Marine Earns Inter-Collegiate Naval Architecture Award
POSTED ON: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:15 PM by LCDR Tyler Scharar
Second-Lieutenant Thomas Wilson, US Marine Corp, was awarded the Undergraduate Paper Award for 2016 by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the Class of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture (Honors).
The inter-collegiate recognition is awarded annually for student paper of outstanding merit and originality, which is presented to the Society. His paper culminated a year of honors research and explored the trade-offs in resistance and maneuverability of various concrete canoe hulls with the goal of developing a more competitive boat. In addition to computer simulations, he performed straight line resistance and free-running maneuverability experiments on four models in USNA's Hydromechanics Lab.
A course in Ocean Engineering offers students the opportunity to design, fabricate, and operate a concrete canoe in an annual inter-collegiate competition. Second-Lieutenant Wilson's research provides a concrete canoe design that is more competitive than previous USNA boats. Congratulations to Second-Lieutenant Wilson, as he continues professional training as a Marine Corp officer.
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