SNAME offers technical program at annual expo


The technical program for the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers Annual Meeting and Expo will feature papers on 35 ship design and production topics, three new continuing education courses and four panel discussions.

The event will be held Oct. 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Early registration discounts of up to $200 are available until Sept. 23.

"This year's technical papers cover an expanded range of topics, presented in a format that encourages audience interaction and discussion with the presenters," said Nancy Ostin, director of membership and marketing for SNAME, in a statement.

An optional day of continuing education courses, approved for seven continuing education credits, will be offered Oct. 23. The courses are as follows: Early Phase Ship Design with Benjamin Capuco of Gibbs & Cox Inc. and Sean Walsh of Alion Science; Marine Engineering with Kevin Prince of Gibbs & Cox; and Sailing Yacht Performance Analysis with Drs. Robert Beck and Kevin Maki from the University of Michigan.

Four new panel discussions were added to this year's expo schedule: Electric Ships - A Shipbuilders Perspective; Ocean Energy - How Will It Be Developed?; Unmanned and Autonomous Ships of the Future; and Efficient Shipping in the Greenhouse Gas Era. Panels include the presentation of up to three papers and a format to encourage an active discussion of the subject matter.

Click here for full conference schedule and register for the SNAME 2009 annual meeting and expo. Abstracts of all technical papers can be viewed on the site, and the full text of each paper will be available online to registered attendees.