Monday Lectures

In addition to the formal courses, all students attend the Monday Lecture Series, these lectures are given by speakers on a wide variety of topics-some technical, but many on quality of life, historical, or current events topics. The Monday lecture series is designed to expand Webb students’ education in both technical and non-technical subject areas. View our current lecture schedule and watch past lectures below.

Also, once or twice a year, a formal, evening lecture of the Zeien Lectures Series is presented.

If you have a suggestion for a Monday lecture or would like to present one, please contact Dean Matthew Werner at

Spring 2021 Lecture Schedule

Date Subject Speaker
Mar. 1 Welcome Back President Michel, Dean Werner, Lauren Carballo
Mar. 8 The Character of Truly Liberal Education (VIDEO BELOW) Dr. Shawn Welnak, LIUPost
Mar. 15 A Journey of Hope: The Irish in New York Dr. Tara Rider, Stony Brook University
Mar. 29 Anthropometric Impacts on the Marine Environment Jeffrey Burt
Apr. 5 Integration of CFD Tools in the Hydrodynamic Design and Analysis of Marine Vehicles Dr. Stefano Brizzolara, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech
Apr. 12 The Harlem Hellfighters: Bigotry, Bravery, and Jazz Professor Richard Harris
Apr. 19  Biomimetic Engineering: Marine Technology from Whales Dr. Frank E. Fish, Professor of Biology Liquid Life Laboratory, Department of Biology, West Chester University
Apr. 26 USCG LILAC Renovation: Developing a Plan to Carry Passengers on a Historic Lighthouse Tender / Simulated Optimization and Feasibility of a Thermoacoustic Engine in the Marine Environment Ian Cosic & Cross Weeks / Dillon Esposito-Kelly & Bret Sharman
May 3 Design and Testing of Navigation Software for a Small Autonomous Surface Vessel / Metaheuristic Algorithms in Concept Design: Optimization of Marine Electrical Systems Max Haland / Alex Koziol & Ben Hunt
May 10 A Preliminary Design of a Low-Budget Hospital Ship for Epidemic/Pandemic Rapid Response / Airport Ferries: Feasibility Study and Concept Design of a New York Airport Ferry Shannon Lui / Dan Desio & Lina Tenenbaum
May 17 Ride the Wind: A Seakeeping Study of the Gyroscopic Effect of the Wind Turbine Rotor on a Moored Tension Leg Platform / The Design and Validation of the Equations of Motion of a Point-Wave Energy Converter Buoy Addie Lindyberg & Jackson Juska / Ryan Flanagan & Inga Johansson
May 24 An Investigation of Transom Stern Flow: An Evaluation of the Impact of Transom Radius / The Effect of Shape Change on the Added Mass Generated by an Axisymmetric Body Oscar Como & Alec Bidwell / Jack Becker & Maggie Maguire
June 7 The Viability of Compressed Natural Gas as Fuel: The Installation and Emissions Testing of a Dual-Fuel System for an Electronically-Timed High-Speed Diesel / An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Moonpool Recess Geometry on Added Resistance Sean Healy & Luke Herbermann / Robert Maes & Hank Rouland

Past Lectures

The Character of Truly Liberal Education

Dr. Shawn Welnak
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, LIUPost
Adjunct Professor of Political Philosophy, Webb Institute

Tunnel Thrusters: Function, Sizing, and Design

Donald Macpherson ‘80
Technical Director, HydroComp, Inc.

Stepped Planing Hulls. When Are They Appropriate?

Dr. Michael G. Morabito ‘05
Director of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, United States Naval Academy

Gary Vogel 

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.

Gary Vogel - Eagle Bulk

James (Jim) Gaughan

American Bureau Shipping (ABS)

“Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier Containment Systems’

James Gaughan

John (Jay) Edgar ’87

Naval Architect, Engineering Leader

“Building SBX: Development of the Sea-based Radar SBX-1”

John (Jay) Edgar ’87

Dr. Bob Brier

Researcher, Egyptologist

“Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt”