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Hydromechanics Laboratory

Naval Academy Hydromechanics Laboratory Staff

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John G. Balano

Engineering Technician (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering)

  •  Phone:  410-293-5106
  •  Fax: 410-293-5848
  •  E-Mail:  balano@usna.edu
  •   Rickover 048H

Education & Training


Professional Experience


  • Engineering Technician (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering), Naval Academy Hydromechanics Laboratory (NAHL), Annapolis, MD, 2019 - Present
  • Engineering Technician, United Stated Coast Guard, Surface Forces Logistics Center, Engineering Services Division, Curtis Bay, MD, 2015 - 2019
  • Sailmaker, Chesapeake Sailmakers, 2008 - 2015
  • Senior Electrician, Annapolis Boat Shows, 2002 - Present
  • Executive Officer, Assault Craft Unit 0208, 1998 - 2001
  • Maintenance & Repair Officer, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 205, 1996 - 1998
  • Deputy Director, Strategic Mobility & Reserve Affairs, Military Sealift Command, Atlantic, 1992 - 1995
    • Course Director, Strategic Sealift
    • Officer-In-Charge, Military Communications Department, Onboard:
      • USNS Comfort, Operation Sea Signal
      • USNS Kanawha, Operation Desert Storm
      • USNS Joshua Humpreys, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
  • Executive Officer, Naval & Marine Corps Reserve Center, Lawrence, MA, 1989 - 1992
  • USS San Jose, AFS-7, Western Pacific & Indian Ocean, Operation Ernest Will, 1985 - 1989
    • Damage Control Officer
    • First Division Officer
    • Officer of the Deck (Underway)
    • Engineering Officer of the Watch
    • Combat Information Center Officer
    • Flight Deck Helicopter Control Officer
    • MWR Officer
  • Offshore Crews, Inc., Seahorse, 1984
    • USCG Licensed Third-Mate (Any Oceans, Any Gross Tons)
    • Able-Bodied Seaman, Lifeboatman
  • Lobster Fisherman, Penobscot Bay, ME, 1982 - 1983

Professional Memberships & Registration


  • Qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch, United States Navy, 1987
  • Qualified Surface Warfare Officer, United States Navy, 1986
  • Qualified Flight Deck Helicopter Control Officer, 1986
  • Certified ABS Internal Auditor, 1992
  • Certified ISO Container Inspector, 1992
  • Certified Boiler Water / Feed Water Tester, 1986
  • Certified Gas Free Engineer, 1986
  • Member, United States Naval Institute (USNI)
  • Member, International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas
  • Member, Order of Neptune, Shellback

Awards


  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Four Awards
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Five Awards
  • U.S. Marine Corps Marathon Completion Medal

Professional & Community Service


  • Board of Directors, UUCC, Price Frederick, MD
  • Santa Claus, SPCA Lights on the Bay, Sandy Point State Park, MD

Teaching Experience & Courses


  • Ocean Engineering Mechanics, EN475 (Lab Instructor for Instrumentation, Spring 2021)
  • Introduction to Strategic Sealift, MSC150 Course (Two-Week Course for Naval Reservists, Offered Eight Times/Year)

Research & Publications


  • Research Interests:
    • Amphibious Warfare Systems
    • Tow-Tank Testing / Experimentation
    • Littoral Aquaculture Systems
    • Electronic Actuators
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  • A. Wang, D. Fredriksson, A. Metzger, and J. Balano, "Using Scale Model Tests to Investigate Whale Impact on Horizontal Aquaculture Systems," USNA Independent Research (EN496), 2020
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