Naval Power Systems, technology development, Ship Design and Construction

Ship Design and Construction Expertise

Expert knowledge in ship design and construction from initial concept studies through in-service support.

  • Directed power system feasibility studies for insertion advanced sensors and weapons into US warships including a high power ballistic missile defense radar, electromagnetic rail guns and solid-state laser weapons.
  • Taught graduate level courses in naval architecture, marine engineering, systems engineering and naval ship design. Academic advisor for over 40 graduate students. Supervised another 45 officer graduate students throughout the New England area whose studies included every field from engineering, medicine and business to theology. Supervised 20 ship design projects, 14 master’s theses and served on 3 PhD thesis committees.
  • Led a team of 110 engineers and technicians with oversight responsibility for engineering, quality assurance, testing trials for all Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class ships constructed in Maine.  Oversaw approximately $9 Billion in ship construction contracts.  Initiated LEAN process initiatives resulting in 20% efficiency improvements for engineering and quality assurance oversight of Bath Iron Works shipyard.
  • Headed design and construction efforts for the San Antonio (LPD-17) class amphibious transport ships in Maine. Supervised a team of government engineers and managed a $400 Million subcontract. Guided US Navy shipbuilding realignment efforts in Maine, resulting in a $1 Billion savings
  • Facilitated the US Navy’s industry collaboration with both competing teams during phases II and III of the DDG-1000 design development.  Assisted both industry teams with incorporating an integrated power system into their designs for the Navy’s DDG-1000 destroyer.
  • Provided oversight for the design and construction of USS Supply (AOE-6).  Developed and implemented numerous design improvements, including accommodation of independent ventilation for hypergolic liquid fueled missiles for crew safety, remedying diesel generator start-air shortfall, reconciled specification conflicts for aviation facilities and resolved longitudinal strength structural problems
  • Successfully drydocked over 50 ships and boats, including the first simultaneous twin-docking of two frigates in the Southwest Marine floating drydock.  Responsible for safe navigation of the ship, personnel safety of over 50 line handlers, divers and others as well as environmental compliance of repairs done while in dock
  • Managed maintenance repair availabilities of several surface combatant ships.  Responsible for technical, quality, safety, budget and schedule on assigned ships.  Supervised a team of civilian ship surveyors and simultaneously managed several ship repair contractors .