Spotlight on marine engineering: Lina – Tous ensemble

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Meet Lina, maritime engineering and naval architecture student!

What are some really cool things marine engineers are working on?

Naval engineers and naval architects help design all types of ships used in the water. These ships can be warships, cruise ships, freighters and oil rigs.

Naval engineers and naval architects can do things beyond just designing ships. Some naval architects and marine engineers design water slides for cruise ships. Others are doing top secret research for the government. Some naval engineers help design surfboards with built-in hydrofoils. A graduate from my school even created LovePop 3D greeting cards using ship design expertise and showcased their idea on Shark Tank!

Can you tell us about some fun projects you’ve worked on?

The biggest project I’ve worked on so far was also one of my absolute favorites. This was my junior year small ship design project. Our class was divided into groups and each group had to design a different type of ship. Then we had to present our design to a panel of students, professors and professionals.

My group designed a ship that could be used as a ferry to the Bahamas. It would serve primarily as a disaster relief vessel in the Caribbean.

We spent months thinking about how the design should be. We had to think about how to shape the hull or the base of the boat. We also had to plan how to organize all the different spaces and systems on the ship. Because it would float, we had to find out how much everything would weigh. We wanted to make sure the ship didn’t sink and that it was safe. There are also a lot of rules that we had to make sure to follow.

We named our vessel the M / V Conchy Joe. There was a ramp for cars to go up and down. There was also a helicopter landing pad under which passengers could sit. We also designed it to have a crane at the back to lift the cargo. During the whole time that we worked on this project, we met naval architects and marine engineers who helped us improve our design.

It was a really fun and interesting project. It took a lot of work and our team stayed up late to work on it. I would say it was the best reflection of what a real job in the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering could be.

What do you like most about your school and its marine engineering program?

I love that my school’s Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program provides me with many practical opportunities all over the world. During my first year, I worked for two months in a shipyard in Washington. I have to help build great superyachts.

I also spent a week in the Cayman Islands as a consultant for a summer ship design camp.

During my second year, I was able to spend a semester abroad in England. I spent two months working on a ship in California as a cadet.

In my freshman year I spent a week in California for the SWE conference with the rest of the girls in my class which was really fun.

I worked for two months in Virginia for Gibbs & Cox, which is a ship design contractor. Being able to leave campus and participate in the industry while I am a student gives me a great insight into what to expect when I graduate.

What tips can you share with our readers interested in studying marine engineering?

Have confidence in yourself and in your abilities. Self-doubt is a really hard thing to overcome. I take care of it constantly. You have to trust yourself and get to work. It can be scary at first, and you might think you’re not meant for it. I promise you that if you put in the effort, you will definitely see the rewards!


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