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Project Title: Revise and Update U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Stability Regulations

PIN: TRB-SASP-17-07        

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit:
RSO:

Hutchins, Mark

Subject/Focus Area:  Transportation and Infrastructure


Committee Membership
Date Posted:   01/25/2018


Mr. Eugene A. Van Rynbach - (Chair)
Eugene A. Van Rynbach, Chair, is a Vice President at Herbert Engineering Corp. (HEC), and manager of the Annapolis, MD office. He joined HEC in 2005 after an extensive background in the ship operation and engineering fields. At HEC he has worked on major ship design and conversion projects including designing new training ship for the US State Maritime Academies for MARAD, major conversion and upgrade of the FPSO EnQuest Producer, oversaw design of a suite of RoRo vessel designs for MARAD and other organizations for American Marine Highways; acted as owner’s technical advisor and carried out plan approval for multiple new construction projects, and designed many modifications, updated stability documentation and advised on major repairs for commercial ships.

Prior to joining Herbert Engineering, Mr. Van Rynbach worked for 15 years as Manager of Technical Services for the container ship operator Sea-Land Service and its offshoot U. S. Ship Management. His areas of responsibility included vessel new construction, conversions, major modifications and technical engineering including stability documentation. Earlier work included time with the American Bureau of Shipping doing plan review for mobile offshore drilling units and several years of seagoing experience as a USCG licensed marine engineer.

Mr. Van Rynbach received a B.Sc. degree, with Honors, in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Naval Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 and a M.Sc. degree, with Honors, in Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College in 1992. He is a member of ABS and SNAME. He received the Linnard Prize from SNAME for presenting the best paper at the 1995 SNAME Annual Meeting

Mr. Hendrik Bruhns
Hendrik Bruhns is a Naval Architect and holds the position of President of Herbert-ABS Software Solutions LLC. He started his professional career at MEC Marine Equipment & Consulting, working on container cell guides and lashing equipment. Later he joined the Stability Department of Germanischer Lloyd—heading from 2002-2008—where he was in-charge of plan approval, planning, coordinating and implementing all kinds of projects related to ship safety and environmental protection, particularly intact and damage stability, ballast water management, fuel tank protection and collision strength.

He has been a member of the German delegation for numerous committees and subcommittees at International Maritime Organization (IMO) and has chaired IMO working groups and coordinated correspondence groups. He was involved in numerous research projects, is a member of the Standing Committee of the tri-annual Stability Conference and head of the Technical Committee of the American Salvage Association. He was a member of the IMO Working Group on Subdivision and Damage Stability since 2002 and was the Chairman of the IMO/SLF Working Group on Subdivision and Damage Stability until 2012. Mr. Bruhns has an M.S. in Naval Architecture from University of Hamburg.

Mr. H. Paul Cojeen
H. Paul Cojeen currently volunteers as an Adjunct Instructor and “mentor-in-chief” for individual design and senior capstone design naval architecture classes at the United States Naval Academy. Prior, Mr. Cojeen served as Chief of the Naval Architecture Division for 22 years, within the Office of Design and Engineering Standards for the U.S. Coast Guard before retiring in 2008. In this position Mr. Cojeen led the division in its mission to enhance marine safety and environmental protection. Mr. Cojeen remained extremely active in the formation of national and international regulations and standards relating to the structure and stability of various commercial vessels. In addition, he led the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessels Safety. Mr. Cojeen has B.S.E. degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jaye Falls
Jaye Falls is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the United States Naval Academy. Prior, Dr. Falls served as a Consultant to the Oracle BMW Racing Team for the 2003 America’s Cup, supporting the design and structural analysis of racing yacht hull, mast, and appendages. Dr. Falls also worked as Senior Engineer in the Proteus Engineering Division at Anteon Corporation performing ship design and analysis for monohull, multihull, and submarine vessels. Prior to her time at Anteon, Dr. Falls worked as a Naval Architect at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

Dr. Falls received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, an S.M. in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Falzarano
Jeffrey M. Falzarano is a Professor of Ocean Engineering, and the director of the Marine Dynamics Laboratory at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He has over 25 years of experience as a tenure/tenure track university naval architecture and ocean engineering faculty member. His career has involved both teaching ship/offshore platform dynamics and naval architecture and researching in ship dynamic stability. He has supervised various sponsored and unsponsored research projects and graduated more than 50 doctoral, Masters (including several USCG officers) and Bachelors Honors students and served on additional graduate committees both at his home university and internationally. He has published more than 125 publications mostly in journals or refereed professional society conference proceedings. His publications are both read and cited extensively. His PhD dissertation and associated publications continue to be both read and cited extensively due to their originality and lasting impact on the field of nonlinear ship dynamics and stability.

He has devoted his professional career to the study/research of ship and offshore platform dynamic stability beginning in graduate school and continuing throughout his professional academic career. Based upon his significant original contributions to the study of nonlinear and stochastic dynamics of ships and marine structures, he was elected a fellow in both the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

He has served on numerous international advisory committees including both the International Towing Tank Conference and the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress. He has served as expert on ship dynamics and stability to the National Transportation Safety Board, The Marine Research Institute Netherlands, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center/Office of Naval Research (Mobile Offshore Base Project) and various companies. He has served and continues to serve as editor to various international research journals and session organizer to various international conferences. He is a member of various technical committees of professional societies including being recently elected chair of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers T&R panel on seakeeping.

He has given numerous invited lectures at various domestic and international universities and research institutions. He has given and coordinated numerous short courses at Texas A&M, at professional conferences and as visiting professor at other international universities and research institutions.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Falzarano worked for the U.S. Coast Guard design branch where he participated in the hydrodynamic design of a proposed SWATH patrol cutter and an icebreaker. Since then, he has also worked/visited/interned at various U.S. government agencies and labs and international research and academic institutions including the US Coast Guard Office of Merchant Marine and the American Bureau of Shipping (MODU Stability Project).

Dr. Falzarano received a Ph.D. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; MSE in Aerospace Engineering; MSE in Applied Mechanics, and an MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute.

Dr. Martha R. Grabowski
Martha R. Grabowski is the Distinguished McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, and Professor and Director of the Information Systems program in the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She is also a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. A current member and past chair of the National Academies' Marine Board and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, she is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies/National Research Council, and most recently chaired the National Academies’ policy study assessing the U.S.’ Arctic Oil Spill Response capabilities for 8 sponsoring agencies. In 2016, she was a member of the Marine Board committee examining legal impediments to U.S. flag shipping for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dr. Grabowski’s research focuses on the impact of technology on individuals, groups and organizations in complex, safety-critical systems; risk analysis and risk mitigation in largescale systems; and the role of human and organizational error in high consequence settings. Her current research includes development and evaluation of (1) advanced data analytics and visualizations for large-scale heterogeneous data sets, including waterway and vessel risk; (2) wearable, immersive augmented reality (WIAR) technology in safety-critical systems; (3) autonomous systems in remote and infrastructure-poor settings; and (4) dynamic resource allocation models and systems in the Arctic.

Dr. Grabowski is a licensed former merchant officer and retired LCDR in the US Naval Reserve. She received a B.S. in Marine Transportation/Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and an M.B.A., an M.S., Industrial Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Management/ Information Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Mr. William B. Hale
William B. Hale is the Vice President of Engineering at General Dynamics NASSCO, where he is responsible for all aspects of ship concept development, functional engineering, detail and production design, construction liaison, and post-delivery technical support. Mr. Hale has been with NASSCO since 1980, starting as a staff naval architect, and has served in various increasingly-responsible assignments in Engineering, Operations, Business Development, Contracts, and Program Management. Mr. Hale has participated in the design and construction of 85 ships across 24 different ship classes, for both Navy and commercial customers. Prior to NASSCO, Mr. Hale served as a Design Engineer for Rohr Marine, providing Naval Architectural support to the detail design of the US Navy’s 3KSES surface effect ship program. Mr. Hale graduated from Webb Institute with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and has an MBA from San Diego State University. Mr. Hale is a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, a member of the General Dynamics Engineering & Technology Council, and is active in SNAME at the local and national level.

Mr. Patrick E. Little
Patrick E. Little is a Vice President at Buffalo Marine Service, Inc., with a focus on safety and environmental management as well as towing vessel/tank barge construction and maintenance. He has extensive experience in standards development and compliance verification for commercial vessels, including offshore energy exploration and production systems. Mr. Little is skilled in leading interdisciplinary teams to resolve national and international technical, strategic planning, and policy issues, and served continuously with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from 1986 through 2012, when he retired at the rank of Captain (O-6). Mr. Little received an M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore, Maryland, and his B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Dr. Donald Liu
Donald Liu, NAE, retired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) after a 38 year career. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011, and is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He co-authored the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers book Strength of Ships and Ocean Structures. His research and interests have focused on finite element structural applications, ship structural dynamics, hull loading, structural stability, and probabilistic methods of structural analysis. Dr. Liu has been an active participant in key national and international organizations that are concerned with ship structures research, development and design. He served as the ABS representative on the interagency Ship Structures Committee, and member of the Standing Committees of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress and the Symposia on Practical Design of Ships and Mobile Units. He served as a member of the NRC Committee On The Oil Pollution Act Of 1990 Implementation Review, a member of the TRB Committee On Naval Engineering In The 21st Century, and a member of the NAE/NRC Committee On Best Available And Safest Technologies For Offshore Oil And Gas Operations: Options For Implementation. Dr. Liu also served as a Marine Board member of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board.

Dr. Liu has received numerous awards including the Sea Trade “Safety at Sea” award in recognition of his role in developing the ABS SafeHull system, the Rear Admiral Halert C. Shepheard Award from the Chamber of Shipping of America in recognition of his achievements in promoting merchant marine safety, and the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award in recognition of his contributions to marine safety. He was also the recipient of the David W. Taylor Medal from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Gibbs Brother Medal from the National Academy of Sciences for outstanding contributions in the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering. Dr. Liu received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a B.S. and M.S. degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.


Ms. Jane Louie
Jane Louie is a Naval Architect with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division and has more than 15 years of experience in Naval Architecture. Prior, Ms. Louie was a Principal Naval Architect at Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Ms. Louie has experience in all core topics of Naval Architecture, such as ship synthesis, hydrostatics, stability, weights, general arrangements, hullform design, hydrodynamics, resistance and powering prediction, and ship motion analysis. She has analyzed, designed, and tested software modules to interface with commercial software packages.

Ms. Louie is active with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), serving as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Professional Engineering Exam Committee, Chair and Vice-Chair, Chesapeake Section. At the national level, Jane served as Alternate VP of Knowledge Management, as Publications Chair, and on the SD-3 Stability Ship Design Panel. Ms. Louie is an active member of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Ms. Louie has a B.S. in Ocean and Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She has her Professional Engineer license in the state of Virginia.


Mr. John Womack
John Womack has practiced in the small commercial vessel field for 34 years, principally in the area small passenger vessels. During this time he has worked in all aspects of small commercial vessel design, construction and repair from the conceptual design through construction to the vessel’s final inspections and sea trials. Design responsibilities include all areas of the vessels’ stability, structures, machinery and piping systems, electrical systems, joinery and outfitting. Projects include the design of over 30 vessels including dinner vessels, overnight cruise ships, car ferries, and small oil and work barges. Current projects are the design of the latest generation of Western Rivers and small coastal overnight cruise ships. He also has worked in many aspects of commercial fisheries including vessel, plant & equipment design and operations, fishing vessel stability analysis, stock assessments, habitat issues, and crew safety training.

Mr. Womack is an active member in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and has served as the co-chairman of the Small Working Vessel Technical and Research Panel. Previously, Mr. Womack served as the naval architect representative on the USCG’s voluntary Commercial Fishing Industry Safety Advisory Committee, working to assist the USCG in developing new regulations, inspection programs, and voluntary safety. Mr. Womack received a BSE and MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Captain (Ret.) Ian W. Young
Ian W. Young, a retired Ship’s Captain, served his last 17 years at sea as a Master on University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) research vessels in worldwide service. Mr. Young graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a B.S. in Nautical Science and a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Unlimited Third Mate’s License. He has sailed on various vessels at progressively responsible positions, and obtained his Unlimited Masters License in 1991. As Master of a Vessel, Mr. Young was responsible for the safety of both vessel and crew and for conforming to USCG regulations and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards. Mr. Young is a retired Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve.