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

Fall 2021 Lecture Schedule

Date Subject Speaker
9/27/21 Machine Learning and Network Analysis: Useful Tools or Hype? Dr. Matthew Collette ’99 from the University of Michigan
10/04/21 The Story of Naval Architecture: Four Centuries in Search of the Ideal Hull Form Dr. Larrie Ferreiro
10/26/21 Professional Panel: Résumé  Writing and Interviewing Dean Werner and Professors Gallagher, Golden, and Martin
11/01/21 Hull Slamming & Related Technology Dr. Jack Lombardi
11/08/21 Climate Discussions – A Big Picture Spenser Boyd ’17, Energy Engineer II, L&S Energy Services, Inc.
11/15/21  On-going projects at Metal Shark Gil Romano, VP of Engineering at Metal Shark

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”