table is what makes it one of the highlights of the Student Program every year!    

While the participation of the students is vital to the discussions, this event could not be possible without the fantastic volunteers from all parts of the industry and three different countries.  We would like to again thank these volunteer who took time out of their schedule to be participate.

Netsco President Richard Mueller speaking with students about career mobility. 

Student Congress & Elections
From left to right: Nick Stinson, Barr Turner, Taylor Wilson, Jared Adams, and Nick Price.
Congratulations to the newly elected SNAME Student Steering Committee!  Your 2016 SSC officers are:
Chair: Barr Turner, Webb Institute
Vice Chair: Jared Adams, Virginia Tech
Secretary/Treasurer: Nick Stinson, Virginia Tech 
Electronics Media Chair:  Nick Price, Virginia Tech
Communications Chair: Taylor Wilson, Memorial University
We are very excited to see what this talented young team brings to the SNAME student program in 2016!
Student Microsite Competition,
sponsored by Gibbs & Cox
The WMTC 2015 Student Microsite Competition was a great success for one more year. More student sections than ever before, 20 in total, competed for the 5 prizes that were generously offered by Gibbs & Cox. The competition was very exciting for one more year since the winners where decided mainly based on details and it wouldn't be possible to determine them, if it wasn't for our great Judges. We are glad to give extra prizes this year for Special Content and Special Social Media presence that motivate students to share knowledge and increase their community. A big thank-you goes to the students as well for taking the time to attend and especially to those who spent so much time behind their computers promoting SNAME. We look forward to seeing even more Student Microsites developed at the 2016 SMC and look forward to seeing you all there!

The winners of the WMTC Student Microsite Competition are: 

2nd Place: Virginia Tech
Special Content: University of Strathclyde
Special Social Media Presence:  University of British Columbia
Saturday Student Social
Students overlooking the Providence River Bridge during the Providence Walking Tour
This year's Saturday Student Social was a great success. 15 students from all over the world enjoyed a fascinating walking tour of Providence, which focused on the maritime history of the city. We saw the historic downtown area and the many cultural institutions along the city's vibrant waterfront. For lunch, we went to Dave and Buster's, where we spent the afternoon playing arcade games and relaxing with new friends before saying goodbye. Thanks to everyone who attended. See you next year!
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.
  • Post an Anonymous Resume - Post your resume online today! Whether you are actively or passively seeking work, your online resume is your ticket to great job offers!
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For more information on the Career Center, Click Here!
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. SNAMEmembership 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. 

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