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 TBA TBA
Apr. 19 TBA TBA
Apr. 26 TBA TBA
May 17 TBA TBA
May 24 TBA TBA
June 7 TBA TBA

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”