Past Meetings and Events

August 25, 2017, Cal-SNAME Officer Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected officers!

Nov. 4, 2016, Upcoming Annual Reunion of UCB Ocean Alumni and Friends

Upcoming Annual Reunion of UCB Ocean Alumni and FriendsBellevue, Washington. All alums and friends of Cal-SNAME are invited to join us on this occasion.

Sept. 12, 2016, Mr. Lu Wang selected for the Inaugural Wehausen Graduate Scholar Award

 In tribute to the eminent Professor John Wehausen, considered by many to be the
 founder of the field of marine hydrodynamics, an endowment for a Wehausen Memorial
 Graduate Scholarship was established in 2006, after Professor Wehausen's passing in
 2005. Background on the Wehausen Endowment can be found here.
 Congratulations to
 Mr. Lu  Wang, Ph.D. candidate in Ocean Engineering specializing in theoretical and
 computational marine mechanics, who received the Inaugural Award in Fall 2016.
 Mr. Wang's CV is available upon request.



Sept. 11-16, 2016, 31st Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, Monterey, CA

Ph.D. Candidate Lu Wang presented a joint paper with Prof. Yeung and Dr. Yichen Jiang on the subject of "Validation of a Discrete-Vortex Method (SS-FSRVM) for Modeling Nonlinear Coupled Vertical-Plane and Lateral Ship Motions in Head Waves."

August 24, 2016, Cal-SNAME Officer Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected officers!

July 8, 2016, Cal-SNAME Sending off Dr. Yichen Jiang and Zhongfei (Ryan) Chen

Yichen is heading to Dalian Technology University as an associate professor, Ryan is continuing at Harbin Engineering University.


Everyone present gets a book to read as a gift!

June 21, 2016, Cal-SNAME Advisor Prof. R.W. Yeung presented the OOAE-ASME Lifetime Achievement Award

Click on the above image for details.


Lifetime Achievement Award in grateful recognition of significant lifetime contributions     Luncheon table of part of Berkeley folks in attendance of award ceremony. From left:
to hydromechanics and ocean engineering, presentation by OOAE Committee.                Dr. Nathan Tom, Alexia Aubault, Antoine Peiffer, Prof. Xinshu Zhang, Qian Zhong, 
Congratulations to our Faculty Advisor!                                                                               Daewoong Son, Qiuchen Guo, Dr. Chunfa Wu.


Berkeley folks associated with Prof. Yeung present after Award Lunch.                   Dinner gathering reminiscing joyful experience of each (Yiannis Constantinides 
From left: Qiuchen Guo (2014), Qian Zhong (2015), Nathan Tom (2013),               of Chevron Energy Co (MS-2002) at near right).
Daewoong Son (2016), Alexia Aubault (2005), Prof. R. W. Yeung,
Dominique Roddier (2000), Jang Whan Kim (1997), Chunfa Wu (1990),
Antoine Peiffer (2008), Xinshu Zhang (2015).

June 19-23, 2016, OMAE-2016 Conference, Busan, S. Korea.

We have over a dozen papers presented by UCB students and graduates, some group pictures are worthy for memories.


Current/recent graduates, from left: Qiuchen Guo, Daewoong Son, Prof. R. W. Yeung,      Advisor & former student met again in OMAE16: Their first paper was OMAE2000, Stavanger, 
Dr. Nathan Tom, Qian Zhong                                                                                                Dr. Chunfa Wu is the Vice-President of INTECSEA, WorleyParsons, International.

June 1, 2016, The Berkeley Wedge (Energy-Capturing Floating Breakwater) Inventors

The Berkeley Wedge (Energy-Capturing Floating Breakwater) inventors, a reunion on June 1, 2016.

Four years after the publication of the student theses and the SOBENA paper, the Berkeley Wedge inventors: Meghan E. Sinclair, Farshad Madhi, and Ronald W. Yeung had a reunion at The Skates, with the USPTO Patent #9,416,766 on an "Energy-Capturing Floating Breakwater" (ME241B material!) about to be issued on August 16, 2016.

May 18, 2016, Commencement Ceremony at the Greek Theater

2016 Commencement Ceremony at the Greet Theater: May 18, 2016.


Four graduating Ph.D.'s posing on stage in full regalia. From left: Farshad Madhi, Lu Wang,         Preparing at backstage to march on: Son, Madhi, Alam, Yeung, Wang, Couston.
Prof. R. W. Yeung, Samuel Kanner, Daewoong Son. A special occasion. Congratulations      
and best wishes!

Spring 2016, E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series

Spring 2016, E201 Ocean Engineering Seminar Series: Speakers who visited the Berkeley Marine Mechanics Lab (full list).


From left: Prof. Xinshu Zhang (SJTU, Visiting Scholar), Dr. Yichen Jiang (Post-doc),      Prof. Marc Perlin (University of Michigan) on superhydrophobic surfaces, hosted by 
Prof. Yeung, Dr. Jang W. Kim (Technip, USA), E201 speaker on numerical wave tank    Prof. Makiharju. February 27, 2016.
for offshore engineering. April 8, 2016.

Prof. Solomon Yim (Oregon State University) on Large-Scale Wave-Basin Experiments, hosted by Prof. Yeung, April 28, 2016.

April 15, 2016, Cal-SNAME/SWE Field Trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

We thank Dr. Andrew Hamilton (PhD, OE 2001) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing, CA for hosting the field trip.


April 3-6, 2016, The 31st International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies

The 31st International Workshop on Water Waves and Floating Bodies (IWWWFB-31), was held in Plymouth, Michigan, April 3-6, 2016.

Dr. Yichen Jiang presented his paper with Prof. Yeung on "Efficient Modeling of Free Rolling Motion of Ship." Prof. Xinshu Zhang also presented a paper "On Hydrodynamic Behavior of a Cylindrical Moonpool with an Entrapped Two-Layer Fluid."

March 16, 2016, NorCal SNAME Student Paper Night

Norcal SNAME Student Paper Night - Authors: Dongchi Yu* and Pierre Lecointe, "Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Wave Resistance Reduction of Asymmetric Di-hull Systems by Exploiting Interference Effects." The Faculty Club, UC Berkeley, March 16, 2016. Event flyer.

* Presenter


From left: Andres Cannavo (NorCal Section Chair), Dongchi Yu holding his paper,                         Over 50 attendees paying attention in the Heyns' Room!
Spencer Schilling (President of Herbert Engineering)

Past and previous students of ME241A & B present at Student-Paper Meeting, what a range of years!

Nov. 5, 2015, UCB Ocean-Grad Reunion in SNAME Annual Meeting

Cal-SNAME and UCB faculty organized UCB Ocean-Grad Reunion in SNAME Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, 11/5/2015.


Conference Hallway, from left: HT Kim, Dr. Arthur Reed (NSWCCD), Prof. Yeung,             Annual Banquet, from left: Prof. Yeung, Dr. Kirsi Tikka (COE-Advisory Board Member), 
Dr. Simo Makiharju (new UCB Asst. Professor), Daniel Grieb (new graduate student,         Prof. Makiharju
NDSEG Fellow)

Oct. 14, 2015, NREL (Golden, Colorado) Campus Recruiting Event at UC Berkeley

Per Dr. Nathan Tom's arrangement, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is recruiting summer interns on UCB campus. Cal-SNAME sponsors the event. See event flyer here.


Aug. 28th, 2015 Cal-SNAME Officer Election Meeting

Cal-SNAME students attended this year's officer election meeting in Vogt's room on the 6th floor of Etcheverry Hall. Thank you everyone for joining us and congratulations to the newly elected officers.

 Cal-SNAME members in the election meeting of August 28, 2015.

 Elected Officers of Cal-SNAME (From left: L. Chrobak, Q. Zhong, HT Kim, R. Chen, R. Ghosh, D. Yu)

 posted by HT Kim [09/15/2015]

May, 18th, 2015, Commencement speaker of UC Berkeley by Dr.Kirsi Tikka

UCB College of Engineering Graduate Commencement Speaker:  Dr. Kirsi Tikka (PhD 1989, NAOE, UCB).

(The event was web-cast:  Kirsi's speech starts at 27:20 in the playback.) 

posted by HT Kim [10/04/2015]

2014-2015, Some events in Cal-SNAME


Dr. Yichen Jiang's pesentation at 30IWWWFB Workshop, Bristol, UK, 4/14/2015

Lu Wang's Cal-SNAME talk on a 2-body problem in wave energy, 4/10/15

 Dr. Bingbin Yu (ME240b Instructor) E201 Seminar, on risk-analayis, date 4/3/15


 Send-off gathering for Edward Fagan(Univ of Ireland, Galway) and Chunlin Wu (Harbin Engineering Univ) at Laval Pizza, 4/3/15

posted by HT Kim [10/04/2015]

posted by HT Kim [10/04/2015]

Oct. 24th, 2014 SNAME Maritime Convention

Lu Wang, Cal-SNAME chair for the year 2013/2014, received the Graduate Paper Honor Prize Award for his paper “Nonlinear Waves Generated by a Moving Pressure Patch in Arbitrary Water Depth and the Implied Zero-Wave-Resistance (ZWR) Conditions” presented at the Northern California Section meeting on March 19, 2014. Congratulations to Lu!

                                                               Lu Wang and Professor Ronald W. Yeung at the SMC Awards Luncheon.

Aug. 29th, 2014 Cal-SNAME Officer Election Meeting

Cal-SNAME students attended this year's officer election meeting in Vogt's room on the 6th floor of Etcheverry Hall. Thank you everyone for joining us and congratulations to the newly elected officers. For a list of this and last year's officers, please click here.

                                                                                The elected Officers for the year 2014/2015.

                                                                                Cal-SNAME members participating in the elections.

Jun. 13th, 2014 INORE Workshop

Cal-SNAME helped hosting the INORE Workshop on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The workshop topic was "what can the nascent marine renewable energy industry learn from the experienced oil and gas industry." Seven panelists from all over the world led the interesting discussions. Below is a group picture of all the attendees and organizers.


Jun. 8-13th, 2014 OMAE Conference

Cal-SNAME Section had over twenty volunteers at the 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. In the figure below, we can see some of the volunteers working at registration desk.


Nov. 13th, 2013 NorCal SNAME Monthly Meeting

This month's meeting was jointly held by SNAME NorCal Chapter and the ASNE Golden Gate Section. The presentation by Dr. Tim Mundon from Oscilla Power, Inc. tackled a new approach to wave energy extraction. The meeting was held at the Pyramid Alehouse in Berkeley.

Cal-SNAME students listening to the presentation.

Nov. 1st, 2013 Mid-semester Research Meeting

After Halloween, we had our mid-semester research meeting to brief each other on our latest research progress. OE students showed great commitment by showing up on a Friday evening.


Oct. 17th, 2013 NorCal SNAME Monthly Meeting

We participated in the second monthly meeting jointly held by NorCal SNAME and the Society of Port Engineers of San Francisco. An entertaining talk about the new Bay Bridge, one of the greatest public works of our time, was given during the meeting. The event took place at Spengers in Berkeley, CA.

Sept. 21st, 2013 International Shore Clean Up Day

Cal-SNAME members woke up early on a Saturday morning to help clean the lovely shore of Berkeley Marina. Unfortunately, after only two hours of work, the event came to an end because of the heavy rain as you can see in the pictures below.


Sept. 13th, 2013 Pizza gathering of OE Students

Prof. Yeung hosted a dinner celebration for students who recently passed the PhD Preliminary exams and Qualifying exams. All OE students were invited to share the joyful moment with their fellow lab mates.

Sept, 11th, 2013 NorCal SNAME Monthly Meeting

First NorCal SNAME meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year. The event was hosted at Pasta Pelican restaurant in Alameda, CA. Mr. Richard Jenkins gave a very interesting presentation about setting the new wind powered vehicle world speed record and the design of an autonomous sailing drone.

Cal-SNAME students enjoying the great food before the talk.

Sept. 6th, 2013 Icebreaking Research Meeting for New Students

The first research meeting of Fall 2013 semester. New students were getting acquainted with the ongoing research in the OE group. It's a good opportunity for students, new and old, to get to know each other.
Welcome aboard, new OE students!

Aug. 30th, 2013 Cal-SNAME Officer Election Meeting

A record number of students attended this year's Cal-SNAME officer election meeting. We have more than 25 students and guests here in Tien's room on the 6th floor of Etcheverry Hall. Thank you everyone for joining us and congratulations to the newly elected officers. For a list of this and last year's officers, please click here.

 OE students attending the election

Invited guests Dr. Xu (left) and Dr. Roddier (right)

May 4th, 2013 Alaa Mansour Retirement

Cal-SNAME would like to thank Professor Alaa Mansour for his years of service to the UC Berkeley community.  Prof. Mansour was a favorite for many students that were enrolled in his undergraduate and graduate classes.  A retirement party was held for Prof. Mansour on May 4th at the Seaborg Room at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.  Cal-SNAME wishes good health and best of luck to Prof. Mansour in his future endeavors!
                     Prof. Mansour (left) and Prof. Yeung (right)                                      Prof. Mansour and OE students

Apr. 24th, 2013 Webcast by Justin Stopa of University of Hawaii

Cal-SNAME participated in the second webcast presentation from the University of Hawaii Student Section.  We were fortunate to listen to a technical presentation by graduate student Justin E. Stopa about "Forecasting and Hindcasting Wind Driven Environments." 

Mar. 13th, 2013 1st Norcal Young Professionals Event

A portion of our Cal-SNAME members attend the first Young Professional “YP” event for the NorCal section!!  The attending members had a great evening at Kimball’s in Oakland's Jack London Square playing pool while enjoying food and drinks.  It was a great chance to socialize with our fellow SNAME members and learn more about the work they do in the Bay Area.  We would like to thank Antoine Peiffer (Marine Innovation & Technology) and Andrew Lachtman (Bruce Rosenblatt) for organizing the event!

Feb. 27th, 2013 Monthly Meeting Hosted by SNAME NorCal

Cal-SNAME students were delighted to be part of this special event with guest speaker Mr. Peter Noble, SNAME President. Mr. Noble briefed the audience about future SNAME policies and strategies for further development and expansion. After a wonderful dinner, Mr. Noble continued to give a fascinating technical talk on the past, present, and future of icebreakers. To make this night even more special, the entire event took place on a cruise ship of Commodore Cruises. What's more befitting the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers than having the meeting on a ship?

Feb. 13th, 2013 SNAME Past Annual Chair Meeting

Cal-SNAME students revisited California Maritime Academy to attend the SNAME Annual Chair's Meeting. We were given an exciting tour of the famous training ship Golden Bear guided by CMA cadets. Later on, we had a memorable dinner at the Rizza Auditorium. The night was highlighted by the presentation given by senior students of Cal Maritime on their project about the design of a Remotely Operated Salinity Test Platform for marine biology investigation in San Francisco Bay.

Feb. 1st, 2013 E201 Seminar Series

Cal-SNAME invites any students and local professionals interested in the offshore field to attend the E201 seminar series during the Spring 2013 semester.  E201 is a weekly seminar series that invites academic and industry fellows to present their current research or projects that are focused on the marine field.  Here is a link to the schedule speakers for the Spring.

Dec. 5th, 2012 University of Hawaii Webcast

        Cal-SNAME members participated in a webcast presentation from the University of Hawaii(UH). The technical presentation, "The Conceptual Design of a Floating Offshore Wind Farm for Oahu, Hawaii," was given by the Ocean Resources and Engineering students at the University of Hawaii.  The students giving the presentation represent both the SNAME and MTS Hawaii Student Sections. This was a great opportunity see what projects are going on at UH as well as show enthusiasm and support for our student members and their endeavors.

Nov. 30th, 2012 - Cal-SNAME End of Semester Gathering!

Cal-SNAME threw a pizza gathering for all members to celebrate before FINALS!  Here is to a great semester!     

Oct. 29th, 2012 Professor Ronald W. Yeung's ABS Endowed Chair Celebration

       Cal-SNAME members would like to congratulate Professor Ronald Yeung as the Inaugural Faculty holder of the American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Ocean Engineering for recognition of his work in the field.
  Left-to-Right: Prof. David Dornfeld (ME Department Chair), Mrs. Grace Yeung, Prof. Ronald W. Yeung (ABS Chair), Prof. Masayoshi Tomizuka.

Undergraduates and graduates who were invited by College of Engineering to make presentations to the celebrate occasion of the new ABS Endowed Chair in Ocean Engineering at UC Berkeley (Prof. Ronald W. Yeung). There were 15  posters from the College students describing their current research and how ocean engineering affects everyone's daily lives.  More photos of this special occasion are available from Fllickr Site of Prof. Yeung.

Oct. 24-26th, 2012 SNAME Annual Meeting

Cal-SNAME would like to congratulate the following individuals who will be honored at the 2012 SNAME Annual Meeting:

- Christophe Cochet, alumni of U.C. Berkeley graduate program and member of Cal-SNAME, is the recipient of the 2012 SNAME Graduate Paper Award, for his paper "Hydrodynamic Performance of a Compound Cylinder Extracting Ocean Wave Energy", which he presented at this year's Past Chairman's NorCal SNAME Meeting. Christophe's paper describes research he conducted as a student of Prof. R.W. Yeung's, while working on his Master's.

- Prof. Alaa Mansour of U.C.Berkeley will receive a 50-YEAR GOLDEN MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE recognizing 50 years of SNAME membership.

Oct. 18th, 2012 October Joint Meeting with the Port Engineers Society

Cal-SNAME members attended the joint meeting with the Port Engineers Society during October. The meeting featured a presentation by Joel Welter of Bay Ship & Yacht Co., and past chair of the NorCal SNAME section. Mr. Welter will discussed the Lengthening by 35' of the super-yacht SuRi.  The meeting was held at the WaterFront Hotel, in Oakland's Jack London Square, on October 18.

Sept. 11th, 2012 SNAME/ASNE September Meeting - Orcale Tour

               Cal-SNAME representatives at the September joint meeting of SNAME/ASNE.  We were fortunate to have a tour of the Oracle Team's training facility in San Francisco before enjoying dinner.  Our members are looking forward to the following summer at the height of the American Cup Event!

Aug. 21, 2012 Cal-SNAME Officer Election Meeting

It was a packed house at the Cal-SNAME Officer Election meeting held during the first week of our Fall semester.  The Cal-SNAME section boasts a combination of undergraduate and graduate members and continue to increase our exposure on campus. Congratulations to all the newly elected officers!


Jan. 27th, 2012 E201 Field Trip: California Maritime Academy

Submitted by Yichen   Last updated on 2/10/2012 9:39:47 PM
Cal-SNAME and Pi-Tau-Sigma were delighted to have the opportunity to visit California Maritime Academy this year.
We had a tour of the Art Bridge Simulation Center and engineering facilities, which included one of only two 3D bridge ship simulators in the US. During the trip, we have experienced how the simulator trained cadets to prepare for the maritime working environment. In addition, we have visited their large-scale steam plant, diesel simulator, and training ship, the Golden Bear!

Nov. 9th, 2011 JOINT MEETING hosted by SNAME

Submitted by Yichen   Last updated on 5/18/2013 4:58:06 PM

The WindFloat I Project
Presentation by  
Alexia Aubault, 
Senior Naval Architect, Marine Innovation and Technology


    The WindFloat is a floating foundation for a wind turbine, invented by Berkeley-based Marine Innovation and Technology and commercially developed by Principle Power Inc. The first of its kind was just installed in Agoucadoura, off the North coast of Portugal in October 2011. This prototype is equipped with a 2MW wind turbine which will be connected to the Portuguese electrical grid. 
    The design and fabrication of the first WindFloat took 2 years. Building a prototype brings on particular technical and organizational challenges, which will be discussed at the presentation. Companies of very different core business - wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, Portuguese electrical distributor EDP, pressure vessel manufacturer ASM and Portuguese shipyard MPG - were brought together to build the WindFloat. Both design and fabrication phases were reviewed by ABS. 
    A prototype is a bit of a research project - and as such is packed with instrumentation. In the next two  years, WindFloat I will be closely monitored. In the meantime, people are already thinking about the next phase and how to best mass produce WindFloats... 

Sep.17th, 2011 Berkeley Marina Shoreline Cleanup

Submitted by Yichen   Last updated on 5/18/2013 5:18:51 PM

Shoreline Cleanup

Annual Shoreline clean-up and adopt a shore resources and related information.

Clean-up- Mouth of Strawberry creek


To learn about other great programs at the Berkeley Marina, Link here to get to the Marina Experience web pages click here

Oct. 19th, 2011 Joint Meeting hosted by NorCal ASNE/SNAME

Hosted at the Speisekammer restaurant in Alameda, this event was all about the future talents of Naval Architecture, Marine, Ocean, and Naval Engineering. Susan Given Nelson from the New Jersey Headquarter gave a presentation on the nationwide SeaPerch Program launched by SNAME a few years ago. SeaPerch has now become the Navy's signature K-12 Outreach program to help find the next generation of Naval Architects, Marine, Ocean, and Naval Engineers, ROV experts, as well as other marine-related careers. To learn more about SeaPerch, please visit