ODU’s Marine Engineering and Digital Shipbuilding Programs Featured at Harborfest « News @ ODU

By Joe Garvey

Students from the Old Dominion University chapter of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) presented the Marine Engineering program at Batten College of Engineering and Technology and the Digital Shipbuilding program at the Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center (VMASC) during Harborfest weekend in Norfolk.

Three members of ODU’s ASNE Chapter competed in the ASNE-SIKA Ultimate Build-A-Boat Challenge, which took place near the Half Moon Cruise and Celebration Center in Town Point Park. Chapter President Daniel Erdogan worked with Mark Anderson, a nuclear engineer at Norfolk Shipyard and a 17-year veteran of the boat-building event, as well as a team including Bruce Thacker and Nathan Wright.

They participated in the construction portion of the event at Harborfest on Saturday. The race part was postponed due to a strong thunderstorm.

But “in the spirit of improvisation for which the Ultimate Build-A-Boat Challenge is known,” races were held the following weekend in the Back Bay area of ​​Virginia Beach, Mike D’Amato said. from HHI’s Mission Technology Division, one of the event teams. organizers. Thirteen of the 17 teams originally entered competed, including the three ODU representatives.

Among the participating teams was a team from Hampton High School Maritime Academy. Jessica Johnson, Digital Shipbuilding Program Coordinator at VMASC, sits on the academy’s advisory board and is responsible for many of its program updates to include the addition of Industry 4.0 skill sets/ 5.0, such as digital shipbuilding and modeling and simulation.

Although the races didn’t take place during Harborfest, the event was still meaningful, said Joseph Kosteczko, deputy director of ODU’s digital shipbuilding, which relies on computer data rather than paper plans. to streamline the design process and make building ships faster and more cost effective.

“The Build-a-Boat Challenge and supporting students in ODU and the K-12 program at Hampton High is part of our core mission and is a fun way to demonstrate the importance of the skills needed to be successful in the field. dynamic maritime,” he said. said.

Teams submitted their designs two weeks before the competition and received building material kits on site.

ODU’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology and VMASC’s Digital Shipbuilding Program were among the co-sponsors of the event, along with many local maritime industry partners. Net proceeds go to fund ASNE’s mission areas in promoting the naval engineering, shipbuilding and ship repair industry, which also includes funding for engineering scholarships and programs STEM. The donors also covered all the costs of the teams’ participation in the event.

ASNE was founded in 1888 to promote research and development of new steam propulsion technology and new materials applied to warships.

ODU’s Department of Engineering Technology, home to the marine engineering major, was associated with the ASNE chapter of ODU, founded in 2004 by Tony Dean. He serves as a chapter advisor and is also a leader of the marine engineering honors minor at ODU.

“We are very excited here at ODU to nurture a new generation of future engineers who can join the industry which is currently experiencing significant skills shortages due to an aging workforce,” said Vukica Jovanović, President from the engineering technologies department. “These students and their problem-solving abilities will strengthen our local naval and maritime industry and, therefore, our region.”

VMASC’s Digital Shipbuilding Program was founded in 2018 through a Virginia Growth and Opportunity grant that established the Virginia Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program. Kosteczko was the program’s first recruit. It now has seven employees and could grow to 10 by the end of 2022.

The project has received nearly $8 million in research grants and has developed 29 digital shipbuilding/marine-related STEM curricula and curricula, which have been used to strengthen the maritime industrial base in Hampton Roads, Virginia. and throughout the country. Through these efforts, in 2019, then-President John R. Broderick announced a partnership that created the Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries Scholars program, which allows 10 and 20 ODU students studying shipbuilding digital to receive scholarships of up to $5,000 per semester.

“We at Digital Shipbuilding are delighted to join our fellow ODU teammates in the Engineering Technology Department, ASNE and industry partners to support and promote the future workforce of the maritime industry. “, said Kosteczko. “The primary goal when creating Digital Shipbuilding was to act as a collaborative catalyst to propel the marine industry into the future through research and workforce development.”

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