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RDML Paul F. Thomas, Co-Chairman U.S. Coast Guard

Biography: Rear Admiral Thomas serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directoraes, Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commerical Regulations and Standards. (MORE)

RDML Bryant Fuller, Co-Chairman U.S. Navy

Biography: Rear Admiral Fuller is the current Deputy Commander Ship Design, Integration and Naval Engineering (SEA 05), Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Navy's Chief Engineer. (MORE)

Mr. Jeffrey Lantz, USCG Commercial Vessel Engineering

Biography: Mr. Lantz is Director, Commercial Regulations and Standards (CG-5PS). His responsibilities include the development of U.S. national maritime safety and environmental protection regulations and policies, and overseeing U.S. initiatives in the development of international maritime safety, security, and environmental protection standards. (MORE)

Mr. Albert Curry, USCG Fleet Engineering

Biography: Mr. Curry currently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4D) for the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a 26-year veteran officer of the US Navy, and is a member of the Surface Navy and National Naval Officer Associations. (MORE)

Mr. Howard Fireman American Bureau of Shipping

Biography: Mr. Fireman, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, joined the organization in 2013. In his current role, Fireman is responsible for directing the society's technology resources and overseeing rule development initiatives, including their strategic alignment with ABS operating divisions. (MORE)

Dr. Neil Pegg Defence Research and Development Canada

Biography: Dr. Pegg has worked as a Defence Scientist for DRDC Atlantic for the past 24 years. Dr. Neil Pegg is currently the Head of the Warship Performance Section at DRDC and leader of the Naval Platforms Research Thrust, with his specialty being advanced analysis methods for ship and submarine structures. (MORE)

Mr. H. Paul Cojeen SNAME T&R Steering Committee

Biography: Mr. Cojeen represents SNAME and is an active member on the society's T&R Steering Committee, as well as the Committees on Hull Structures, Hull Instrumentation, and Ship Controllability. He is a retiree of the U.S. Coast Guard after 28 years of distinguished service, and currently volunteers on the CG Retiree Council and as mentor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. (MORE)

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Mr. Kevin D. Baetsen Military Sealift Command

Biography: Mr. Baetsen was named the Engineering Director at Military Sealift Command (MSC) in 2004. In this capacity, he directs the command's engineering, maritime regulatory body, safety, environmental, life cycle management and ship acquisition transfer programs and policy. (MORE)

Mr. Richard Wiersteiner Naval Sea Systems Command

Biography: Mr. Wiersteiner is the Director of the Ship Integrity and Performance Group (SEA 05P) at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). (MORE)

Dr. Thomas C. Fu Office of Naval Research

Biography: Dr. Fu is the Director of the Ship Systems and Engineering Research Division Sea Warfare and Weapons Department Office of Naval Research (ONR). He is responsible for research programs advancing hull, mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the National Naval Responsibiity for Naval Engineering. (MORE)

Mr. Kevin Kohlmann Maritime Administration

Biography: Mr. Kevin Kohlmann is the Director of Safety at the Maritime Administration in which he identifies safety issues for the maritime industry and recommends changes. (MORE)

For more information, contact: LT Joshua A. Kapusta - Executive Director, Ship Structure Committee.