Close this search box.

NETSCo Announces Winners of the SNAME 2018 Student Design Competition

NETSCo is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Design Competition held recently during the 2018 SNAME Maritime Convention in Providence, RI. Many interesting designs were devised with over 150 students participated in the competition. Congratulations to our winning teams: First Place Team 9 – Black Friday; Second Place, Team 8 – PlayBuoy; and, Third Place, Team 5 – Team Boats.

 The Competition is organized by the SNAME Student Steering Committee (SSC), and sponsored by NETSCo Naval Architect and Maritime Engineering, was created to keep students both engaged and entertained while solving a maritime design/build challenge using strict guidelines. With less than two hours to design and construct working models, the ten teams created vessels to compete in a series of two, timed runs and were scored based upon a pre‐determined formula.

Theodore Kardaras, Vice-Chairman of the SNAME Student Steering Committee said, “NETSCo has sponsored the Student Design Competition for the past ten years knowing that there is nothing more important than bringing students together from all around the globe in order to exchange ideas and collaborate in the completion of a challenge.”

“Each year we are excited to see such a large number of students participating,” said Richard Mueller, NETSCo President and CEO.  The SSC does a great job inspiring the youth to pursue a career in the maritime engineering field and we are happy to support their efforts.”

Student competition Group 9
First Place Winners: Team 9 – Black Friday [Not in order of photo] Stephen Bruno Yellow, USCG Academy; Anthony Rkza, Stevens Institute of Technology; Joseph Lodge, Stevens Institute of Technology; Andrew Mueller, Stevens Institute of Technology; Benjamin Lee, Webb Institute; Nick Jabs, USCG Academy; Anika Szuszman, University of Michigan; Martine Montgomery, Florida Atlantic; Thomas Schubert, Virginia Tech; and, Jared Schwallie, University of Michigan.
Team 8
Second Place Winners: Team 8 – Playbuoy [not in order of photo]: Tybalt Lea, Memorial University; Candace Wiwel, University of Michigan; Vessica Suarez, California Maritime Academy; Cooper Mitchell, Florida Institute of Technology; Aldric Terral, California Maritime Academy; Charles Schertzing, University of Michigan; Hannah Waddeau, USCG Academy; Benjamin Taminceiz, USCG Academy; Martin Jacoby; Universidad Technologica Nacional; and, Nicholas Stryker, Stevens Institute of Technology.
Team 5 Team Boats
Third Place Winners: Team 5 – Team Boats [not in order of photo]: Taylor Campbell, Webb University; Kelly Bodeman, Stevens Institute of Technology; Sean Hughes, Webb Institute; Declan Gaylo, Webb Institute; David Rose, USCG Academy; Ian Ferguson, University of Michigan, Maggie Stagner University of Michigan, Jack Bonoli, Stevens Institute of Technology; Andrew Pidduck, Webb Institute, Menelaos Papdop
 Other Student Competition Teams

About SNAME Student Steering Committee

The Student Steering Committee (SSC) is a standing committee of student representatives given the unique opportunity by SNAME to help guide the Society and make it responsive to its younger members. The SSC is comprised of volunteer students from undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduates from around the globe, all committed to active student participation within SNAME. The committee is led by five elected student officers, and the student chairs from all Society Student Sections.


Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc. (NETSCo) was formed in 1984 to provide engineering, design and consulting services. The specific goal was to foster lasting relationships with every client and to share the unique talents and experience of our personnel in developing methods and systems that a ship owner or operator could incorporate to make the vessels, crew and loading/unloading terminals work more efficiently. Today, NETSCo is one of the most respected maritime engineering firms in the United States and is a leader in offering end-to-end solutions to complex maritime problems.

Latest Posts