MI Launches Faces of Naval Architecture Video Series
Monday, April 27, 2015

Imagine spending a year designing a ship to transport goods and people around the world, be energy and cost efficient and withstand pounding waves, fierce wind and crushing ice.

In a new video series launching this week, three Marine Institute students in the Diploma of Technology, Naval Architecture program describe their final ship design projects and the journey they took over their three years of education as they start their careers this spring.

With an eye for detail and an aptitude for design, naval architect students understand the art and science in a vessel’s curves and lines. In their final year, students put their knowledge to the test during the completion of an extensive ship design project of their choice, based on their own personal skills and interests.

The program itself is as unique as the students who enroll but they share a common interest in engineering, an aptitude for design and the ability to problem-solve.

Philip Goodyear is a native of Burgoyne’s Cove, NL. With a family history in the shipbuilding industry, naval architecture is in his blood. He found he could best express his creativity and artistry through MI’s naval architecture program. As part of his final project, Philip is designing a 290m Iron Ore Carrier capable of carrying 180,000 tonnes of pelletized iron ore from Africa to the Netherlands.

Former accountant Aron Ng was looking for a career change. Interested in architecture, a boating magazine piqued his interest around the possibilities of designing structures that could not only propel forward, but withstand the harsh conditions of the ocean and that’s what led him to the Marine Institute. As part of his final project, Aron is putting his art, economics and engineering skills to work in the design of a mini cruise ship which will operate in the icy conditions of the North Atlantic and Eastern Canadian Arctic.

For most of her life, Emily White has been interested in design and layout sparking her interest in the naval architecture at the Marine Institute. Her career goal is to become a ship surveyor helping vessel operators determine the cause of defects and damage and recommending possible fixes and preventative measures. Her final project is the design of a Pure Car Truck Carrier, an environmentally-friendly vessel carrying 4000 vehicles in the waters off Europe.

Soon Emily, Philip and Aron will join the hundreds of MI naval architecture graduates working all over the world applying their analytical, design, and surveying expertise in vessel design firms, shipyards and consulting engineering firms.

Their next vessel design may be the one that takes you across the ocean or around their world.