Richard A. Royce

Webb Institute Professor Rick Royce

Professor of Naval Architecture


  • Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, UMich 2001
  • M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, UMich 1999
  • M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, UMich 1998
  • B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Umich 1993, (Summa cum Laude)
  • B.S.I.M. in Industrial Management, minor in Industrial Engineering, Purdue 1986

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  • Director of Research, 2014 – Present
  • James J. Henry Professor of Naval Architecture 2011 – Present
  • Director, Robinson Model Basin, 2004 – Present
  • Director, Carpenter Shop, 2004 – Present

Ph.D. Committee, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2008

Principle Investigator, Navatek Consortium (ONR), 2013 – present

  • Collaborated with researchers from Navatek and U of Mich. on transom flow elevations
  • Conducted partially ventilated transom flow experiments in Robinson Model Basin
  • Developed parametric equations of ventilation factor vs transom Froude number
  • Developed wave-probes for unsteady transom flow experiments

Principle Investigator, Atlantic Center for Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ONR), 2004 – 2017

  • Collaborated with George Mason University on trimaran side-hull optimization
  • Developed an Artificial Neural Network predictive model for trimaran resistance
  • Directed student thesis projects on trimaran and planing hull resistance
  • Managed student research related to population of Stevens Institute planing hull database
  • Developed neural network model for planing hull resistance

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Visiting Researcher, University College London, 2009 (two-month appointment)

  • Lectured on bulbous bow design for motor yachts
  • Lectured on towing tank methodologies
  • Conducted research on trimaran side-hull side-force

Design/Contract Engineer, Autograph Boat Works, LLC: 2011 – present                             

  • Design 30’ high-performance sailboat
  • Calculate design loads for rig
  • Oversee structures contract

Design/Contract Engineer, Murray & Associates, LLC – M/V Northstar: 2015 – 2016                                             

  • Developed NURBS surface of yacht Northstar
  • Designed bulbous bow for 92’ yacht
  • Performed CFD analysis (AEGIR)

Design/Contract Engineer, Alliance Marine Holdings: 2014 – 2015                                                           

  • Developed NURBS surface of 65’ Euro-commuter
  • Predicted resistance vs speed

Hydrodynamic Specialist, Navatek, Ltd: 2014                                                                                      

  • Performed software validation studies – AEGIR
  • Provided ANN instruction for MetaViz development
  • Performed design evaluation of Sea Blade 35

Design/Contract Engineer, Richmond Yachts: 2008 – 2011                                                             

  • Analyzed existing hull form
  • Developed NURBS surface of yacht Status Quo
  • Designed bulbous bow for 150’ yacht
  • Designed propeller tunnel for 150’ yacht
  • Designed 40’ runabout

Design/Contract Engineer, Express Marine, INC.: 2007- 2008

  • Designed bulbous bow for 95’ yacht Magic Time
  • Prepared construction drawings for bulb add-on

Design/Contract Engineer, Christensen Shipyards, LTD: 2003- 2008                                             

  • Designed hull lines for Christensen Shipyards, LTD. 255’ 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.

Contract Engineer, Vorus and Associates, Inc.: 1997-1999  

  • 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 collaboration with Nucon Corp.
  • Consulted on analysis of the grounding of an Integrated Tug-Barge in San Juan Harbor

Graduate Student Research Assistant, UMich: NAME, 1993-1999      

  • 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

Research Assistant, Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center: 1996-1997                               

  • Prepared and reviewed concept proposals, research concept proposals, and RFP’s
  • Performed full scale planing experiments on 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
  • Developed overhead and fringe benefit cost rates
  • Resistance and Propulsion – Fall 2011 – present
  • Propeller Design – Spring 2012 – present
  • Sailing Yacht Design Elective – Spring 2008
  • Composites Senior Elective – Spring 2007, 2014
  • Ship Static Stability –Fall 2002-present
  • Fluid Mechanics –Spring 2002-present
  • Physics II (waves, light and sound) – Spring 2002-03
  • Ship Vibrations – Fall 2001-10
  • Hydrodynamics – Spring 2004-10

Royce, R. A., Doherty, P. J. “Transom flow elevations for varying displacements” FAST 2017, Nantes, France, September 2017

Onas, A. S., Royce, R. A., Heshiki, Z., Piro, D. and Doherty, P. J. “Unsteady Behavior of Partially-Ventilated Transom Flows in Waves” SNAME Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA, November 2016.

Royce, R. A., Doherty, P. J. “Evaluation of an artificial neural network resistance model for trimarans” 5th Chesapeake Power Boat Symposium, Annapolis, MD, June 2016.

Royce, R. A., Doherty, P. J. “Transom flow elevations in the partially ventilated condition” FAST 2015, Washington, D.C., September 2015.

Huang, F., Wang, L., Yang, C., and Royce, R. “Hull form optimization of a TriSWACH for reduced drag” FAST 2015, Washington, D.C., September 2015.

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., Bucknall, R., and Greig, A., “Facility comparison on model calm water resistance characteristics of a trimaran.” 29th American Towing Tank Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, August 2010

Qi, J., Datla, R., Royce, R.A., Waters, J., and Bucknall, R., “Experimental study for the optimization of side-hull location for resistance of a trimaran.” SNAME New York Metropolitan Section Meeting, New York, 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

  • Growing Your Research Enterprise, Academic Impressions, June 2019
  • FARO SCENE Software Training, March 2016
  • IBEX  September 2013
  • Star CCM+ training, May, 2013
  • LabView Training, February, 2012
  • Fluent Training, February 2008
  • Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut
  • Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner, Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • SNAME Undergraduate Paper Prize 1994
  • SNAME Graduate Paper Prize 1994
  • SNAME – Fellow 1991 – present
  • ASME – Associate Member 2008 – Present
  • Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound – PHRF committee member and past chair