Other Requirements


 Coverage of the principles of engineering economics including: compound interest, present worth, annual cash flow, rate of return, depreciation, taxes and replacement analysis. One hour per week in the first semester Senior year.


In order to qualify for graduation, each student in the Senior year is required to prepare and submit a written thesis, in or related to the field of Naval Architecture or Marine Engineering under the direction of a member of the faculty.  Senior theses may be individual or team efforts.  In addition to a written thesis, seniors are required to present orally the results of their thesis efforts to the assembled student body, faculty, and administration in the late spring of their senior year.  A completed student thesis document will be catalogued and shelved in the Livingston Library.


The Senior Seminar, conducted during the final semester, is designed to introduce the Seniors to the human factors, business considerations, management techniques and analytical concepts which they may expect to encounter after graduation. Seminar leaders are drawn from the Webb staff and from business and industry. Subjects range from labor-management relations to systems engineering. Content will vary from year to year dependent both on student interests and on developments in the area covered.


This three-credit course represents one of the comparatively few cases for an elective at Webb.  The course can be technical or non-technical in content.  More than one special topic can be offered during a given year.  This course provides an opportunity for Webb to engage distinguished visiting faculty to share their particular expertise with interested students (and faculty).  It can provide a way to either sharpen the focus of a student's program or it can expand the scope of his/her undergraduate experience.  Three class hours per week in the final semester of the Webb academic program.


The practical work period between the first and second semesters of each of the four years is an integral part of the academic program. These periods of eight weeks duration give the student the opportunity to see the practical side of classroom studies, to see and handle the hardware of the profession; to apply the theory learned in class; to learn how to work and cooperate with others; and to develop a practical viewpoint which will assist in development and design later on.

The Institute will assist in securing positions with advice to the students and the establishment of liaison with various companies. The sequence usually consists of working as a helper mechanic in a shipyard the first year; as a cadet/observer in the engine room of a ship the second year; and in a design office as a draftsman or junior engineer the third and fourth years. The students are paid at the going rate of their jobs, sufficient to support themselves while away from school. Rooms can usually be located through the company employment departments.

Each student is required to present a technical report on the practical work undertaken during each of the four winter intersessional periods. The immediate supervisor is also invited to comment on the student's performance.  Additionally, a Sophomore Sea Term Project is required following the work term spent aboard ship.   


Visits of inspection are made by individual classes to nearby shipbuilding, dry docking and repair yards, other engineering plants and to vessels in the vicinity. These visits are arranged through the courtesy of the managing officials of the companies.

In order to develop their powers of observation and to improve their ability to write technical reports, the students are required to submit brief reports of their observations immediately after each visit.


All students become student members of the two premier national professional societies for naval architects and marine engineers-The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)* and The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE).  A joint SNAME/ASNE student section provides Webb students with easy contact with the New York Metropolitan Section of SNAME and with the twenty-four other student sections in North America.

Webb students are frequent attendees at the monthly technical meetings (and dinners) of the "parent" New York Metropolitan Section of SNAME.  All Webb seniors attend the SNAME annual conference and exposition-The Society Maritime Technology Conference and Exposition (SMTC & E)-wherever it is held-all expenses paid.  The junior class attends the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) annually.  Other specialized symposia-like SNAME's Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium and Classic Yacht Symposium are usually well-attended by Webb students.


*Of which William H. Webb was a founder in 1893