Stevens' high-speed towing tank re-commissioning and technical symposium -- December 11-13

3-day event will include formal grand opening and talks by invited experts in naval architecture and ocean engineering

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Stevens Institute of Technology will celebrate the re-commissioning of the Davidson Laboratory high-speed towing tank with a three-day event starting on December 11, 2006. First opened in 1944, the facility remains one of the world's leading centers for research and education in the fields of naval architecture and ocean engineering. The recently completed renovations have significantly enhanced the facility's capabilities.

The three-day celebration will include a formal grand opening ceremony on December 11, followed by a two-day Technical Symposium, "The Experimental Method in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering," in which invited speakers will provide their perspectives on the future of technology development and education in naval architecture and ocean engineering.

The formal ceremony on December 11 will begin at 2 p.m. with welcoming remarks from Michael Bruno, Professor and Director of the Center for Maritime Systems; George Korfiatis, Professor and Dean of The Schaefer School of Engineering; and Harold J. Raveché, President of Stevens. Also scheduled to speak at the event:

2:15 p.m.: Honorable David Roberts, Mayor of Hoboken

2:25 p.m.: Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen

2:35 p.m.: Howard Fireman, Director, Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design Group, Naval Sea Systems Command

2:45 p.m.: Philip Kimball, Executive Director, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

2:55 p.m.: Anne Davidson

At 3 p.m., Martin Renilson, Technical Manager and Deputy General Manager, Maritime Platforms & Equipment, QinetiQ Sea Division, UK, will make the ceremonial presentation of water from the Froude Tank, which will be added to the water in Davidson Laboratory's high-speed towing tank. The water presentation will be followed by a demonstration of the tank by Professor Raju Datla at 3:15 p.m.

Sessions for the Technical Symposium, Dec. 12-13, will held in the Bissinger Room, 4th floor of the Wesley J. Howe Building. The schedule follows.

Tuesday, Dec. 12:

8:00 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.: Welcome

  • Dr. George Korfiatis, Dean, Schaefer School of Engineering
  • Dr. Michael Bruno, Director, Davidson Laboratory, Center for Maritime Systems

9:00 a.m.: Michael Bruno, A Brief History of the Experimental Towing Tank at Stevens

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Naval Engineering Research and Education

  • Paris Genalis, Office of Naval Research (ret)
  • Roger Compton, Dean and Professor, Webb Institute and President, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Model testing: State of the Art and Future Trends
  • Bill Day, Head, Resistance and Powering Division, Hydromechanics Department, David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock Division, NSWC
  • Ian Campbell, Wolfson Unit, MTIA, England
  • Emilio F. Campana, Head, Resistance and Optimization Division, INSEAN, Italy

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Lunch

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Model Testing: State of the Art and Future Trends (continued)

  • Lex Keuning, Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (invited)
  • Martin Renilson, Technical Manager and Deputy General Manager, Maritime Platforms & Equipment, QinetiQ Sea, Haslar Marine Technology Park, UK
  • Odd M. Faltinsen, Professor, Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU):"Challenges in experimental and numerical modeling of high-speed marine vehicles"

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Tour and demonstration of the Davidson Laboratory High-Speed Towing Tank

6:00 p.m.: Cocktail reception

7:00 p.m.: Dinner. Keynote speaker: Dr. Daniel Savitsky, Professor Emeritus, Stevens

Wednesday, Dec. 13

8:00 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: The Experimental Method in Ocean Engineering

  • Rick Mercier, Director, Offshore Technology Research Center, Texas A&M University
  • Charles W. Henoch, Hydrodynamics Branch, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, R.I.
  • Thomas Herrington, Stevens Center for Maritime Systems, "Progress in Small Model Testing for Multiple Applications"

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Coffee break

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm.: Yacht design

  • Frank DeBord, Chesapeake Marine Technology LLC, "Hydrodynamic Performance Prediction for Grand Prix Sailing Yachts"
  • Halsey Herreshoff, President, Herreshoff Marine Museum, "Role of Tank Testing in the Evolution of America's Cup Yacht Design"
  • James Teeters, Teeters Yacht Technology, "Upwind Sail Aerodynamics"

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Lunch

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Advances in Experimental Hydrodynamics

  • Prof. Ronald W. Yeung, University of California at Berkeley, "Multi-Hull Configuration Design - Hybridizing Theory and Experiments"
  • Alexandra Techet, Center for Ocean Engineering, MIT, "Applications of High Speed PIV"
  • James Duncan, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland


About Stevens Institute of Technology
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. Located directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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