Senior Spotlight: Galen Ng ’20

Hometown: New York, NY

Thesis Title: Hydrodynamic Performance of a Lifting Body Using Near-Field Flow Kinematics from PIV Analysis

Post Graduate Plans: PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering – Hydrostructural optimization.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I was on Sesame Street a few times as a child actor. I got to meet the puppeteers for Elmo, Grover, Big Bird, and Kermit.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Do as much as you can (academic or extracurricular) early on to find your niche and then stick with your passion to develop it.

Favorite Quote.
I talked to Professor Gallagher about it because it happened to him too.”
– Professor Onas talking about his incoming baby

What have you learned from other students?
If you want to impart change in your community, take initiative. Don’t wait for others to take up your idea.

What will you miss the most about Webb?
I will miss the late nights and camaraderie associated with all the work.

Senior Spotlight: Louis (L.J.) Bock ’20

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

Thesis Title: Design of a High-Speed, Common-Rail Diesel Engine Test Platform and Support Systems

Post Graduate Plans: Marine Systems Engineer

Favorite Quote:
“Family is not necessarily blood, but instead who you’d bleed for.”

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about learning. To me, life is boring if we do not ask questions. In today’s digital world, an infinite amount of knowledge is so easily accessible. All it takes is a bit of curiosity and becoming a life-long learner is the natural next step. Having learned so much in the past four years, I am excited to dive into an incredibly broad industry and learn as much as I can from the individuals already shaping it.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Never take any opportunity for granted. Learn to be grateful for the things and people in your life because there are many others who would do anything for a chance at what you have. The quicker one can ingrain this trait in their outlook on Webb and life, the more fulfilling the experience will be.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
I guess my favorite spot on campus is technically not on campus. But in four years, I have not found a better spot than about a half-mile off Webb’s beach into the Sound. Straight out from Webb, I get the most beautiful view of the campus, the NYC skyline, or a Long Island Sound Sunset.

Senior Spotlight: Reneé Tremblay ’20

Hometown: Bristol, Rhode Island

Thesis Title: Bow Flare: The Effect on the Seakeeping Performance of Containerships

Post Graduate Plans: Horizons Hull & Systems Engineer at Chevron Shipping Company (California)

Favorite Quote.
“In a flight simulator, some users will practice flying first-aid missions into underdeveloped countries. Some users will practice flying passenger jets into skyscrapers. Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user.”
(The Lost Symbol, Novel by Dan Brown)

What was your favorite Winter Work internship?
It is just impossible to pick a favorite Winter Work internship but I think my sophomore sea term is one to highlight. Never did I think I would step aboard a 300-meter liquefied natural gas carrier to sail from Texas all the way to South Korea in one shot. I spent nearly 50 days at sea, setting no foot on land in the between time. I made close friends with the officers and crew aboard and enjoyed working in the engine room with the engineers and my classmate, Chris. In addition to learning the life of a seafarer, my experience at sea gave me a great understanding of how ships operate, and how their design impacts their operation.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
My most-recently acquired favorite spot on campus is my desk in the new Couch Academic Center. Despite only being able to spend two weeks there due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I really enjoyed my spot by the windows facing Bollinger Courtyard. Each night, it was the perfect place to view the sunset over Long Island Sound. Throughout my time at Webb though, I have had a great appreciation for Stevenson Taylor Hall too. I am impressed by the rich history of both the building and the grounds which I was able to study extensively in a humanities elective class I took during my Junior year.

Why did you choose Webb?
When I looked at a list of engineering majors in high school, I decided “Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering,” the most-specific on the list, was probably the one for me. I pictured classes that combined three seemingly awesome subjects: math, science, and ships. When I visited Webb for the first time, I was enamored and knew it would be the perfect place to go. The opportunity to build my résumé, the impassioned engineering instruction, and the friendly atmosphere are just some of the things that attracted me initially.

Looking back at freshman year, to the time when I had spent only a few weeks at Webb, I remember it had already felt like a comfortable second home to me. Nearly four years after having made the choice to attend, I find myself incredibly thankful. I developed that résumé and received a great education which helped open the door to a career, my next opportunity. In Webb, I truly found a family beyond mine at home, and I made friendships that I am confident will last a lifetime.

What activities were you involved with at Webb?
I was involved in a multitude of activities at Webb, but some of my favorite things included helping both the admissions and communications departments. With admissions, I enjoyed giving tours of campus, managing prospective student visits, and volunteering at open house and events to share Webb with others. During my freshman year, I even took a trip to Texas to represent Webb in a college fair at a robotics championship competition. I love to speak to others about Webb because for me, it was a truly great place to attend college.

With communications, I served as the Public Relations Chair of the Student Organization for three years. Through helping manage Webb’s social media accounts, contributing content for Webb publications, learning about branding principles with administrators, staff, and the board of trustees, and more, I feel like this position gave me a minor in marketing with all of the skills I was able to develop!

In general, being super involved at Webb allowed me to improve my time-management skills and to contribute to keeping the school environment flourishing and fun to be a part of.

Senior Spotlight: Mary McGuinness ’20

Hometown: Glenville, NY

Thesis Title: Concept Design of a Floating Home: Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the California Bay Area

Post Graduate Plans: Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC in Newport News, Virginia.

What was your favorite Winter Work internship?
My favorite Winter Work internship was my sophomore year sea term. Since I had studied abroad at the University of Southampton during the winter that year, my internship was completed in the summer – I was on the Cape Horn, a MARAD contracted ROS ro-ro container ship moored at Pier 50 in San Francisco. It was seven weeks of biking around the city, sightseeing, and delicious food (and of course completing the sea projects).

What will you miss the most about Webb?
I will miss my class the most – It’s been a unique experience to spend three and a half years with the same group of people. We’ve had a lot of fun times together and it will be sad to not be all together again (at least until reunions).

Why did you choose Webb?
I chose Webb because I was interested in pursuing engineering or architecture in college and thought it would be cool to go to school in the Batman mansion. (It turns out naval architecture is very different than regular architecture)

What activities were you involved with at Webb?
Throughout my time at Webb I have been involved with the Social Committee, Running Club, Art Club, and Leadership Committee. My favorite role has been as Social Committee co-chair during my Junior and Senior year which involved planning various on and off-campus events and parties.

Senior Spotlight: Alec Gonzalez ’20

Hometown: Melville, New York

Thesis Title: Webb’s Open-Circuit Wind Tunnel: Setup and Best Practices

Post Graduate Plans: Small Ship Design

What are you passionate about?
I love the outdoors, including both land and sea. Sailing and skiing are my primary passions.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
Third deck balcony at sunset. No explanation needed.

What activities were you involved with at Webb?
The offshore sailing program.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Work hard, but remember to have fun.

Senior Spotlight: Grant Dixon ’20

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Post-graduate Plans: NSWC Carderock

Thesis Title: Design and Development of a Small Craft Collision Avoidance System

What are you passionate about?

What will you miss the most about Webb?
Spending time with all my classmates.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Try to win a position in the student organization; competition is minimal and they can be really fulfilling.

What would be the best job for you?
Professional Video Game Tester

Senior Spotlight: Linda Waters ’20

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Thesis Title: A Machine Learning Approach to Renewable Energy and Cost Optimization for Wind-Powered Cargo Ships

Post Graduate Plans: I will be pursuing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland with their Center for Disaster Resilience. My degree will be a joint focus on environmental and systems engineering with an emphasis on societal impacts.

What was your favorite Winter Work internship?
My favorite Winter Work internship was my junior year internship, where I was working with Naval Group in Nantes, France. My internship introduced me to artificial intelligence programming, which I immediately loved and was fortunate enough to incorporate into my thesis. It was also fun to travel, experience a new culture, practice my French, and eat delicious food everyday!

What are you passionate about?
Renewable energy and sustainability. Anthropogenic emissions, global warming, ocean acidification, and environmental destruction are rapidly changing the Earth, and, as an engineer, I hope to slow, stop, and reverse the adverse impacts of human behavior on the environment.

What will you miss the most about Webb?
I will definitely miss my classmates the most. After four years together, my classmates have become my family, and I can’t believe we won’t be living together, stressing out about assignments, and making countless happy memories together next year.

Who was your favorite mentor at Webb and why?
Professor Scott! He’s one of my favorite professors, and I’m so thankful that he was willing to be my thesis advisor. He always reminds us of the importance of integrity and ethics in our work, and he’s such a great role model.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I can play the banjo, am formally trained in Bach’s composition style, and know a lot about music theory – I’ve taken over ten years of music theory classes, including some college classes!

Senior Spotlight: Jonathan Wang

Hometown: Tianjin, China

Thesis Title: Improving Shipyard Management: Automated Assignment of Dependencies Within Ship Overhaul Schedules

Post Graduate Plans: NSWC Carderock, Combatant Craft Division

What are you passionate about?
Food. Cooking. Travel. Photography. Adventure. Exploring new places and new foods.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
I enjoy relaxing by the yacht club, especially during sunset. I find the sound of waves relaxing and it is easy to take a break from the work and other things happening at Webb to enjoy a good sunset, watch the waves crash on the beach, and look out across the Long Island Sound.

What would be the best job for you?
One that continually provides new challenges and problems for me to solve. I love the process of working my way through a problem and the satisfaction of putting the effort into solving it. I also work well in an environment where I am given autonomy to complete my own work. I also enjoy a mixture of office and hands-on work and would love to be able to travel occasionally for work.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Be involved. Webb is such a small community that your experience, along with everyone else’s will be better when you are involved with the community. There are so many ways to do so: join a sport or a student club; volunteer when opportunities arise; take a position of leadership. Be involved in different activities and learn something new! Work is important, but don’t forget to enjoy all the opportunities Webb has to offer.

What was your favorite Winter Work internship?
Sea Term on a MARAD ship docked just outside downtown San Francisco during the summer (I was in Southampton for the winter). Seeing the inner workings of the engine room was very interesting. Even more enjoyable was having the weekends free to explore the city. I love food and photography and SF had plenty of opportunities to explore both hobbies. It was basically summer vacation for two months in San Francisco with free room and board. The only downside was not getting to experience heavy seas like many of my classmates. The San Francisco Bay is not known for large waves.

SD1 Projects: Team Hot Stuff

About Junior Class Small Vessel Design Project (SD1):

As a part of Professor Bradley D.M. Golden’s ’99 Ship Design 1 (SD1) class, the juniors spent the first two-and-a-half months of the spring semester preparing their first complete concept designs.

Using the knowledge they’ve gained in their nearly three years studying at Webb and the experiences from their winter work periods to date, this was the students’ first opportunity to apply the naval architecture and marine engineering principles they’ve studied including stability, ship’s structures, main machinery systems, auxiliary systems, resistance and propulsion, and electrical engineering.

Working in small groups of three and four, the students selected one of the vessel types and took their first couple of spins around the design spiral to prepare vessel concept designs. To help make the project as realistic as possible, members of industry familiar with each of the vessel types helped prepare the statements of design requirements that each of the designs had to meet. To challenge the students even further, one or two “curveballs” were thrown into each design statement to make the students think long and hard about how they would achieve their objectives.

At the end of the spring semester, the students presented their final designs to their fellow students, faculty, and members of industry who served as part of an evaluation team. After three years at Webb, the Junior class can now say with confidence that they’re familiar with the design process and are well on their way to joining the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering.

Visit our Junior Class Small Vessel Design Project page to view all of this year’s projects.

Project Name: Team Hot Stuff

Designers: Jack Becker, Jackson Juska, and Maggie Maguire

Vessel Type: Fireboat

Standard Mission:
In response to an increasing need for firefighting services in the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach area, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has commissioned Team Hot Stuff to design a new class of firefighting vessels. This class must bridge the gap between the LAFD’s existing larger and smaller vessels by providing not only a fast response time but also a large pumping capacity. During its service, this vessel must respond to and suppress fires, provide emergency medical services, defend against acts of terrorism, respond to environmental pollution, aid in search and rescue operations, and provide specialty team support.

View the Student’s Presentation

Senior Spotlight – Michael DeNapoli

Hometown: Bay Shore, NY

Thesis Title: Hydrodynamic Performance of a Lifting Body Using Near-Field Flow Kinematics from PIV Analysis

Post Graduate Plans: Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC

What will you miss the most about Webb?
Without a doubt, I will miss the people the most. Webb has an incredible community, and I’m so glad I got to spend time with all these unique people. As someone remaining on campus after everyone left, I’ve definitely noticed that Webb isn’t Webb without the people.

What was your favorite Winter Work internship?
My favorite winter work internship was my most recent one in Cleveland at Great Lakes Towing. Working at a small shipyard gave me a ton of cool experiences and helped me see how my education prepared for the work needed in a practical environment. I also got to figure out how to live totally alone for the first time, which was a worthwhile experience. A close second would be my time on ship. Pasha’s M/V Marjorie C traveled a loop between Los Angeles, San Diego, and Honolulu four times while I was on it, and I thought it was an amazing experience.

What was your favorite class at Webb and why?
Marine Engineering 5 with Professor Scott was my favorite class. I thought learning about system design was really cool, even if I wasn’t perfect at it. It was always impressive how Scott could teach difficult material so well. That never made his tests easy, but he was always a fair professor. I have to give credit to a few other classes though. Both American Government and Political Philosophy with Soupios were great lecture classes to listen to. And I know a couple of my classmates deeply disagree with this, but I thought Western Cultures 2 was fun, namely because of the fact that it made a bunch of engineers take a break from calculations to make a painting. And of course, there was the classic Naval Architecture 1 project where we did lines for a vessel by hand.

What activities were you involved with at Webb?
I tried to show up to many once-a-semester volunteering events throughout my time here, including Engineering Day, Graduation, Homecoming, and the many other events put together by the Leadership Committee. And like all good Webbies, I enjoyed the great major parties put together by the Social Committee. Maybe one of my regrets about my time at Webb is that I didn’t do more. But I think I would have that regret no matter what because it more than likely just means that I really wish I had more time here to enjoy everything about Webb.

Favorite Quote.
“Yes. You can make it idiot-proof, but they always invent a better idiot” – Professor Neil Gallagher