Webb Professor to Present Paper at FAST 2017 Conference in France

Webb Institute Professor John C. Daidola, P.E. will be presenting a paper on large trimaran ship structural design at the FAST 2017 conference in Nantes, France, September 27-29, 2017.

The meeting is considered the world’s leading conference addressing fast sea transportation and is a biannual event on research for design, construction and operation of these systems, both naval and commercial. The first conference, which was held in Trondheim, Norway in 1991.

Dr. Daidola’ s work has focused on structural design characteristics obtained from alternative procedures based on classification society rules for monohulls and trimarans as well as more traditional naval based design approaches for monohulls. His paper at the meeting will focus on evaluating the resultant structural designs by applying an analytical approach embodying finite grillage models of the hull structure.

This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under grant no. N00014-10-1-0652.

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See Dr. Daidola’s designs below.



Renee Tremblay ’20 Travels to Cayman Islands as SEA Counselor


Tremblay conducting a student bridge testing exercise.

by Renee Tremblay ’20

This past summer, I had the opportunity to work as a counselor at Webb’s Summer Engineering Academy (SEA).  I chose to spend my summer with Webb because I enjoy leading projects for kids, and helping others discover engineering.  During the month of July, I lived on campus, helped run the weekday camp at Webb, and introduced young students to engineering with many fun, hands-on projects and team competitions.

When I signed up to be a camp counselor, I had no idea I would end up on an island paradise for a week, as a part of SEA.  At the close of freshman year, I learned that the SEA program was going abroad to the Cayman Islands.  After the two busy, tiring-but-worth-it sessions with about 35 campers at Webb, I hopped on a plane bound for George Town, Grand Cayman for one more week of teaching and enjoyment with three of my classmates.  We were kindly set up at a fantastic condo on the beach, in walking distance of the venue where we would work during the week.

Before the program got started, I got to explore the island, relax on the beach, snorkel, and swim with stingrays! On Monday morning, we headed into work early to set up and anxiously await the arrival of the 15 local scholars who we were going to work with.  The SEA students each wrote an essay, and were selected by Minds Inspired, a scholarship provider that focuses on fostering excellence in science and math in Caymanian students.  Once the students arrived, we were greeted by a multitude of different accents and great personalities. The group were incredibly focused, and excited to be part of the program.

The week combined classroom time with various design and build projects, all leading up to the capstone, boat-building, team competition.  The materials for the project included a sheet of plywood, some cable ties, duct tape, silicone sealant, wiring, switches, and motors.  From these materials, teams had to construct a brick-carrying boat to race around in a pool in various competitions. The boat race is my favorite project because it really challenged the students in naval architecture, a field they previously did not know a lot about.  It’s unfortunate that boat design and engineering are not well known in the Cayman Islands, where most goods arrive by sea.

I think the SEA program really benefited those students who were involved, and I hope it inspires them to explore various fields of engineering in their future academic careers.  I hope this trial run of the Summer Engineering Academy in the Cayman Islands plants the seed that allows the program to continue to grow there in the future.

SEA Cayman Photo Gallery

Minds Inspired SEA Cayman Video 

Group final day

Tremblay and SEA Cayman Islands crew post for group photo at the end of camp.

Webb Institute Featured in The Princeton Review Book, “The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition”

9781524710224Webb Institute is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2018 edition of its college guide, “The Best 382 Colleges” (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, $24.99, August 1, 2017).

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories.  The book also has ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories. All of the ranking lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

“We chose Webb Institute for this book because it offers outstanding academics, “said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief and author of “The Best 382 Colleges”. “Our selections are primarily based on our surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. We also visit dozens of colleges each year and give considerable weight to opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, most importantly, we look at valuable feedback we get from each school’s customers – our surveys of students attending them. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

President R. Keith Michel comments, “We are pleased that the Princeton Review has again acknowledged Webb’s commitment to excellence in education, by selecting Webb as one of its 382 Best Colleges.”

In its profile on Webb Institute, The Princeton Review praises it for its “100 job placement rate” and quotes extensively from Webb students the company surveyed for the book. Among their comments: “The curriculum is “intense,” but the academics tie in well with the winter work terms: “Work terms give each student a feel for industry sectors and allow them to make improved career decisions when selecting a first job.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 382 in any category. Instead it uses students’ ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 137,000 students (358 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school’s career services. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/ranking-methodology.

Webb Institute is on the following ranking lists in “The Best 382 Colleges”: Best Career Services, Most Accessible Professors, and Students Study the Most.

The schools in “The Best 382 Colleges” also have rating scores in eight categories. The Princeton Review tallied them based on institutional data it collected during the 2016 -17 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. Rating scores are on a scale of 60 to 99. Categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of school’s commitment to the sustainability and the environment in its policies, practices and education programs. Among the ratings in the Webb profile are scores of 98 for Academics and 94 for Quality of Life. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/college-ratings.

In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Webb Institute, The Princeton Review lists topics that Webb students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “students are happy,” “career services are great,” and “internships are widely available.”

Class of 2019 Recreate Famous Art Work

Each year, Professor Richard Harris’s Western Culture II class participates in a art project that requires them to recreate a painting or illustration. The goal of the project is for the student to learn to look closely at-and really see a work of art, as well as acquire a better sense of the roles of composition and color.

This year, the Class of 2019 recreated a painting or illustration from the Post-Impressionist period or later by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, George Prosper Remi, and Hiroshi Yoshida.

Upon completion, each student work of art was exhibited in the Visconti Reception Room to be viewed during graduation week.

View student art work below. 

Class of 2017 Graduates from Webb Institute

_DSC9753On Saturday June 17, 2017, Webb Institute awarded nineteen Bachelor of Science degrees at its 121st Commencement Ceremony. Each graduating student received a dual degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Webb’s commencement ceremony opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the WooFs (Webb Family Singers) and included inspirational remarks from the ceremony’s Principal Speaker, Bruce S. Rosenblatt.

Rosenblatt, President of Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates, LLC, and Chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees, addressed graduates on building and expanding relationships, both personal and professional, as a key to success. “Within minutes, you’ll shift from being students at Webb to becoming alumni of Webb,” said Rosenblatt. “Within a short while you’ll start your careers and your marine industry family will quickly grow to include your bosses, co-workers, customers, the vendors you work with, and a myriad of others. That’s a great thing and be sure to take advantage of it as there will be many people out there who will want to help you to be successful, just as others had done for them.”

Additional remarks were made by President R. Keith Michel, Dean Matthew Werner, Former-Dean Richard Neilsen, and the Class of 2017’s Student Speaker, James Morrissey.

Morrissey’s humorous speech touched on the importance of the “family” dynamic amongst students and the unforgettable memories they have made during their years at Webb. “We’ve been through a lot together,” said Morrissey. “Four years at Webb, seven naval architecture classes, six marine engineering classes, four semesters of math, all the classes in between, container ship design, and thesis. Through all that we’ve really come together not only as a class, but as a family,” said Morrissey.

In addition to the awarding of degrees, several students received additional awards and prizes for their outstanding academic achievements in a variety of areas, such as excellence in thesis and mathematics.

Following commencement, Webb’s Class of 2017 will spread out across the country and the world to begin graduate work or start their professional careers in the marine industry. Notable employers include: Carnival Cruise Line, General Dynamics Electric Boat, and Cruise Lines International Association.

Commencement Ceremony Video

Commencement Photo Gallery