Monday Lecture Series
The fall semester Monday Lecture Series consisted of the general lectures that were delivered to the whole student body, as well as specialized lectures that were delivered to each class. This arrangement allowed us to cover a wide range of topics and include presentations geared to the needs of each particular class.
The freshman class had discussions about ethical action and the Honor Code; religious and spiritual opportunities, handling stress, engineering graphics; and scholarship opportunities, including SMART and NUPOC. The sophomores had STCW training and lectures on Sea Term preparation. The junior’s ‘lectures were related to ship regulations, Winter Work job searches, ship design, and professional societies.
The seniors discussed had lectures devoted to the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, graduate school scholarships, job interviewing, and SNAME meeting preparations.
The general lectures included Alana Smentek-Duerr’s ‘08 presentation titled: “Offshore Wind Energy,” as well as Dr. Mark Meirowitz’s presentation “America’s Foreign Policy in the Ever-Perplexing Middle East (Syria, Egypt, Israel, Iran, and more),” and John Costello’s ‘89 talk about intellectual property laws. Mark Henry’s ‘62 lecture “Early Stage Submarine Design” was of great interest to future submarine designers.
Upcoming lectures for this fall semester that we are looking forward to are Dr. James J. Valentini’s “The Importance of the Humanities to an Engineering Education” and Webb Alumnus, Scott Graham’s ‘83 presentation on “New Zealand’s Americas Cup Technical Challenge.”
We are very thankful to our speakers and to those who send us recommendations about interesting speakers and subjects. If you have any suggestions, please contact our Monday lecture coordinator, Dean Rick Neilson at email@example.com.
All of our recorded lectures are stored on our Vimeo channel.
Please take a look at our recoded lectures from previous semesters:
- Professor Emeritus Jacques Hadler provided a brief history of the development of catamarans
- Richard Goldbach's lecture about his career in U.S. shipyards: Fifty-Seven Years in U.S. Shipyards (video)
- Carl Persak's Monday lecture about engineering super yachts (video)
- Tom Whidden's lecture entitled: "A Career in the Yacht Business” (video)
- Dr. Stephen Payne spoke on the sinking of the Revisited TITANIC and The Genesis of a Queen: Queen Mary 2 (videos)
- Joshua Smith's Lecture, "Mapping the Maritime Past: Toward a Graphic Imaging of History " (video)
- Mr. Peter Wallace discussed Commercial Shipping and Systems (video)
- Chris Allard '04 - Metal Shark Boats: A Case Study in Entrepreneurship and the Business of Naval Architecture