Faculty Profile


Richard A. Royce

Professor of Naval Architecture

University of Michigan  
Ph.D., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, 2001
M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, 1999
M.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, 1998
B.S.E. (Summa Cum Laude), Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, 1993

Purdue University  
B.S.I.M., Industrial Management, 1986

Appointments at Webb Institute:
Director of Research, 2015 - Present
Professor, James J. Henry Professor of Naval Architecture, 2010 - Present
Associate Professor, 2004 - 2010
Assistant Professor, 2001 - 2004
Director, Robinson Model Basin, 2004 - Present
Director, Carpenter Shop, 2004 - Present

Other Professional Experience:
Director, Robinson Model Basin, Physics Laboratory
- Conducted resistance tests for Seaworthy Systems, Inc. - 2007  
- Conducted resistance tests for Island Pilot, LLC yachts - 2006
- Conducted resistance tests for US Army Corps. Of Engineers – protected water buoy tender - 2006
- Conducted flow visualization study for city of New York Parks and Recreation - 2006
- Conducted resistance tests, seakeeping tests and roll period study for Christensen Shipyards - 2004

Principle Investigator – Atlantic Center for Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships
- Direct student research related to development of an Artificial Neural Network predictive model for trimaran resistance
- Oversight of student thesis project on trimaran resistance
- Direct student research related to population of Stevens Institute planing hull database
- Oversight of student thesis project on planing hull resistance prediction 
- Develop neural network model for planing hull resistance based on neural network

Consulting/Work Experience
Express Marine, INC.: 2007 - Present
Design/Contract Engineer: 
- Designed bulbous bow for 95’ yacht Magic Time
- Prepared construction drawings for bulb add-on

Christensen Shipyards, LTD: 2003 - Present
Design/Contract Engineer: 
- Designed hull lines for Christensen Shipyards, LTD. 203’ yacht
- Designed hull lines for Christensen Shipyards, LTD. 164’ yacht
- Performed free wheeling torque analysis for yacht propeller
- Developed bulbous bow design for Christensen Shipyards, LTD. 157’ yacht. 

Vorus and Associates, Inc.: 1997 - 1999
Contract Engineer: 
- Modified propeller design and analysis and analysis software, FORTRAN and VBA
- Created VBA user interface for calm water planing prediction software
- Performed jet ski impeller experiments in conjunction with Nucon Corp.
- Consulted on analysis of the grounding of an Integrated Tug-Barge in San Juan Harbor 

University of Michigan: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, 1993 - 1999
Graduate Student Research Assistant: 
- Compare theoretical and experimental research on “Shock Reduction of Planing Boats”
- Collaborate with NSWC - CSS, Panama City on drop test experiments for shock reduction concepts
- Develop test matrix and conduct full scale planing experiments for planing hull hydrodynamic pressure study
- Perform cavitation visualization experiments on planing boat propellers 
- Prepare quarterly progress reports for funding agency
- Conducted full scale planing experiments for planing hull hydrodynamic pressure study

Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center: 1996 - 1997
Research Assistant:
- Prepared and reviewed concept proposals, research concept proposals, and RFP's
- Performed full scale planing experiments on new Halter planing hull concept
- Performed literature search and reviewed patent application for LocalFlex shock reduction system

NCR Corporation: Workstation Products Division, 1986 - 1990
Product Manager:
- Established retail prices for personal computer line for US and Europe Sales Groups
- Performed financial analysis of major deals for CEO review (greater than $ 5.0 million) 
- Analyzed competitors pricing structure
Financial Analyst: 
- Developed $30.0 million R&D operating and capital budgets
- Performed root cause analysis of failed manufacturing and design processes
- Developed automated budget entry into financial reporting software

Courses Taught, 2002 to Present:
Physics II
Fluid Mechanics
Naval Architecture II: Ship Statics
Ship Vibrations
Composites (Senior Elective – Spring 2007)

Professional Registration:
Professional Engineer – State of Connecticut 

Important Publications and Presentations, 2002 to Present:

  • Royce, R.A., Mouravieff, A., and Zuzick, A., “Trimaran resistance artificial neural network.” FAST2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 2011.
  • Royce, R.A., Qi, J., Datla, R., Waters, J., Bucknell, R., and Greig, A., “Facility comparison on model calm water resistance chararcteristics of a trimaran.” 29th American Towing Tank Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, August 2010.
  • Royce, R.A., Qi, J., Datla, R., Waters, J., Bucknell, R., and Greig, A., “Experimental study for the optimization of side-hull location for resistance of a trimaran." SNAME New York Metropolitan Section Meeting, New York, February 2010.
  • Royce, R.A., “The effect of draft on bulbous bow performance.” FAST2007, Shanghai, China, September 2007.
  • Royce, R.A., “Student Theses from the Webb Towing Tank.” 28th American Towing Tank Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 2007.
  • Royce, R.A., “Bulbous bow resistance reduction of semi-planing vessels.” FAST2005, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2005.

Professional Development Activities:
Inside 3D Printing Conference 2014
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2013
CD-Adapco Star CCM+ Training 2013
IBEX 2013
IBEX 2006
Professional Boat Builder Symposium 2003

Professional Memberships:
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Additional Duties Beyond Teaching, 2002 to Present:
Director, Robinson Model Basin
Director, Carpenter Shop
Library Committee
Shop and Laboratory Safety Committee
Faculty Search Committee
Laboratory Facilities Committee
Naval Architecture Curriculum Subcommittee
Sailing Coach, 2002 - 2004

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