Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) / Marine Technology Society (MTS)

Two Texas A&M student chapters of national professional societies are currently available for Ocean Engineering students. The Marine Technology Society (MTS) student chapter was formed in 1977 and the Society of Naval Architect and Marine Engineers (SNAME) was formed in 1985. Both student chapter organizations have their own by-laws and are a university-approved organization (please see the student website for more information). Therefore, the organizations are operated under their own by-laws and the university rules and regulations for university approved organizations. The SNAME/MTS is operated as a joint organization with a set of officers (Chair, Vice Chair-MTS, Vice Chair-SNAME, Treasurer, Secretary and Social Chair). These officers are elected by the members at the end of each spring semester and begin their duties at the conclusion of the spring semester. The Chair or designated representatives serve on the Student Engineers Council. Dues for MTS are $25 and SNAME are $35 each per year or a total of $60 for both. Each society sends a free publication on a quarterly or monthly basis to members. MTS sponsors the Outstanding Ocean Engineering Student Award each year. The Texas Section of SNAME holds a joint meeting with the student chapter each year in March, and it is co-sponsored by the MTS Houston Section. All Ocean Engineering students are strongly encouraged to join the student chapters. The faculty advisors are Dr. Jeffrey Falzarano and Dr. James Kaihatu.

The SNAME/MTS student chapter holds monthly meetings during the academic year. Faculty and industry speakers are frequently invited to the monthly meetings. Students organize field trips usually once a year. Also the students may attend MTS and SNAME section meetings in Houston and the Offshore Technology Conference in May. Operating funds are provided by the national societies and through student fund raising efforts such as T-shirt and engineering paper sales. The student members also represent the ocean engineering department at Career Day, JETS Day and other similar events directed towards recruiting and providing information to Texas high school students.

Each year student awards are presented at a SNAME/MTS joint meeting with engineers in industry.