Monday Lectures

In addition to the formal courses, all students attend the Monday Lecture Series,  these lectures are given by speakers on a wide variety of topics-some technical, but many on quality of life, historical, or current events topics. The Monday lecture series is designed to expand Webb students’ education in both technical and non-technical subject areas. View our current lecture schedule and watch past lectures below. All videos are available on the Webb Institute Vimeo Channel.

Also, once or twice a year, a formal, evening lecture of the Zeien Lectures Series is presented.

If you have a suggestion for a Monday lecture or would like to present one, please contact Dean Matthew Werner at

Fall 2017 Lecture Schedule

Lectures are subject to change.

October 2, 2017Cruise Ship NewbuildingMr. Bret Vitols/Mr. Niko Martecchini, Carnival Cruise Lines
October 23, 2017Yacht Stabilizer TechnologyMr. Chris Becker, Seakeeper Inc.
October 30, 2017Is the World Order in Disarray? Reflections on Contemporary Global PoliticsDr. Mark Meirowitz, SUNY Maritime
November 6, 2017Portsmouth Naval ShipyardMr. Michael C. O’Neil, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
November 13, 2017CNC Machining of PropellersMr. Bodo Gospodnetic, Dominis Engineering
December 4, 2017Marine Coatings and Ship PerformanceMr. Johnny Eliasson, Cheveron

Recent Lectures

John (Jay) Edgar ’87

Naval Architect, Engineering Leader

“Building SBX: Development of the Sea-based Radar SBX-1”

Dr. Bob Brier

Researcher, Egyptologist

“Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt”


Greg Diggs ’91


“Naval Acquisition Careers”

Paul Vragel ’72


“Using Systems Engineering to Achieve Transformational Business Results”

Josh McMinn ’09

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

“Life of a Surveyor”


Kevin Pearce ’90

Siemen’s Energy Management 

“U.S. Offshore Win Energy Development and Construction”


Dr. James C. Kinsey

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

“Ocean Robotics : Engineering Innovations Advancing Scientific Observation”


Paulo Almeida ’95

Tufton Oceanic Limited

“Why Webbies can make good Managers / Bankers / Investment Managers”


Michael Martin

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Webb Institute

“Shipboard Energy Management”

Michael Martin

Dr. Paul Bentel

Partner, Bentel & Bentel

“Architectural Preservation”


Dawn Reilly

Sailor, Oakcliff Sailing

“America’s Cup”

dawn riley

Mark Meirowitz

Professor, Webb Institute & SUNY Maritime

“Adventures in Constitutional Law: Separation of Church and State”

Meirowitz profile