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The William M. Kennedy Award


Outstanding Service and Contribution in the Development of Systems and Planning Applying to Shipbuilding and Ship Repair

Spaulding          William B. Hale | General Dynamics NASSCO (Ret.)


Bill Hale recently retired as VP Engineering at General Dynamics NASSCO – the largest new construction and repair shipyard on the USA’s west coast. In this role he was responsible for all Engineering, Design, and Production Liaison activities at NASSCO. 

Bill began his career at NASSCO in 1980 as a Naval Architect in the Engineering Department, and in his 40 years with the company, Bill performed roles with significant responsibility across numerous departments including Engineering, Design, Production, Business Development, Contracts and Program Management. During his tenure with NASSCO, the shipyard designed, built and delivered 83 ships across 24 ship classes, including crude and product tankers and containerships for commercial customers; and supply, support and logistics ships for the US Navy. 

Prior to joining NASSCO, Bill worked as a staff Naval Architect with Rohr Marine in Chula Vista, CA, working on the detail design of the US Navy’s 3KSES Surface Effect Frigate program.  

Bill has served in multiple roles with SNAME, is a former Section Chair and RVP, and currently chairs the Fellows and Nominating Committees.

Bill graduated from Webb Institute in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  He also earned his MBA from San Diego State University in 1992.

Bill and his wife Barbara Lamb split their time between San Diego, CA and Sag Harbor, NY. 


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About The William M. Kennedy Award

The William M. Kennedy Award is for "Outstanding Service and Contribution in the Development of Systems and Planning Applying to Shipbuilding and Ship Repair". 

It was established by the Executive Committee in 1980 in accordance with the terms of the will of its namesake, William M. Kennedy.

The title will be "The William M. Kennedy Award." The award consists of a certificate suitably framed plus one thousand dollars. Eligibility for the award need not be limited to membership in SNAME. The proposal for this award may be made by a member of SNAME in good standing. The selection of the nominee for the award shall be made by the Awards Committee of SNAME. Announcement and presentation of the award will be made at the Ship Production Symposium or at such time as the President of SNAME may arrange. The award may be made annually.