There have been significant improvements in the process design function in today's shipbuilding industry. There has however been little focus on integrating, perhaps through radical design changes, all the engineering disciplines associated with shipbuilding. A major challenge in U.S. Navy ship design in the 21st Century is ensuring performance and affordability with a reduced crew size while also maintaining high reliability and damage control. This challenge is particularly evident in the design of vessels to meet the Navy's new and emerging needs in the littoral zone. These needs require fast, relatively small vessels capable of operating in the range of weather and ocean conditions encountered in the littoral environment while also meeting the Navy's payload requirements.

The Atlantic Center for the Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships (ACCeSS) was founded in 2002 to address this issue by focusing on two key areas. First is in establishing an environment where engineering disciplines associated with hull design and ship automation can be brought together within the context of the total ship system architecture, thereby facilitating the creative knowledge development, educational changes and discipline integration required for true innovation. Second is the utilization of this unique education and research environment in the recruiting, training and long-term career development of the best and brightest young engineers in the U.S.


  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
    Dr. Michael S. Bruno, PE, Principal Investigator, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science.
  • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
    Dr. Manhar Dhanak, Professor & Director of SeaTech.
  • Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
    Dr. Fotis Papoulias, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
    Jennifer K. Waters, Associate Professor, Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.
  • University College London, London, U.K.
    Dr. Richard W.G. Bucknall, Director of MSc Marine Engineering, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Group, London. 
  • Webb Institute, Glen Cove, New York
    Dr. Richard A. Royce, Assistant Professor of Naval Architecture.
  • AMSEC LLC Group
    Dr. John C. Daidola, PhD., Senior Vice President, Manager Commercial Operations.
  • Lockheed-Martin Corporation, Baltimore, Md.
    C. Graber, Manager, Marine Systems Business Development, Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems - Marine Systems.

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