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Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering



Dr. Andrew T. Metzger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  •  Phone: 410-293-6585
  •  Fax: 410-293-2219
  •  E-mail:
  • 339A Rickover Hall

Education & Training

Professional Experience

  • Dept of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
    • Associate Professor, 2018 - Present
  • Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Associate Professor, 2013-2018
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Assistant Professor, 2007-2013
  • RVE, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas
    • Project Manager/ Engineer Diver, 1999 - 2001 & 2003
  • Thorson Baker & Associates, Inc., Richfield, Ohio
    • Project Engineer, 1996-1999 & 2001-2002

Professional Registration

  • Passed the Professional Engineering Exam in 2000 (Ohio) (currently Inactive Status)


  • Courses taught at USNA
    • EN330 Probability and Statistics with Ocean Applications
    • EN426 Port and Harbor Engineering
  • Courses taught prior to USNA
    • Data Analysis
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Reinforced Concrete Design
    • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
    • Design of Timber Structures
    • Design of Engineered Systems (Senior Capstone)
    • Structural Dynamics
    • Earthquakes: Seismic Response of Structures
    • Principals of Seismic Design (short course)
    • Design of Ports and Harbors
    • Ice Engineering

Research History

  • Externally Funded - USNA
    • Sea Level Rise Adaptation Toolkit, NAVFAC EXWC, Role: PI
  • Externally Funded - Prior to USNA
    • Alcatel-Lucent Subsea Networks, Ltd. Ice threat study. A study of sea-ice, ice gouging, geotechnical conditions, and near-surface geology along a ~1850km fiber-optic cable route off the North Slope. Synthesized results of previous work and results from a recent field campaign to provide metrics needed to evaluate the threat sea ice poses to a buried cable as well as assess the required burial depth. Role: PI
    • Physical Oceanographic and Meteorological Data for Beaufort and Chukchi Seas to Support Reliability-based Design Criteria for Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Structures - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Role: PI
    • Reliability-Based Sea-Ice Parameters for Design of Offshore Structures - Bureau of Safety and Environmental enforcement; Role: PI
    • Characterizing the Load Environment of Washington State Ferry and Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Landings – Alaska University Transportation Center, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Washington State Department of Transportation; Role: PI               
    • Projected Mission-risk Based Work Priorities for Combined Bridge, Waterfront Structure and Water Tank Inventory of the United States Navy – NFESC EC Det. (c/o MAR, Inc.); Role: PI                                                                           
    • Response of Pile Guided Floats to Dynamic Loading – AKDOT&PF; Role: PI
    • Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Alaska Bridge Components – AKDOT&PF; Role: Co-I
  • Publications
    • Journal Articles
      • Metzger, A.T., Hutchinson, J., Kwiatkowski, J. (2014). “Measurement of Vessel Berthing Parameters”. Marine Structures. Elseiver.
      • Metzger, A.T., Huckelbridge, A., (2009), “Temporal Nature of Fatigue Damage in Highway Bridges”. ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. ASCE, Reston, VA.
      • Huckelbridge, A., Metzger, A.T. (2009). “Investigation of the Dayton IR 75 Sign Truss Failure of September 11, 2006”. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. ASCE, Reston, VA.
    • Magazine Articles
      • Metzger, A. (November 2015). Northwest Alaska Minerals Potential: Transportation needed for a century of development. Alaska Business Monthly.
      • Metzger, A., (March-April 2013). Partnering Fulfills Research Needs of an Underrepresented Highway System. TR News.
    • Conference Proceedings
      • Metzger, A. T., Hutchinson, J. (2011). “Measurement of Structure Response to Ferry Berthing Loads”. Coastal Engineering Practice. Sponsored by Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers. August 21-24, 2011. San Diego, CA.
      • Metzger, A.T. (2011). “Challenges for Marine Civil Infrastructure in the Arctic”. 4th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. June 20 - 22, 2011. Washington, D.C.
      • Metzger, A. T. (2009). “Applying Responsible Engineering Practices to Arctic Marine Infrastructure”. Lessons from Continuity and Change in the Fourth International Polar Year, Symposium. March 4-7. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.
      • Metzger, A. T., Huckelbridge, A., (2006). “Predicting Residual Fatigue Life from Short Duration Field Observations”. First International Conference on Fatigue and Fracture in Infrastructure. Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored by Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.
    • Other Publications
      • Metzger, A.T. (2013). “Current and Future Infrastructure Assessment”. A section of a report entitled: “Arctic Shipping: An Economic Development Initiative”; submitted to the Alaska Department of Commerce and Community Development. Lawson Brigham, ed.
      • Metzger, A.T. (2011). Testimony. United States Senate, Hearing on: “Defending US Economic Interests in the Changing Arctic: Do We Have a Strategy?”. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard. July 27, 2011. Washington, DC.
      • Metzger, A. T. (2009). Projected Mission-risk Based work Priorities for Navy Owned Waterfront Structures, Bridges and Water Tanks. Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center, East Coast Detachment. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. (report)
      • Metzger, A. T. (2008). TR-6072-OCN: Mission-risk Based Work Prioritization for Navy-owned Bridges, Water Tanks, and Waterfront Structures. report. Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center, East Coast Detachment. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. (report)
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