The talk describes the journey of naval architecture, from its origins in the Scientific Revolution during the Age of Sail, through the Industrial Age to today.
It is the origin story of the profession of naval architecture, showing how it has been the powerhouse for modern science and engineering for 400 years.
Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro is a naval architect and historian. He is the 2017 Pulitzer finalist for History, for his book Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It He has received numerous awards for his other works, which include Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600–1800 and Bridging the Seas: The Rise of Naval Architecture in the Industrial Age, 1800-2000. He received his BA in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan (1980), his MSc in Naval Architecture from the University College London RCNC program (1986), and his PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Engineering from Imperial College London (2004). He teaches history and engineering at George Mason University in Virginia, Georgetown University in Washington DC and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He has served for over forty years in the US Navy, US Coast Guard and Department of Defense, and was an exchange engineer in the French Navy. He lives with his wife and their sons in Virginia.