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The Quarterdeck Honorary Society at the University of Michigan

The Quarterdeck Honorary Society at the University of Michigan is an organization dedicated to providing service to the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NA&ME) Department at UMich as well as to the field of naval architecture and marine engineering in general. Quarterdeck is a division of the UMich Student Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). We hold both professional and social events throughout the school year to provide networking and career opportunities, learn from and teach others about the marine field, and build a sense of community in the NA&ME department.


If you have questions about Quarterdeck and/or the University of Michigan Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering department, please email us at quarterdeck@umich.edu.

Upcoming Dates:

SNAME 2017 Maritime Convention, October 23-28, Houston, TX 

Quarterdeck Cider Mill Trip, October 22



Recent News

10/20/17- The Quarterdeck Society is officially announcing our NEW Instagram page!  Please go and follow "@umichquarterdeck" for more updates and photos. Here is the link: https://www.instagram.com/umichquarterdeck/?hl=en

Department Spring Banquet

This year's spring banquet was another big success. Our 2017 honorary commodore is Steven Byle. Many alumni and students came to the Michigan League for a night of socializing and honoring their peers. Many left with a paper plate award (or two!) in hand. 

Whirlyball Social Event

There was no event as anticipated this semester as the trip to Whirlyball of Ann Arbor! The true competitiveness of Quarterdeck members was on display during the match-ups. Everyone enjoyed pizza and some healthy competition!

2018 SNAME Section Meeting

16 members of Quarterdeck drove down to Cleveland for the annual meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Great Lakes Great Rivers Section meeting. It was a great opportunity to meet other students as well as professionals already working in the maritime industry. Members also enjoyed learning about the new autonomous technology being introduced to the field at the technical presentations. 

After the technical presentations

Quarterdeck Goes Ice Skating 

Members enjoyed a few hours of open skate at Yost Ice Arena. There was a wide range of skaters, from newbies to very experienced, but everyone who came out had a great time!

The happy skaters

Quarterdeck Board, 2018 edition: We are quite excited to present to you the newest leading members of Quarterdeck! They will be running the show starting January 1, 2018, until the end of the calendar year.

Commodore: Katerina Polemis
Vice-Commodore: Ian Ferguson
Rear-Commodore: Candace Wiwel
Treasurer: Maggie Stagner
Program Chair: Jim Abrams
Steward: Aaron Parsons
Service Chair: Lexie Wisniarek
Social Chair: Rachel Bielski


Looking for older events? Check out the Events page (or the Archived Events page for even older things)! Looking for older (general) news? Check out the Archived News page!



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Perfect day on the water

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For more information regarding the University of Michigan Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, please explore the link below! Go Blue!

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