2016 Events

2016 Events

SNAME Maritime Convention (11/13/16)
Just over a week ago, Quarterdeck was able to take 15 students to the 2016 Annual SNAME Maritime Convention in Bellevue, WA. These students, as well as several other Michigan students, attended technical presentations, built their professional networks, competed in a student design competition, and more. Some notable outcomes for our students include the following:

  • James Coller was elected Vice Chair of the Student Steering Committee, which oversees and supports students and their university sections in SNAME.
  • Taylor AllenAndrew EarhartRobert Emmitt, and Mark Parra-Shostrand, under faculty advisor Matthew Collette, took 3rd place in this year's Dr. James A. Lisnyk Ship Design Competition for their ice-hardened medium-sized combatant design proposal.
  • Macheng Shen won the John V. Wehausen Scholarship, and Teri LaForest won the SNAME Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • Our Quarterdeck website, managed by Teri LaForest, took 1st place in the SNAME Microsite Design Competition and won $500.
  • Darrell Hall and Quincy Lowman were on the winning team for this year's student design competition, which involved vessel speed and damage stability components, and they earned cash prizes and steins.
  • Teri LaForest won a SNAME firepit from Metal Shark in a raffle.




In addition to outstanding student success, several Michigan alumni attended the conference, including one who earned a medal:

  • William Hurley, Jr. won the Vice Admiral Emory S. "Jerry" Land Medal, a prestigious award for a person with outstanding accomplishment in the marine field; currently Mr. Hurley is the Chairman of Glosten.
  • Joseph Comer, III served as SNAME's President starting in 2015 and will be wrapping up his term at the end of the year.
  • NA&ME Department Professor Matthew Collette gave a technical presentation about his research regarding the H.L. Hunley, the first successful submarine in history, and sank the USS Housatonic but was lost due to unknown causes.

THANK YOU to all of the individuals and companies who generously donated to Quarterdeck. You are directly supporting the growth and careers of the students in our NA&ME department. Also, shout out to our Quarterdeck officers, especially Commodore Jess Reid, for organizing a successful trip.

USS Detroit Ship Tour (10/21/16):
Thanks to Ben Capuco and Gibbs & Cox, UMich NA&ME students were welcomed on board the USS Detroit for a ship tour before her commissioning. They were able to walk through the littoral combat ship (LCS), learn about its features and systems, and ask questions of those operating and working aboard the ship. We are very thankful for this great opportunity!

Tech Day (10/2/16):
Each year, the University of Michigan College of Engineering hosts Tech Day. Prospective college students and their families are invited to explore engineering fields, engineering at Michigan, and other opportunities. The Naval Architecture Department hosted a competition for students to design a boat made of aluminum foil and other materials to hold the highest number of pennies.


Following this fun event, Quarterdeck members talked with the prospective students at a majors fair about the Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering Department, what classes are like, career opportunities, and more.  

Quarterdeck Goes Kayaking (9/11/16):
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, we took to the water for some paddling on the Huron River for our first social event of the semester! Quarterdeck members, old and new, came out for the event to enjoy the summery, fresh air before classes really kick in. One might even say we row, row, rowed our boats gently down the stream...


Share Your Story (5/3/16):
We would like to hear about your experience, pro tips, and words of wisdom regarding careers (internships, full-time positions, etc.) and share them on our website and Facebook page! This is a great way to showcase the work you have accomplished and also provide a resource to NA&ME students so they can find career advice, develop solid goals and expectations, and see what people similar to them are capable of. Whether you have a NA&ME-related experience to share or not, we want to hear what you're up to! (Plus, you'll get a Quarterdeck point for sharing a story.) Please note, your tips and stories are for Quarterdeck use only.

Share your career stories and advice in this survey: http://goo.gl/forms/VRvAYJSscb

Department Polos (3/20/16):
Interested in a NA&ME department polo with the classic Michigan block M on it? Now's your chance! Email us at NAME-merchandise@umich.edu by Friday, 3/25, if you'd like prices and details or want to order one.

Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium (3/18/16):
A group of UMich NA&ME students in attendance at the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium 2016 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland.

Plimsoll Pint Glasses (3/10/16):
Now on sale are etched pint glasses! The front has the University of Michigan NA&ME logo, and the back has a plimsoll mark. If interested in purchasing one, or to inquire about prices, please contact an officer or email NAME-merchandise@umich.edu
A special deal is available to those interested in purchasing a set of four. Photos are below (but we hope to have better photos for you soon).


Spring Break Shipyard Visits (3/5/16):
Students from the department had the opportunity to tour several shipyards and naval architecture firms over spring break including Ingalls Shipbuilding, Austal USA, VT Halter, and Ship Architects. We would like to extend a huge thanks to Ingalls VP and department alum Mr. Rick Spaulding for making this trip possible!


Detroit Boat Show (2/20/16):
What better way for naval architect and marine engineering students to bond than to wander through hundreds of boats at the Detroit Boat Show in the Cobo Center? The group got to go aboard numerous boats ranging from fishing boats to pontoons to yachts, and they also saw numerous engines and propellers.

DAPCEP (2/20/16): 
DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) kicked off today. This program gives students the opportunity to explore the field of naval architecture and marine engineering and learn from and connect with current UMich NA&ME students. In the first lesson, topics including center of gravity and buoyancy were covered.

Ice Skating Night (2/18/16):
For a fun break in the midst of a busy semester, Quarterdeck took to the ice at Yost Ice Arena to skate the night away.

SNAME Great Lakes & Great Rivers Section Meeting (2/10/16 - 2/11/16):
Quarterdeck attended the Section Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. We were able to network with marine industry professions and listen to presentations given by Nicholas Confuorto of CR Ocean Engineering, Christian Sens of Bluefin Global, and Ed Rigsbee, CAE, CSP. They spoke about "Heavy Fuel treatment system technology and design" and Scrubber design for ECA compliance," and ran a "Membership ROI [Return on Investment] Evaluation Workshop," respectively.

Mentorship Program - Restaurant Night (2/12/16):
Our Mentorship program had its first event at Buffalo Wild Wings. This gave mentor-mentee pairs the opportunity to meet each other, some for the first time, over wings in a relaxed setting. If you are still interested in joining, fear not, as it's never to late to join the program! Please contact James Coller (jcoller@umich.edu) for more information.

New Logo (1/15/16):
The 2016 Officer Board, with Jim Spain leading the design work, is pleased to announce that we have a new logo for Quarterdeck! Expect to see the logo making appearances on our website and new merchandise orders!