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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. Todd Grove American Bureau of Shipping

Biography: Mr. Grove holds the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for ABS. He is a 30-year veteran of the Classification society, and also has extensive experience in the offshore sector, having served as Director, Energy Project Development and Manager, Offshore Engineering. (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 Contollability. 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)

Ms. Julie Gascon Transport Canada

Biography: Ms. Gascon is currently the Executive Director, Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight and Boating Safety Division within the Marine Safety and Security Directorate of Transport Canada. (MORE)

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. Matthew D. Garner Naval Sea Systems Command

Biography: Mr. Garner is the Director of the Ship Integrity and Performance Group (SEA 05P) at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). As the Director and Deputy Warranting Officer, Mr. Garner leads a myriad of core engineering functions within naval surface ship and submariner fleets. (MORE)

Mr. John C. Pazik Office of Naval Research

Biography: Mr. Pazik is the Director of the Ship Systems and Engineering Science and Technology Division of the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He leads a group of scientists and engineers inolved in the development of advanced naval technologies. (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.