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The William H. Webb Medal


Outstanding Contributions to Education in Naval Architecture, Marine or Ocean Engineering


Veitch          Prof. Brian Veitch  |  Memorial University 

Dr. Brian Veitch has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students of engineering since he joined Memorial University in 1998. He has taught many undergraduate courses in the Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering program, including the program’s capstone design course. He has also been a dedicated supervisor of graduate students, having supervised about 70 Master’s and PhD students over the last twenty years. Brian has served as the Chair of the Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering Department at Memorial University, and currently holds the NSERC / Husky Energy Industrial Research Chair in Safety at Sea.  Brian is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


  • About The William H. Webb Medal
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About The William H. Webb Medal

The William H. Webb Medal is for "Outstanding Contributions to Education in Naval Architecture, Marine or Ocean Engineering".

It was established in 1987 in honor of William H. Webb. 

Born into a shipbuilding family, William H. Webb was a highly successful shipbuilder, shipowner and educator whose contributions to the marine profession and commitment to the education of naval architects, marine engineers, and shipbuilders took shape in “Webb’s Academy and Home for Shipbuilders”, now known as Webb Institute. 

The award title is "The William H. Webb Medal”. The medal will be made of gold-plated bronze, approximately 2 1/2 inches (6.25 cm) in diameter, the obverse side showing a profile of William H. Webb and the reverse side carrying an inscription of the award. Eligibility for the medal need not be limited to membership in SNAME. The proposal for award may be made by a member of SNAME in good standing.

The selection of the nominee for the medal shall be made by the Awards Committee of SNAME. The nomination by the Committee and final award by the Council will require a two-thirds vote of the Committee. Notification of the award will be made prior to the SNAME Maritime Convention (formerly the Annual Meeting) and the medal will be presented with suitable ceremonies at the SNAME Maritime Convention or at such time as the President of SNAME may arrange. The medal may be awarded biennially in odd years.