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!