• 28 Jun 2018 3:06 PM | Lon Scofield (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients!

    ASNE Delaware Valley Section Scholarship
    Mr. Demostenes Santiago
    Pennsylvania State University
    Civil Engineering

    ASNE Flagship Section Scholarship
    Mr. Julian Fraize
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Engineering, Concentration in Naval Engineering

    MIDN Richard Kang
    United States Naval Academy
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

    ASNE Headquarters Restricted Funds Mr. David Eidelman
    Florida Institute of Technology
    Ocean Engineering

    MIDN 2/C Sean Golhke
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Nuclear Engineering

    BMT John J. Nachtsheim Scholarship
    Ms. Sarah Stretch
    Webb Institute
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

    ASNE San Diego Section Scholarship
    MIDN 1/C Aaron Bongco
    University of Arizona
    Chemical Engineering

    Mr. Alexander Gonzalez
    Florida Atlantic University
    Ocean Engineering

    ASNE Tidewater Section Admiral David Donohue Scholarship
    MIDN 2/C Daniel Vedova
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Mechanical Engineering

    ASNE Tidewater Section James Pitt Scholarship
    Mr. Todd Kingston
    Purdue University
    Mechanical Engineering

    ASNE Tidewater Section Captain Joseph Yurso Scholarship
    MIDN Patrick Leary
    Virginia Tech
    Aerospace Engineering

    James A. Lisnyk Fund
    Ms. Taylor Campbell
    Webb Institute
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

  • 28 Jun 2018 3:05 PM | Lon Scofield (Administrator)

    Did you know ASNE gives student awards for outstanding performance in particular areas of naval engineering? 2018 recipients include:

    • U.S. Naval Academy: Midshipman Rachel Fortner, USN
    • U.S. Coast Guard Academy: Cadet Richard "Gabe" Zogby, USCG
    • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Midshipman Patrick McGuinness
    • MIT Brand Award: LCDR Daniel D Huynh, USN
    • Senior Officer School Material Readiness Course: CDR Wade Smith and LCDR William Fensterer

    Congratulations - and best wishes as you move toward your next duty assignments!

  • 27 Jun 2018 5:00 PM | Lon Scofield (Administrator)

    At Technology, Systems and Ships 2018, a vibrant student and young professional program was organized and led by Glen Sturtevant, sponsored by Gibbs and Cox. This student program featured talks by James Harrison, Robin White, and William Bray; meet and greets with George Drakeley, RADM William Galinis, RADM John Neagley, and RDML Lorin Selby; and round table discussions on career development pairing students with numerous senior leaders in the industry. One of the hallmark components of the TSS student track is the annual student poster competition, which was won this year by Hamid Ghasemi from Howard University for his poster "Atomistic insight into anti-corrosion role of graphene as a coating in metals: a molecular dynamics simulation approach." Matthew Schirmann and Claire Wincott from University of Michigan took second place with "Exploration of Algorithms and Frameworks for Surface Platform Digital Twins." And Patrick Lewis from University of Pittsburgh took third with "On Converter Reliability: Preserving the Life of Power Electronic Converters through Active Thermal Boundary Control for Interval Based Loads Aboard Naval Ships."

    Patrick was also elected the ASNE Student Opportunities Committee vice-chair, and Dominic Maier was elected Student Opportunities Committee chair!

  • 4 Jun 2018 10:25 AM | Stephanie Kiffer (Administrator)

    On Wednesday May 16, 2018 the ASNE Tidewater section held a joint meeting with the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA). There were over 90 people in attendance to represent both organizations. The guest speaker was RDML Jim Downey. He is the Deputy Commander, Surface Warfare (SEA 21) and the Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC). The RDML discussed the structure of the organizations he oversees, the current workload, trends around cost and schedules, extending life of surface vessels and the initiatives involving these vessels.


    The two organizations RDML Downey oversees have multiple layers that touch virtually every part of the shipbuilding industry, particularly when focusing on repair and sustainment. The SEA 21 side of his responsibility covers both the active and inactive fleets around the world. Current total value for FY16-22 is estimated at $21.78 Billion dollars. I found it interesting to learn that many of the inactive vessels are actually sold to other countries to meet their defense and security needs. The CNRMC side consists of 6 maintenance centers for the US. This group focuses on what maintenance is needed on a yearly basis, who has capacity to perform said maintenance and do those locations have room in their schedule. It is a constantly changing schedule that never has enough room for all the maintenance that needs to be performed. RDML Downey talked about how he has two offices but rarely spends time in either due to his demanding travel schedule. With two organizations to keep running full speed ahead I can see why he spends so much time on capital hill lobbying for the much needed resources to keep the fleet afloat.

    The current workload and trends look promising for the future and achieving the 355 ship directive passed recently. The RDML discussed the two most active areas for the 43 ships in execution stage currently are San Diego and Norfolk/Portsmouth. Very good news for our area! There are 92 ships in advanced planning that involves all the coastal area of the US. An interesting fact- 53 ships are sitting in storage for retention and disposal today. The majority of these ships are slated for dismantle and training purposes. In 2015 there was a slump in the number of surface ships; a record low. Looking at the outlook for FY15-24 the number of surface ships in on an increase. By FY24 three of the five RMCs will be showing an upward trend in the number of surface ships.

    One of the biggest questions is how are we going to achieve 355 ships? The timeline is to have 355 ships by 2047. This will be accomplished by a mix of new construction and what is being called SLE (Surface Life Extension). Bottom line is there is not enough capacity to build 355 new ships so we have to work to extend the life of some of the ships currently in service. Breaking it down by class combatants and submarines will be the two largest by number of ships. Assessing each ship individually for service life extension will require more manpower, time and cost for the Navy. RDML Downey plays a critical role in making sure this assessment happens in a timely manner to give an accurate picture of the fleet today and the future. It’s not can we achieve 355, it’s how will we do it and be on time?

    There are many unanswered questions still regarding how the Navy and the private sector will be able to work together to keep the fleet running smoothly. We have much room for improvement both at the government level and the yard level. RDML was asked if the perspective of Washington DC displayed on the news was accurate. He said its actually worse in person in his opinion. When asked if he felt improvement was achievable in regards to meeting repair schedules with costly deviations he replied there needs to be a better process for working through deviations in a timely manner. He shared the frustration of seeking a deviation for simple pump that takes more than 30 days to process. Ultimately I think continued work towards standardization where possible and common goals only benefits every level of this industry. I thank RDML Downey for breaking this huge topic into understandable sections and look forward to the opportunity to cross his path again.

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  • 18 May 2018 5:31 PM | Lon Scofield (Administrator)


    ASNE Tidewater Section was privileged to be a ​2018 Open House sponsor for the Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop (TWBW) located in Norfolk, VA. We as a Section were able to donate $250 to help them celebrate the accomplishments of their young boat builders and see the craftsmanship on several of the boats in progress for the 3rd Annual Open House event. 

    ​TWBW relies on community volunteers and generous support of donors to make a difference in the lives of local youths not only for a safe place to go after school, but also “Teaching Life Skills Through Boatbuilding”. This includes teamwork, leadership, math skills, blueprint reading, using hand tools, and a sense of accomplishment and hard work. The workshop is provided in partnership with the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority, and allows kids to imagine something different for their lives as they learn new skills. Once the boats are completed they are water tested and used by the students in the program. If a student is not in a boat rowing or sailing, they are shore side working on a battery of water quality tests to see the progress of environmental clean up of the Elizabeth river. 

    Thank You Members for participation the ASNE TW section. With out your support we could not reach out and support others in the Maritime Community !! 

    ​Want to learn more  ???​ 

    ASNE and the TWBW will team up again on June 9-10th, where they will set up a demonstration tent next to our ASNE-Sika Build-A-Boat Challenge. 

    You can also learn more at www.twbw.org​

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