I am an international student from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago and received my bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace and Ocean engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016. I subsequently worked as a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer primarily serving the Gulf of Mexico offshore energy sector and the Great Lakes bulk-carrier sector, before starting my graduate studies in 2020. Presently, I’m a 2nd year M.A.Sc. student conducting research in the Computational Multiphysics Lab at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Rajeev Jaiman. My research is focused on the development of efficient and scalable coupling algorithms for the high-fidelity simulation of fluid-structure-acoustic phenomenon with the goal of reducing underwater noise-pollution generated by ship-traffic. This work is part of the intelligent and green marine vessels (IGMVs) project here at UBC.
I believe that I am the correct candidate for this role mainly because of my extensive history with SNAME. I have been intimately involved with the society for almost a decade now, holding executive roles in the student, young-professional, and regional chapters. I have been an active member in the Chesapeake, Gulf, Great Lakes, and the Pacific Northwest chapters and have attended numerous SNAME sponsored or industry affiliated conferences (WMTC, SMC, OTC, Workboat Show, etc.). I am also an active contributor to several T&R panels within SNAME (HS-4, SD-5, M-16) and was the recipient of a graduate student scholarship (Chester L. Long Scholarship) from the society in 2020. Lastly, I possess a unique combination of experiences that allows me to empathize with the full spectrum of the community we are now called to serve. Namely, I got my undergraduate degree at a US institution, I worked as a NA&ME both inside and outside of the US, and I am now pursuing my Graduate degree at a non-US institution. This combination of relevant experiences and my shared affiliation with a breadth of our student population, I believe, sets my candidacy apart.