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 2018 Lecture Schedule

Lectures are subject to change.

August 27, 2018Lessons from an International Sailing CareerMr. Steve Benjamin, North Sails
September 10, 2018NSWC – Carderock
September 24, 2018Manna Fish Farms & Ocean FoundationMs. Donna Lanzetta
October 1, 2018Starting Something NewMr. Carl Persak
October 15, 2018Major American Foreign Policy Challenges 2018-2019Dr. Mark Meirowitz
October 16, 2018Future of the Maritime LectureDr. Bas Buchner, President, MARIN
October 22, 2018Developments in the Offshore IndustryMr. Edward Stokes
October 29, 2018TBDTBD
November 5, 2018Thoughts on Ship DesignMr. Robert Keene, Ship Design USA
November 26, 2018TBDTBD
December 3, 2018Natural Gas Fueled EnginesMr. John F. Hately, Wartsilla NA

Recent Lectures

Gary Vogel 

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

Gary Vogel - Eagle Bulk

James (Jim) Gaughan

American Bureau Shipping (ABS)

“Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier Containment Systems’

James Gaughan

John (Jay) Edgar ’87

Naval Architect, Engineering Leader

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

John (Jay) Edgar ’87

Dr. Bob Brier

Researcher, Egyptologist

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


Greg Diggs ’91


“Naval Acquisition Careers”

Greg Diggs ’91

Paul Vragel ’72


“Using Systems Engineering to Achieve Transformational Business Results”

Paul Vragel ’72

Josh McMinn ’09

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

“Life of a Surveyor”

Josh McMinn ’09

Kevin Pearce ’90

Siemen’s Energy Management 

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

Kevin Pearce ’90

Dr. James C. Kinsey

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

“Ocean Robotics : Engineering Innovations Advancing Scientific Observation”

Dr. James C. Kinsey

Paulo Almeida ’95

Tufton Oceanic Limited

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

Paulo Almeida ’95

Michael Martin

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Webb Institute

“Shipboard Energy Management”

Michael Martin