Texas A&M ocean engineering recognized at SNAME Annual Meeting in Seattle

Aggie ocean engineering students from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering will be recognized today (Nov. 8) at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting in Seattle.

The Texas A&M students competed in the International Student Offshore Design Competition (ISODC), sponsored by the SNAME Texas Section and co-sponsored by the Marine Technology Society's Houston Section, the American Society of Civil Engineers' Coasts, Ocean, Ports and Rivers Institute, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Offshore, Ocean and Arctic Engineering Division.

The senior design projects in OCEN 407 “Design of Ocean Engineering Facilities” were completed by student teams and submitted to the ISODC competition in May. The judging results announced by the SNAME Texas Section are:
First place (pictured): Texas A&M Photo of first-place designOcean Engineering Team 2, “Design of a Multi-use Tender Assist Semi-submersible.” Team members are Jonathan Davis, Garin Elwell, Brian Gill, David Massey, Billy Schoelman and Cory Taylor.
Second place: Texas A&M Ocean Engineering Team 5, “Mobile Offshore Drilling Riser Design and Rig Selection.” Team members are Colin Gasgill, Ian Munoz, Adam Novelli, John Rizzuti and Ted Whiteford.
Third place (shared): United States Coast Guard Academy Team 2, “ Ice Management AOSV,” and Texas A&M Ocean Engineering Team 6, “Steel Catenary Riser Design.”  The Texas A&M team members are Nick Crowder, Tarren Peterson, Todd Shipman, Eric Sonne and Ginny Whisenhunt.

The Industry sponsors were Delmar, MCS Kenny and Chevron.
In addition, ocean engineering students Alex Knoll, Todd Shipman and Ginny Whisenhunt will be recognized with a graduate student paper award at the SNAME Annual Meeting. Their paper, “Ocean Engineering Human Powered Submarines: Past, Present and Future,” was presented at the SNAME Texas Section Offshore Symposium in February in Houston. The SNAME Texas Section submitted the paper to the SNAME national paper competition.

Knoll is a graduate student in ocean engineering and is expected to graduate in May 2014. Shipman and Whisenhunt graduated with bachelor's degrees in ocean engineering in May 2013 and are working in the offshore industry in Houston.