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The William H. Webb Medal


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


Chengi Kuo          Chengi Kuo  |  University of Strathclyde


Chengi Kuo is a naval architecture graduate.  Born in China and raised in the UK, he gained his BSc and PhD from Glasgow University. He first worked to computerize ship design with the shipyards on the Clyde.  Further experience was gained working in the U.S., before joining Strathclyde University to lead postgraduate teaching and research.  He has been driven by the motivation to educate students to develop in them a balance of competence, confidence and communication skills to a high professional standard. Students under his supervision research problems with practical industry relevance, starting with fundamental considerations before advancing into active interactions and collaborative explorations.   His research areas of speciality included: ship vibration, computer application to ship technology, ship stability, surface support by ships for subsea operations in the offshore oil and gas industry.  Additional practical experience has been gained via involving work on support ships in the North Sea, improving safety methodology and management and offshore decommissioning activities. His extensive international contacts led to performing joint programmes, conducting safety management workshops worldwide and acting as a consultant to over 30 maritime projects. He is the author of 6 books and over 160 publications.


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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.