2012 W. Selkirk Owen Award Recipient

The Webb Alumni Association awarded their highest honor, the William Selkirk Owen Award, to Mr. Jay P. Carson '73 at the Alumni Banquet in Providence, RI, on October 26.  Jay was introduced by Mr. Rich Celotto '73, and Mr. Fred Harris, President, General Dynamics NASSCO,  who related stories of their times together with Jay.  Among other things, Rich explained why Jay should never loan a car to Rich again, and Mr. Harris mentioned Jay’s many business contributions while at NASSCO.  Jay received the 47th William Selkirk Owen Award. One hundred eleven people attended the Banquet.

Jay is a 1973 Webb graduate who started his career as a marine engineer at Chevron Shipping in San Francisco.  He attended graduate school at MIT and also received an MBA from Boston University.  He then worked as planning supervisor at General Dynamics Quincy in Lexington, MA, before joining Temple, Barker and Sloane as a management consultant.  Jay has also served as a manager and consultant for NASSCO in San Diego, CA, for many years.  He retired from General Dynamics NASSCO as Vice President of Engineering in 2007 and continues to assist in business development and early-stage ship design.  During his career, he has worked in both ship construction and repair for naval and commercial projects, which have taken him to Iran, Saudi Arabia, France, Great Britain, South Africa and South Korea.

For the past three years he has been a member of the Webb Institute Board of Trustee.  As the Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee, he works to preserve Webb’s legacy assets and to expand our understanding of William Webb’s story and accomplishments.  He has actively participated in the Planning Committee, developing white papers for the recent Strategic Planning Meeting held at Webb last May.  Jay was proud to be invited to speak at last school year’s Founder’s Day dinner.  Jay resides in El Cajon, CA.  We are pleased to honor Jay P. Carson for his dedication to the marine profession and to his Alma Mater, Webb Institute.