Faculty Profile

 rick neilson


Richard P. Neilson

Dean and Professor

M.S. Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1983

B.S. Naval  Architecture and Marine Engineering, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, 1970

Appointments at Webb: 
Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture, 2011 - 2015
Professor of Naval Architecture, 1980 - 1987
Associate Professor of Naval Architecture, 1979 - 1980

Other Academic Experience:  
Academic Instructor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, 1974 - 1975
Non-academic Experience:
American Bureau of Shipping, 1996 - 2010:
- Vice President Joint Software Development Project, 2008 - 2010; 
client interface and cultivation, presentations on company products/capabilities, management of multiple European engineering offices, product development, manage development of joint software for two international companies.
- Vice President Corporate Marine Technology, 2005 - 2010
- Vice President Corporate SafeShip Project,  2001 - 2007
- Vice President Engineering ABS Europe, 1998 - 2001
- Director of Technology and Business Development ABS Americas, 1996 - 1998

Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, 1987 - 1996:
- Engineering Manager of Research and Development,
- Engineering Manager of Commercial Ship Design and Ship Repair Engineering, led the research and development of surface ship concepts and technologies, led the design of the first U.S. designed and built large commercial vessel sold to a foreign ship owner in over 20 years, led the design effort on a major Sealift conversion project.

U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, 1981 - 1985:
- Education Officer for Reserve Group Shinnecock,
- Commanding Officer Reserve Unit Montauk, 1981 - 1984
- Staff Officer Third Coast Guard District; Coordinated training for Reserve Group Shinnecock personnel, augmented regular station Personnel at Station Montauk including managing boat crews, wrote Third District Contingency plans.

Naval Architect/Structural Engineering Supervisor, Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., 1975 – 1979
Ensign/LTJG Naval Architect, United States Coast Guard Headquarters, 1970 – 1974
Courses Taught:
Introduction to Naval Architecture (NA I), Ship Design I, 2011 - 2015.
Introduction to Shipbuilding, Practical Naval Architecture, Theoretical Naval Architecture, Ship Resistance and Propulsion, Ship Design, 1979 – 1987
Professional Development Activities:
Attendance at and participation in various technical conferences including the Offshore Technology Conference, SNAME annual meeting, AITU conference
Honors and Professional Recognition:
United States Coast Guard Achievement Medal, 1984
Chaffee Memorial Prize, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, 1970 
Professional Memberships:
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)
Additional Duties Beyond Teaching, 1979 – 1987, 2011 – Present
Dean, 2011 - Present
Senior Thesis Advisor, 1980 - 1987, 2011 - Present
Chairman, Industry Advisory Group (IAG), 2011 - Present
Ex-officio Member of Board of Trustees, 2011 - Present
Vice Chairman Planning Committee, 2011 - Present
Member  Education Committee, 2011 - Present
Service Beyond Webb Institute:
Various volunteer activities at Webb Institute 
SNAME student papers committee
SNAME Education Award committee
Youth soccer coach, 1983 - 1990
Vestry member Grace Episcopal Church, 1977 - 1979