Naval Architecture combines imagination, artistic instincts, and proven scientific principles, tempered by basic engineering considerations, in designing the means of ocean transportation of the future.
The many types of ships, boats and vehicles needed to operate on, under, or above the ocean's surface provide the broad field in which the designer is to work. The challenge to the naval architect is to convert the functional requirements into an effective, workable, and cost-efficient design. Primary considerations include hull shape, stability, structure, arrangement, survivability, maneuverability, and seaworthiness. Building on a foundation of basic engineering topics such as fluid mechanics and material science, the naval architecture student learns modern techniques of marine vehicle performance and design analysis. The naval architect's technical horizon is bounded only by their energy and creativity.
Naval architecture is that field of engineering which addresses how we can apply our acquired wealth of knowledge to conceive of, design, test, build, and operate ships. All types of ships and boats - recreational to naval, small to big, operating on or under the sea, sails to nuclear, etc. Think of some of the features that a ship must have - for instance:
You will be an engineer, a naval architect, and an individual who is capable of finding viable economical and technical solutions to a variety of complex and open-ended engineering problems. Such as:
As an engineer and as a naval architect you can contribute in so many ways to so many problems that you truly stand at a threshold of opportunity.
Step over it - become an engineer... Become a naval architect!
For more information on the naval architecture major at the Naval Academy, go here: http://www.usna.edu/Users/naome/phmiller/ENA_major.html