President-Elect of Webb Institute
About R. Keith Michel
Mr. Michel has had a distinguished career in the marine industry. He has worked for the Herbert Engineering Company (HEC), a preeminent naval architecture firm, for 38 years, and has helped it grow from a three-man firm to the internationally recognized company it is today. Mr. Michel is currently the Chairman of the Board of HEC’s group of companies, having previously served as President and CEO. His technical expertise includes risk assessment, marine transportation studies, and the design of a wide variety of commercial ship types. Mr. Michel served as the Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s BLG committee tasked with developing regulations concerning the subdivision of tankers, including criteria for the acceptance of alternative designs to double-hull tankers. He is a past Chairman of the Marine Board of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and chaired several other NAS committees. In 2011 Mr. Michel was awarded the W. Selkirk Owen Award for distinguished service by the Alumni Association of Webb Institute. He is a past-president of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and currently chairs the editorial board for SNAME’s flagship magazine (mt). In 2002 he was the recipient of SNAME’s highest award, the David W. Taylor Medal; he is a Fellow and Honorary Member of SNAME, a National Associate of the National Research Council of the NAS, and past Chairman of the Webb Institute Board of Trustees.
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