About Our Commencement Speaker

Dr. Stephen M. Payne

Stephen M. Payne’s achievements and impact on the marine industry are far reaching, potent examples of his commitment towards ensuring that our industry stays strong today and well into the future. While his numerous engineering achievements are world famous, most notably the design and project management of the construction of the Queen Mary 2, his devotion to the future of our industry is legendary. He has been a pioneer in professional affiliations, providing the personal commitment, persistence, and perseverance necessary to sustain our marine profession.

Mr. Payne began his involvement with Carnival Corporation in January 1985 and quickly rose through the ranks. In 1997, he was Project Manager for the design and construction of Holland America Line’s new flagship Rotterdam (VI) and subsequently held more challenging positions. In 2004, he was named Vice President and Chief Naval Architect of Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding, a position he held until leaving earlier this year. Subsequent to that Mr. Payne formed the consultancy, PFJ-Maritime Consulting Ltd where he and other maritime industry experts consult to the various shipping companies.

Mr. Payne’s dedication goes well beyond the work of more typical marine industry professionals. His work with the youth and his influence in leading them towards a career in engineering truly is unparalleled. He continues to be a leader in building the effective recruitment and development of future engineers through the organization he co-founded, Future Engineers. Future Engineers is an international organization aimed at high school students to provide a positive image of engineering, engaging them in hands-on activities which will inspire them into choosing a career in one of the many engineering disciplines. It is anticipated that by 2012, 10,000 worldwide students will have attended their events.

Mr. Payne, a 1984 graduate BSc. (Hons) Ship Science from the University of Southampton has been recognized by his peers for his countless achievements. They include: being awarded the OBE (Office of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) received from Her Majesty the Queen, 2004; receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Southampton in 2007; serving as President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) from July 2007 until July 2010; being named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; and receiving the Royal Academy of Engineering Special Achievement Award. Most recently, Stephen was elected a Member of the Board of Trustees of Webb Institute.