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Dr. Jeffrey M. Falzarano, a professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering, is a recipient of the Dr. Kenneth S.M. Davidson Medal. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering
Dr. Jeffrey M. Falzarano, professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the Dr. Kenneth S.M. Davidson Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
Falzarano received the award for his “outstanding scientific accomplishment in ship research,” specifically for his fundamental approach to considering ship dynamic stability using nonlinear dynamical systems theory. This approach, which he pioneered in his doctoral dissertation, is similar to the international maritime organization’s second-generation ship stability criteria.
Falzarano has over 30 years of experience as a university naval architecture and ocean engineering faculty member, 15 years of which have been at Texas A&M. His research focuses on ship dynamic stability and currently applying these approaches to consider offshore renewable energy devices such as floating wind turbines and wave energy devices. His research also includes various safety methods such as predicting nonlinear ship roll motion and maneuvering in waves.
His career has involved teaching ship and offshore platform dynamics as well as naval architecture and researching ship/platform dynamics. He has served on various advisory committees, including a National Academy committee to review and revise the U.S. Coast Guard stability criteria. He has also acted as a hydrodynamics expert on several joint U.S. Coast Guard National Transportation Safety Board marine accident investigations.
Before his academic career, Falzarano worked for the U.S. Coast Guard’s design branch. Since then, he has also worked and visited various federal government agencies, labs and international academic institutions.
Falzarano received a doctorate in naval architecture and marine engineering and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering, applied mechanics, and naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute.
He was jointly nominated for the award by his doctoral advisor, Dr. Armin Troesch, professor at the University of Michigan, and his doctoral student, Dr. Amitava Guha. Falzarano will receive the award at the upcoming SNAME Maritime Convention in Houston on Sept. 29. He is the 32nd recipient of the Davison Medal.
“The previous recipients of this award are the leaders in my field, including six National Academy members, so I’m very humbled to have been selected. I’ve had exceptional mentors and students who worked with me throughout my career, so it’s really a great honor,” said Falzarano.