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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

Quarterdeck goes Kayaking- 
As our first social event of the Fall 2017 semester, Quarterdeck took to the Huron river for a fun day of kayaking. The weather was abnormally hot for September and absolutely gorgeous! It was a beautiful trip and all members who attended had a wonderful time! 

Introducing our newest merchandise item, as of April 2017, our NAME Quarterzip! Some sizes are still available, though a new order will be placed this fall. 


Great Lakes & Great Rivers Section Meeting (2/15/17-2/16/17), Cleveland, OH - Quarterdeck headed to Cleveland, Ohio and partook in the 2017 Winter GLGR Section Meeting. This meeting's technical presentations included:

Lake Carriers' Association - presented on ballast water compliance in the Great Lakes. Specifically, they addressed how they are overcoming the technical challenges presented by the new Great Lakes ballast water regulations.

Sean Pribyl - Blank Rome LLP - discussed the uses and opportunities for drones in the maritime industry. Recently, many innovative applications for drone technologies have promised to change marine operations and safety. This presentation reviewed current applications and provided a perspective on the regulatory and risk issues that pose possible implementation obstacles.

United States Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems (CG-NAV) - spoke about Automated Identification Systems (AIS) and new navigation technology regulations.

Quarterdeck Study Break (2/8/17)In the midst of midterm season, Quarterdeck hosted a 'Study Break,' in which we ate snacks and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. Lots of members turned out for this nautical themed relaxation session, and hopefully contributed to their academic success this semester!

Quarterdeck goes Ice Skating (1/28/17)To kick off the New Year, Quarterdeck took to Yost Ice Arena to show that the expression "Work Hard, Play Hard" really can come true. Many members, new and old, took to the ice and all had an incredible time!




Quarterdeck Board, 2017 edition (12/6/16): We are quite excited to present to you the newest leading members of Quarterdeck! They will be running the show starting January 1, 2017, until the end of the calendar year.

Commodore: Ian Ferguson
Vice-Commodore: Quincy Lowman
Rear-Commodore: Katerina Polemis
Treasurer: Mikaela Cesario
Program Chair: Nicola Nomura
Steward: Stein Housner
Service Chair: Lexie Wisniarek
Social Chair: Autumn Szczepanski


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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