September 2015

SSC Student Spotlight
Oleksiy Serdyuk

Serdyuk in the Engine Room of the Spirit of the Nations ferry
A senior at University of British Columbia, Oleksiy Serdyuk is currently studying Mechanical Engineering with course concentration in thermofluids and naval architecture. As a part of his graduation project, Oleksiy is leading a team of engineering students that is developing a concept design of an oil spill response vessel, which should be a great experience and another step toward a naval architecture career.
Recently, Oleksiy completed an 8 month internship at Robert Allan Ltd., Canada's most senior naval architecture consulting firm, as a Trainee Naval Architect/Engineer. There, he enjoyed the opportunity to work on variety of projects and to learn from experienced professionals about the design process and industry standards.
As his section's chair, Oleksiy hopes to give back and promote naval architecture and marine engineering to other fellow students at his university. He enjoys attending local technical presentations and networking events, which helps him to stay up to date with industry trends and learn about experiences of other professionals in SNAME. After he graduates, Oleksiy plans to work and gain more exposure and experience in the marine field.
"My favorite part of being a SNAME member is that you get a chance to meet people in the industry that are always willing to share about their experiences and give a career advice."
For More Information on the Student Steering Committee  

We are proud to announce the moderators for the very first WMC Plenary Webinar!  We hope you can join usSunday, September 27th from 10:00-11:00 PM (EST).  

The Webinar will be open to all students affiliated with: SNAME, DSNAME, ASNE, JIME, IMarEST, IME, TEKNA, SNAK, STG, SUT, NTOS, SNAMES, SOBENA, SSNAOE, JASNOE, and Nautical Institute.

To join the Webinar, please register at and follow the steps emailed to you.  

Please submit any questions about shipbuilding and/or shipyard market in advance to or 484-744-2598.

Richard Gilmore: Director Gas Fleet Maran Gas Maritime Inc.

Richard Gilmore is Director Gas Fleet for Maran Gas Maritime Inc., the LNG shipping business unit of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL). Maran has 15 LNG ships in operation, with 15 LNG ships under construction at DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries. 

Mr. Gilmore's career in the LNG shipping industry spans over 30 years, covering LNG ship design and construction, operations, and finance. At Maran, Mr. Gilmore oversees the operations of the gas fleet, as well as the commercial and new business development activities. 

Mr. Gilmore received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from Webb Institute in 1977 and an MBA in 1984 from Harvard Business School.

Derek Novak: President and COO ABS Pacific Division
Derek Novak is President and COO of the ABS Pacific Division. Mr. Novak holds responsibility for the operational efficiency of the Division with over 1,900 members of staff working across 25 countries spanning Asia and the Middle East. 

During his career at ABS, Mr. Novak has served as Vice President of Engineering for ABS Americas Division with responsibility for seven engineering departments. Prior to this, he held the position of Manager of the Naval Engineering department, responsible for engineering review and maintenance of requirements for a wide variety of government and non-US government projects.

 Mr. Novak graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.
Patrick Cahill: Consultant Knowledge Based Systems, Inc

Pat Cahill is a shipbuilding consultant with over 20 years of Navy and industry experience. He has worked for design agents, shipyards, academia, and in software development. 

After working with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Marine Systems Division, Mr. Cahill worked for seven years at Bender Shipbuilding as a Research and Development Manager. The two National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) projects involving shift to the Ship Constructor program were the result of Pat's proposal. 

Mr. Cahill received a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy in 1983, and a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture from University of Michigan, specializing in Ship Production.
Mark Spicknall: Consultant BAE Systems
Mark Spicknall is Planning Manager for Naval Ships Division of BAE Systems, Inc. 

Mr. Spicknall has over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry. Previously he served as Director of Production Control at Marinette Marine Corporation and as adjunct lecturer / assistant research scientist at University of Michigan. Prior to these, he has served in various positions involved with production operations management, production planning and control, and complex systems production at Newport News Shipbuilding of Huntington Ingalls Industries. 

Mr. Spicknall received a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1983 and an MBA in 1997 from University of Michigan

For More Details about the Webinar, Click Here!
Plenary Webinar: Volunteer Moderators Needed
The SSC is looking for Qualified Student Volunteers to Moderate the Webinars

On October 25, 2015, the Student Steering Committee (SSC) will be live-streaming the second-ever World Maritime Congress (WMC) Plenary Webinar, and we would like you to be a vital part of it!
The Plenary Webinar will host interactive discussions with 5 prominent professionals of the international maritime community. The discussion will elaborate on technical, regulatory, and economical aspects of automation, its applications in the maritime industry, and implications on vessel operators, cyber-security, etc. 
This discussion will not be possible without one student moderator to lead the discussion! As a moderator, you will be responsible for hosting the panel of five industry experts and being the face of SNAME.  You should be comfortable with the webinar topic and excellent at public speaking and leading a discussion.  Most importantly, you will be responsible for introducing the topic and the panelists as well as asking questions relevant to the topic. This is an invaluable opportunity for you to interface with industry experts, display your leadership skills, and make a positive impact on all the students within our industry! If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact Eric Helder ( or Wesley Boone ( at the contacts below.
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:
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.
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WMTC'15: 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 you're interested in volunteering, please contact Carole Herzog at for a schedule, list of jobs, and responsibilities.  All volunteers will be compensated based on the amount of time served.   
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!
  • View Jobs - Access the newest and freshest jobs available to professionals seeking employment.
  • Personal Job Alert - Create Job Alerts and never let a matching job opportunity pass you by! New jobs that match your search criteria will be emailed directly to you.
  • Create and Manage a Jobseeker Account - 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!
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. 

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