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Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering



Jennifer Kehl Waters, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  •  Phone: 410-293-1581 
  •  Fax: 410-293-2219
  •  E-mail:
  •   Nimitz 166


Professional Experience

Dr. Waters is a presently a professor in the NA&OE Department at USNA. She teaches primarily core and elective ocean engineering courses, and is involved in various ocean engineering and naval architecture research projects. She is active in a variety of USNA and external professional committees. She is also the NA&OE Department's webmaster.

  • Dept of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy.
    • Associate Professor, 2001-present.
    • Assistant Professor, 1995-2001.
    • Visiting Research, 1994-1995.
  • Davidson LaboratoryStevens Institute of Technology. Research Assistant, 1991-1994.
  • Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. Research Assistant, 1989-1991.
  • Commercial Marine Design Pty. Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Australia. Naval Architect, Winter 1990-1991.
  • Band, Lavis and Associates, Severna Park, MD. Junior Naval Architect, Winter 1989-90, Summer 1990.
  • Moore-McCormack Bulk Transport. Engine/Deck Cadet aboard Mormac Sun, Winter 1988-89.
  • Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., VA. Shipfitter, Winter 1987-88.

Teaching Interests

Professor Waters teaches and has served as course coordinator for many Ocean Engineering core and elective courses, including Ocean Engineering Mechanics (EN475), Coastal Engineering (EN420), Ocean Environmental Engineering I and Ocean Environmental Engineering II. She also teaches EN245: Principles of Ocean Systems Engineering, a sophomore-level general engineering course for department majors, and EN200: Naval Engineering I, a naval engineering course for non-engineering students. She has also advised several independent student research (EN495/496) projects.

Research Interests

Prof Waters' research interests bridge the fields of naval architecture and ocean engineering. Research sponsors have included the Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). See her research page for more information and details.

Professional Memberships & Registration


  • DCCEAS Young Engineer of the Year, 2002.
  • USNA Apgar Award, NAOE Dept. 2000.
  • Stevens Institute John P. Breslin Award. 1995.
  • Stevens Institute Robert Crooks Stanley Fellowship. 1992-1995. 
  • Stevens Institute Graduate Activities Board “Person of the Year” Award. 1993.
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Wilbur N. Landers Fellow. 1992.
  • American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarship. 1992.

Other Interests

Sailing, most water sports, skiing, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, hang gliding.
Fine art, especially pen & ink. Classical and chamber music; violin, viola, cello and piano.

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