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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: Industry Insights Panel

December 10, 2018
UBC MEL in NAME Industry Panel

On Tuesday 4th of December key members of British Columbia’s Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) community came together at UBC.

This was a chance to meet current NAME students in the Master of Engineering (MEng) and the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) degrees.

It was also an opportunity to learn about the latest research happening at the University of British Columbia and to discuss new initiatives for 2029 and beyond.

Led by industry experts and UBC Professors, Jon Mikkelson and Dr Chris McKesson, the initial discussion centred upon research proposals by Jasmin Jelovica and Associate Professor Rajeev Jaiman. This research is primarily focused upon data-driven computing and gaining a further understanding of fluid-solid and fliud-fluid interfaces. This also provided the opportunity for feedback from industry leaders Robert Allen and Dan McGreer.

NAME Industry Experts Courses Taught
Dan McGreer
Principal Engineer, Vard
Adjunct Faculty Member
NAME 591
Jasmine Jelovica
Assistant Professor
Seaspan Shipyards Chair in NAME
CIVL 437/MECH 487
NAME 501
Richard Greenwood NAME 566
Robert Allan
Executive Chairman of the Board, Robert Allan Ltd.
Adjunct Faculty Member
NAME 591

 

The meeting then moved into an in-depth look at the current research being completed as part of the NAME program, being led by Chris McKesson. It delved into the work completed on a research boat to determine the best location of a drag indicator. Whilst this research is ongoing, the work so far has achieved encouraging results.

Finally, the members of the meeting discussed plans for the Master of Engineering Leadership in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and the Master of Engineering degrees post 2018. There was deep consideration into the future needs of the industry and how those needs could be met through these programs. The discussion and key insights from Richard Greenwood and Jon Mikkelson provided a solid platform upon which to build.

One key takeaway was the need for engineers to have a greater understanding of the business elements required in decision making.This understanding would impact upon all levels of the skip design process,from materials and project management through to timelines and modelling. The MEL degree was identified as a key disruptor to the industry and a valuable addition to the UBC Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program due to its hybrid offering.

A number of UBC degree and research projects could not function without the insight and commitment of it industry partners. This meeting was an example of the close relationships the University of British Columbia has formed with industry specific influencers to bring greater opportunity to its students and the wider community.

We look forward to collaborating further in the future and continuing to develop the already strong relationships between UBC and its industry partners.

For more information on the UBC Master of Engineering Leadership in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering learn more from our program pages

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