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Consulting Engineers


Christopher D. Barry, PE: Mr. Barry has 31 years of experience in the marine industry, including commercial, military and recreational small craft, offshore oil systems, commercial and Navy ships, high-speed propulsion systems and amphibian and swimming armored vehicles.  A 1974 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering / Naval Architecture, Mr. Barry is also licensed in both mechanical engineering (in California and Washington state) and in naval architecture and marine engineering (in Washington state), has won the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer’s (SNAME) Elmer Hann Award, and holds two US patents in high speed marine craft. 

He has worked for ship design and offshore civil engineering firms in San Francisco, London, and Seattle, and for shipyards near San Diego and Seattle.  He currently is a lead technical naval architect with the Boat Engineering Branch of the U.S. Coast Guard Engineering Logistic Center, responsible for engineering for new acquisition and support of the Coast Guard’s fleet of boats and patrol cutters, including new design, stability and structural analysis and investigating accidents and correcting problems.  His previous experience includes safety verification testing of recreational boats, design of numerous aluminum, steel and fiberglass boats and small ships, and a wide variety of design and analytic tasks on existing vessels.  His experience covers recreational craft, fast craft, ferries, fishing boats, tankers and miscellaneous ships such as oceanographic research vessels, cargo ships and cable layers.

Two of his notable projects include development of a high water speed armored amphibian vehicle for the Marine Corps using a revolutionary hybrid hydrofoil concept and development of integrated CAD/CAM systems to improve shipyard productivity.  He has written technical papers for the American Society of Naval Engineers, SNAME, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and special symposia in subjects including propellers, high speed craft hydrodynamics, ship production, ferry systems, propulsion and structure.  He has also written numerous articles for the popular boating press and for trade journals, and is a frequent speaker at industry trade conventions.  He is a member of SNAME and serves on SNAME technical and research panels including SD-3 (Stability) and O-36 (Maritime Economics).

Eric Greene, NA is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. (1979) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Mr. Greene specializes in advanced materials applications for marine structures. His firm, Eric Greene Associates, Inc. performs naval architecture and engineering service for government and commercial clients. He has completed the design of several custom recreational vessels currently in operation.

Mr. Greene has extensive knowledge in composite materials both in application and in performance related areas. Mr. Greene's firm is involved in several projects for the Navy and the USCG pertaining to composite materials performance, shipboard vibration measurement, and composite's fire test evaluation.

Eric has completed a comprehensive study of marine composites for the Ship Structure Committee, which is an inter agency organization. SSC-360 summarizes the state-of-the-art for FRP in marine structures. Subject areas include applications, materials, design, performance, fabrication, testing, and an extensive reference section. The report covers theory as well as accepted industry practice. Material engineering and cost data are presented to facilitate rational design. Production and advanced fabrication techniques are described.

Mr. Greene worked under contract with the American Bureau of Shipping in the development of the ABS Naval Vessel Rules. His support was specifically in the area of composites. Mr. Greene helped Hogdon Yachts of Maine secure funding for design and construction of a composite alternative to the MK V highspeed craft used by Special Forces with the goal of shock mitigation. Mr. Greene also assisted with preliminary design of laminate schedules and structural arrangement

Eric developed a presentation titled “Thermo-Mechanical Testing of Marine Laminates” for the Office of Naval Research Workshop on Analytical Modeling of Composite Ship Structures during and After a Fire on 16-18 July 2002, in Arlington, Virginia. The presentation built upon earlier SBIR research. Mr. Greene also developed a teleconference learning presentation for The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing titled “Composite Material Flammability Teleconference,” presented June 27, 2002. The Composite Material Flammability presentation was specifically designed to meet interests on the performance of composites in fires specific to NASA and the aerospace industry. Large-scale testing of composite structures for other transportation applications was covered

Eric is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE, the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). He has authored numerous articles published in technical journals and recently updated his highly acclaimed reference text "Marine Composites."

Guy Nolan, PE, is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Mr. Nolan also holds masters degrees in naval architecture, marine engineering and mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in the state of Michigan.

Mr. Nolan has extensive knowledge of the federal requirements contained in Coast Guard regulations. He has particular expertise in Subchapter "T" passenger vessels. He is well versed in the procedures for performing inclining experiments and other stability related calculations. He also has experience in the design, construction and operation of barges, FRP vessels, casino boats and recreational boats.

During his career with the USCG he was a shipboard engineer, Marine Inspector, Staff Naval Architect; Assistant Chief, Inspection Department, Portland, Oregon; Chief Environmental Protection Branch and Port Management Branch, Marine Safety Office Portland, Oregon. He ended his Coast Guard career at headquarters, Washington DC in the position of Chief, Stability and Subdivision Section.

Mr. Nolan is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).

Richard Akers PE, is an electrical engineer and naval architect with over 25-years experience in consulting engineering.  His firm, Ship Motion Associates, specializes in computer based design and analysis of high-performance boats, including powering requirements, structural analysis, and performance in planning and sub-planning conditions.  He also develops hydrodynamic analysis programs for naval architects and boat builders.  Richard also performs general naval architecture consulting including preliminary and detailed design. 

Richard is well versed in electrical and electronic systems used aboard yachts and small craft and is a certified Electrical Marine Technician by the American Boat and Yacht Council. Mr. Akers is also "ABYC Standards Accredited".

He also holds licenses as a Professional Engineer in the states of Maine and California.  Richard is a member of the following professional organizations: The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; and Masters of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Professional Degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan.  Richard is also the author of numerous papers and articles presented to technical symposia.

Jack Flaig, MSME, MBA is a well known within the recreational boating industry with twenty-five years of experience with OMC in management positions and he has also served on the board of directors of NMMA, AMEM and ABYC. 

He began his career at Outboard Marine Corporation as a product engineering manager in the large outboard group. He moved on holding positions as VP, Engineering responsible for all outboard and stern drive engineering design and development and research. He was responsible for the development of direct fuel injection products, jet drive and integrated packages. When BRP took over the engine products he was responsible for the government and special products development.

Mr. Flaig served in the US Navy as an engineering officer. He earned a Masters Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School, and Master of Science and Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. 

Paul Kamen, PE: Mr. Kamen holds a B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture (1973) and an M. Eng. in Naval Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley (1979). He is a licensed mechanical engineer (California).

 Paul Kamen began his professional career with the commercial ship design firm Morris Guralnick Associates in San Francisco, where he was involved in the design of large scale ocean thermal energy conversion platforms as well as a variety of ship design and conversion projects. Subsequently at Arneson Marine, he acquired a specialty in surface-piercing propulsion systems and developed software to predict the performance of very high speed planning hulls.  

 Since 1990, Paul has been an independent naval architecture consultant specializing in small craft accident reconstruction and surface-piercing propulsion. Projects have included the analysis and testing of novel configurations of hybrid hydrofoil and planing hulls, yacht performance analysis, and reconstruction of personal watercraft, parasailing, tubing and sailboat accidents.

 Notable publications and presentations include:

 “Personal Watercraft Steering, Braking and Testing,” Chesapeake Power Boat Symposium. "An Overview of Ocean Renewable Energy,” SNAME annual meeting. "Forensic engineering of propeller contact injuries," National Academy of Forensic Engineers and American Academy of Forensic Scientists. "Urban Passenger-Only Ferry Systems," SNAME annual meeting.

He has also authored over 300 articles on sailing theory, practice and politics for the regional sailing magazine "Latitude 38" as a featured columnist since 1980. 

 Paul Kamen serves on the Berkeley Waterfront Commission, the US Sailing District Appeals Committee (for sailboat racing rule appeals), and on the Boards of the San Francisco Bay Yacht Racing Association and the Berkeley Racing Canoe Center. He is a certified US Sailing racing rules judge, and a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the American Academy of Forensic Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Richard (Dick) Blackman, BSEE: Richard retired from the USCG Office of Boating Safety in 2010 having been a general engineer in the Product Assurance Branch. His duties at the USCG included subject matter expert in Carbon Monoxide, Propeller injury and navigation lights. He was also responsible for ensuring boat manufacturer compliance with federal recreational boat manufacturer statues and regulations.

Richard monitored boating accidents and assisted in the development of additional manufacturer regulations and standards. He consulted with manufacturers, boaters and other interested parties in the interpretation and application of USCG boating safety regulations and standards.

When employed by the USCG he was their representative to technical standards committees of: Underwriters Laboratories, Society of Automotive Engineers Marine Technical Committee, and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). He is the current Chair of the ABYC Navigation Lights and Galvanic Isolators Project Technical Committee (PTC).

Prior to the USCG Richard was involved in various US Navy shipboard projects as a civilian and as a Navy officer and enlisted man. He is a member or past member of ABYC, ASNE, Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association, IAMI, SNAME, and the USCG Auxiliary.

Richard was graduated from Marquette University with a BSEE in 1972. He has completed the comprehensive and advanced National Boating Accident and Analysis courses of the National State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). He is ABYC Standards Certified, ABYC Marine Systems Certified and ABYC Diesel Engines Certified.

Outboards and Outboard powered boats

Bernie Bergen,  40 year career with Mercury Marine, Fon du Lac, WI. Bernie's last position was as Original Equipment Manufacturer Product Application Engineer, a resource within Mercury for technical and service assistance and support for independent and captive boat companies rigging with Mercury product lines and accessories.  Prior to this position he spent five years in field service in the South East United States providing on-site assistance in maintaining closer relationships with boat builders in this region. During this time he maintained and utilized company resources to support customer endeavors; dealer meetings, on site rigging training, prototype testing, tournament support, magazine and photo opportunities.  He maintain a complete propeller and parts trailer and company vehicle. He developed and produced training materials, service literature, manuals, and bulletins.  He provided in house support for four other OEM service managers in the field.

As a Senior Technical Writer, Outboards he created Owner’s Manuals, Installation Manuals, Service Manuals, and Accessory literature for pilot, pre-production, and production outboard motors, components, and accessories. Bernie wrote complete service manuals for four (4) outboard models purchased from an offshore manufacturer. He instructed field service personnel and service training instructors on new and revised products. As a Senior Outboard Product Assurance Engineer he prescribed qualification testing for four (4) state of the art engine families, tested products and components produced by domestic and offshore sources; insured compliance to U.S. and International Standards; i.e., UL, SAE, ABYC, ASTM. As a Chief Inspector, Machining Operations he was responsible for all inspection operations associated with a diversified machining operation, incoming, in process, vendor, and finish goods inspection.

Bernie owns and races outboard powered hydroplane boats.

Marine Diesel Engines and Transmissions

 Bill Naugle spent his almost 40 year career with Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois in there Marine engine and marine transmission division, retiring in April 2002. He began with Caterpillar in 1963 as an inspector of engine parts, completing visual, hardness and magnaflux tests on parts. He then moved into the test lab as a technician testing marine and diesel engine cooling performance. He spent 1974-1980 as a design engineer completing field-testing of marine transmissions. 1980-1985, as a senior design engineer, he designed a new line of seven models of marine transmissions for the 500-5,000 hp marine engine applications. He then moved to Application engineering (1985-2002) in marine diesel engines solving application problems, installation problems, and ensuring the installations met Caterpillar requirements.

In addition to the above Bill worked with the Caterpillar powered race endurance boat team in application selection, installation and was a part of the crew.

 Bill has over 22 years of personal boating experience.


Gregory Davis, began investigating marine occurrences in order to determine the cause and responsible party or product in 1973. He is president of the marine survey and engineering firm, Davis & Company Ltd., the largest in North America. He is the only Marine Surveyor to have presented primary research papers pertaining to In-Service Failures in recreational craft, at international symposia: The 4th and the 6th International Marine Applications of Composite Materials Conference's. He has authored various articles on marine fire cause and origin, and other articles on marine surveying that have been published in various trade journals. He has been a conference speaker before many marine and industry groups.

Greg is the marine industry representative (guest to the committee) on the National Fire Protection Association 921 fire and explosion investigation guide's new marine fire chapter.

Greg is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner (Fellow) of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators, a Certified Marine Surveyor by the National Association of Marine Surveyors and was Chair of the NAMS Yachts and Small Craft Technical Committee (2000-2008). He is "ABYC Standards Certified". and completed the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) Marine Accident Investigation (MS101) course.

Mr. Davis has been an instructor in Marine Accident Investigation for ABYC. He has instructed (IAMI) International Association of Marine Investigators, Inc. members in the same topic at their St. Louis, MO annual conference. He was an instructor on boat fire investigation at the 55th annual conference of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI).

He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) serving on their Ship Technical Operations O-45 panel (Fire Protection and Safety), served on the Board of Directors of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) 1999-2005, and is currently a member of the ABYC Technical Board. He is a permanent member of standard 303 committee, "Marinas and Boatyards" of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is a member of The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and other marine professional organizations.

His biography appears in "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" and "Who's Who in America", published by Marquis Publications. 

Captain Larry J. Balok, USCG (Ret.): Larry spent twenty-four (24) years as a US Coast Guard Marine Safety Officer in positions of responsibility on:

                         --Commercial and Recreational Vessel Casualty Investigator

                        --Accident Reconstruction for major ship collisions

                        --Hull and Engineering Inspector: Steel, Wood and Fiberglass

                        --License Examiner for Commercial Vessel Officers

                        --Federal Prosecutor in Administrative cases involving Licensed and

                          Documented Seaman.

                       --Federal Oil Spill On-Scene Coordinator

 He was member of or chaired twelve Major Marine Casualty Boards, conducted, assisted and\or reviewed over 1000 Marine Casualty Investigations.

 He is an experienced Navigator and Ship Handler on US Navy /Coast Guard vessels. He has been a practicing marine accident reconstruction consultant since 1993. We first meet him when he was the Commanding officer of the Marine Inspection Unit in Chicago, IL. He now resides in Bradenton, FL.

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