Member of the Month - July 2018
Meet July's ASNE Members of the Month - student committee chair Dominic Maier (VT) and vice-chair Patrick Lewis (Pitt)!
Michelle: What got you into Naval Engineering? (What specific event or moment).
Dominic: I heard that the navy had plans to expand and thought there would be excellent job openings in the future.
Patrick: In 2010, I was introduced to Naval Engineering experience when interning with Curtiss Wright, Electro-Mechanical Division (EMD). I was working with the electrical machines group when they landed a project designing the main propulsion generators for a naval platform. Before this experience though, my dad Bill Lewis was my true introduction to Naval Engineering, a specialist at EMD on the acoustical design of generators for naval applications. Upon continuation of my education into my doctorate program in electrical engineering, I have gained experience in power conversion research as well as interest in the power architecture challenges of electric ships. Attending the ASNE Naval Future Force S&T Expo 2017 was a key event in helping me to learn more about said challenges and the on-roads into Naval Engineering as a career.
Michelle: What is a fun fact most people don't know about you?
Dominic: I enjoy cooking and hosting small events.
Patrick: I have biked from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC on the Great Allegheny Passageway and the C&O Canal Towpath bike trails (320+ miles total). With friends and family I have made the trip two times now, both times camping along the trails. On musical note, I play the trumpet and the flugelhorn.
Michelle: What is one engineer/scientist/ or mathematician dead or alive would you like to meet?
Dominic: Slightly getting away from the question. I would enjoy having a sit down with both Issac Newton and Robert Hooke at the same time. That should make for an interesting conversation.
Patrick: Decidedly I would like to meet Nikola Tesla, the legend of electric power.
Michelle: If you could engineer your perfect concession stand/food truck, what would it be?
Dominic: A gourment Mac&Cheese truck with over 30 different types of cheeses including vegan options. Specials would include "Classic 2 cheese", "Meat lovers", and "Broccoli Daiya"(Vegan).
Patrick: That would be sushi. Yes, raw fish sounds a little scary from a food truck, but it would be amazing.
Michelle: Why are you a member of ASNE?
Dominic: I became a member of ASNE in order to make connections and further prepare and advance my career in naval engineering.
Patrick: I am a member of ASNE for access to the Naval Engineers Journal, as well as for the opportunities to participate as a student at the associated conferences. The networking opportunities have been incredibly beneficial.
Michelle: What does "Naval Engineering" mean to you?
Dominic: To me Naval Engineering is just a title for when any engineering field begins to intersect with ships/devices that interact with the water.
Patrick: Naval Engineering means the integration of cutting edge technology onto naval platforms, equipping our U.S. fleet with the best so that naval power might preserve peace.