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  • What is PEP?
  • 2022 Competition Information
  • PEP Talks
  • Competition Rules
  • Internships and Job Opportunities
  • Sponsorships
  • Getting Started
  • FAQs
  • Modeling Software Options
  • 2018 Event Celebration

PEP Celebration is now Live!

If you have any additions, omissions, or images to share, please email Mike and we will update the page. Please feel free to share this link with family, friends and future competitors. Thanks for making this event special!

https://www.navalengineers.org/PEP2021

Interested in joining in the fun? The PEP program is still adding a couple more teams for the 2022 competition. We give grants to schools to help them compete in PEP and connect them with industry experts over the course of the year to facilitate their designs and fabrications. Students conceive, design, build, test and race their own craft for a five-mile race.

Collegiate teams can recruit new student engineers with this flyer, and sign up using this sign-up sheet. You can send the sign-up sheet and any questions to education@navalengineers.org.

 

Quick PEP Video Introduction

The Overview

Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft is an educational and competitive program to foster the development of electric boats in the United States. College teams are granted up to $7,000 and put in touch with mentors and online learning to ensure they can safely construct an electric-powered boat that can complete a five-mile race. If you read this material and still have questions, please contact us at education@navalengineers.org. The third PEP competition will be held May 2022 in the mid-Atlantic region. You can sign up by today by completing this application.

PEP: Powering the Future Workforce

The Naval Engineering community needs a more diverse, energetic workforce ready to tackle modern problems. PEP empowers students with knowledge and real-world experience. This senior project is consistently one of the most sought-after options in ME departments. This program brings new perspectives and new voices to the naval engineering, and prepares them to be successful upon graduation.

These universities and ASNE's form two legs of a three-legged stool that includes industry. These teams need industry partners to provide mentors, in-kind donations, and a window into professional naval engineering. These student teams are meeting virtually throughout Fall 2020 providing a unique opportunity for professionals to join the conversation for an hour or two, and help guide the future naval engineering workforce.

PEP includes nearly 80 college students in universities across the country. They need our help to complete this education and find their career.

PEP Updates

Congratulations to all PEP Participants!

July 21, 2021 was a great day for all PEP participants. Teams came from hundreds and thousands of miles after a pandemic-filled school year to enjoy the fruits of their labor. We were excited that all teams were able to compete, show off, and network. In the manned competition, the University of Kentucky Energized Outboards team finished in front of Michigan Solar Sea, Michigan E-Jetski, and Old Dominion University. In the unmanned division, Stevens Institute outperformed George Mason's craft and Virginia Tech looks forward to the 2022 competition.

Clip here to see our post-race recap.

Pre-Event Videos

These videos were part of the pre-competition outreach that generated more interest and excitement about the race. These teams started designing their craft months (and in some cases years) before race day. The hard work is done at the universities as teams chase bugs in their code, bend plywood, and create truly watertight connections. These videos document some of those excellent efforts.

Questions? Email Mike at any time.

Get Excited for Stevens, GMU, Catholic, and Michigan!

 

We are excited to announce that Dr. Maureen Foley will present Introduction to Requirements Definition and Materials Selection in Developing New Components for U.S. Navy Applications on March 19. Not only is she an expert in her field, but she is particularly passionate about engaging engineering students and answering their questions. You have investigated many materials through PEP and this hour-long presentation and discussion will help broaden your horizons in this critical, and growing, field. Register today!

MACC traditionally has a sizeable international audience so we are planning a hybrid conference. As you may have seen in previous conferences, we present technical presentations 48 hours before the conference and then have a Q&A session. We would love to have a video describing your design for this conference. This video could simply be a recording of your capstone presentation. Or, if you want to make a video after the semester that captures the engineering successes, you could also choose to make a special presentation that presents your work to a professional audience. As always, you can ask us for help if you have questions, thoughts or concerns about this opportunity.

The ASNE scholarships may not make sense for graduating seniors, but if you are considering graduate school or have undergraduate teammates, please share these $4,000 scholarship opportunities. We hope you apply. The scholarship is open to all students are engaged in engineering disciplines related to naval engineering. PEP participants and future PEP participants are at a particular advantage since you are already showing your involvement with naval engineering.

Before we get to MACC, ASNE is hosting the Intelligent Ships Symposium. Teams that investigated unmanned systems are particularly encouraged to investigate the agenda and drop in for a session that piques your interest. As always, registration is completely free for undergraduate students.

We have been touching base with your teams and know that this is a busy time in your schedule. I hope you find enjoyment in how much you, individually, and your team, collectively, are able to produce in this short period of time. Your first semester plans have probably shifted in some ways, but that planning is providing you with the structure and foundation to see this through to the end. We are so excited to you see you dockside on July 21, 2021 in Baltimore!

ASNE knows that PEP participants are working hard at all hours to get all the coursework done. Now that we have finally reached winter break, I wanted to personally reach out and see how we can work together before the start of the Spring semester. Here are a couple things you can use from now until December 31 to dive more deeply into aspects of naval engineering and electric propulsion:

  • Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium included numerous keynotes, presentations from materials engineer Dr. Maureen Foley, and presentation by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program that you should definitely consider at some point in your career (recordings here).
  • The Advanced Machinery & Technology Symposium included technical paper tracks on propulsion, power systems, controls, cybersecurity, energy storage and data analytics. The papers, PPTs, and videos of their Q&A are available here.
  • November's Combat System Symposium focuses more on the navy warfighting systems. Unless you have been really careful with your budget and an aggressive race strategy, there may not be as many useful resources here. But, keynotes and the voices of engineers in the field are always useful and you can check it out here.

Scholarships are now available! Independent of the PEP program, ASNE offers $4,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students engaging in naval engineering career paths. You can find all the details on the ASNE Scholarship page. Please consider it for yourselves and pass this information along to your friends.

We are looking to update the FAQs. If you have open questions that are still causing issues OR questions you had to resolve that would be better addressed in the beginning, please email us those details at education@navalengineers.org. Now that you can do exactly what you want, please push yourself to be the best engineer you can be!

This Fall all the hard work is being led by a dozen teams across the country. They have been imagining electrical power systems to ensure their craft can complete the five-mile course this summer. Some teams have spent time procuring the perfect hull for their crafts while other teams have designed their hull from scratch. This work involves engineering concepts like propulsion, drag, and power output. It also has forced teams to work with project management concepts like risk, budgets, and project timelines. They are also integrating technology like microcontrollers, simulators and computer-assisted design programs.

If you want to support this program, please email us at education@navalengineers.org. Thanks so much to all the PEP teams for your hard work this semester!

PEP is concluding its active recruitment of new teams; get your applications in soon! Our Summer 2020 pitch: If you are planning your senior capstone activities, count PEP in! We can grant your department up to $7,000 to ensure your PEP team has a successful year. Given current conditions, we foresee teams being able to connect virtually, work with design software, and share analyses. If you foresee a full school year of distance/modified learning, then we suggest the December deliverable is a Gantt Chart or 4D model that outlines how the team can assemble the components while meeting your school's social distancing regulations and best practices as outlined by the CDC.

We are here to help! Email us education@navalengineers.org this summer, in the fall, whenever you want to discuss how to make this project work with your unique situation. Or, simply complete the Corporate/University sign up form (only complete what addresses your situation). Thanks so much for your hard work to make this a productive year for these developing engineers!

Traditionally, May is when college seniors celebrate their hard-earned degrees and take a breath before joining the workforce or professional degree programs. PEP competitors added one key task to their year-end activities: documenting and distributing their work to future PEP teams. With this hard documentation work, 2020-2021 teams will be able to complete fabrication and testing. ASNE personally thanks each team member for spending the extra late-night hours on the PPTs, the 3D models, and the virtual documentation that will ensure the next PEP competition sees this design work through to the finish.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MACC conference and the PEP competition will be postponed until July 2021. Although we are saddened that this year's teams will not be able to participate, we are proud of the work PEP participants did to make this year a success despite incredible challenges. These students worked tirelessly to design and document these projects. THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication!

The Competition

2022 Route

Participants in the competition will be tasked with completing 5 laps of a short <1 mile out and back circuit in relatively protected waters. The competition is open to both manned and unmanned vessels, but participation is subject to compliance with all USCG regulations. Manned and unmanned vessels will race separately for safety reasons. Additionally, the competition organizers reserve the right to decline any vessel water access if safety concerns are present.

The Schedule

The competition will be held during May 2022, thus ensuring our competitors can join the in-person race before heading on to their jobs and internships. Competitors will be expected to launch their boats from the nearby boat ramp and have their boat race-ready after 15 minutes in the water. Competitors are required to pull their boats from the water at the conclusion of the competition. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of the must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space.

Competitor Incentives

As part of the PEP program, up to $7,000 technology mini-grants will be awarded to collegiate participants to encourage further innovation in electric power for small craft.

Top 3 Winners will be awarded cash prize in each class.

The Rules

Download a copy of the 2022 competition rules here.

 

While we finalize the 2022 competition rules, we are keeping the 2021 resources available to show the types of information we will release soon.

 

Teams Committed to the 2021 PEP Competition       (PDF of Rules)

 

  • Catholic University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Michigan
  • North Carolina A&T - Water Aggies
  • Old Dominion University
  • Princeton University - Papillon Rouge
  • Stevens Institute
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Washington
  • Widener University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Georgia

 

The Competition

2021 Route

Participants in the competition will be tasked with completing 5 laps of a short <1 mile out and back circuit in relatively protected waters of Curtis Creek and Arundel Cove. The competition is open to both manned and unmanned vessels, but participation is subject to compliance with all USCG regulations. Manned and unmanned vessels will race separately for safety reasons. Additionally, the competition organizers reserve the right to decline any vessel water access if safety concerns are present.

The Schedule

The competition will be held during the reception portion of the Multi-Agency Craft Conference, thus ensuring an audience for competitors. Competitors will be expected to launch their boats from the USCG Yard boat ramp late afternoon of July 21 as the MACC in-water demonstrations come to a close. Competitors are required to pull their boats from the water at the conclusion of the competition. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of MACC must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space.

Competitor Incentives

As part of the PEP program, up to $7,000 technology mini-grants will be awarded to participants to encourage further innovation in electric power for small craft.

Top 3 Winners will be awarded $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 in each class.

The Rules

Download a copy of the 2020 competition rules here. Updated rules will be released Spring 2021 after finalizing conversations with the USCG Yard. Teams can be prepared if they keep in mind these USCG Safety Rules.


The Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) is an open forum for the exchange of operational and technical information on small boats and craft between Government agencies and the maritime community. Information on new technologies and new product offerings as well as information on Army and Navy service craft, Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats, Navy and USMC expeditionary craft, and Naval Special Warfare craft are highlighted in chaired technical presentations, vendor and agency displays, and in-water demonstrations. Participants in PEP are entitled to one complimentary registration to MACC. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of MACC must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space. PEP vessels will otherwise be expected to trailer launch prior to the competition, and be removed from the water and USCG Yard following the competition. For more information on the Multi-Agency Craft Conference, please visit: MACC 2021 Conference Page.

PEP Talks: Professional Development Conversations for PEP Participants

Each PEP competitor is entitled to participate in these learning opportunities. These virtual sessions are designed to help you move forward in designing electric-propelled crafts.
Can make a live session? Don't worry, each event is recorded and will be linked here afterwards as an on-demand resource.

Fall 2021 PEP Talks

  • Office Hours with PEP Coordinator: Mike Briscoe (August 25, 2-3pm ET, recording and PPT deck)
  • Office Hours with PEP Coordinator: Mike Briscoe (August 31, 7-8pm ET, Recording is here; same PPT from 8/23
  • ASNE Webinar: Naval Ship Upgrades & Modernization (September 15, recording is here)
  • MegaRust Conference, Virginia Beach, VA (September 21-23, free for undergraduates)
  • Autodesk Conference (October 5-7, free for all, register at Autodesk University)
  • ASNE Webinar: Autonomy Classifications & Requirements by American Bureau of Shipping (October 13, 1-2pm ET, registration opens soon)
  • Siemens NX Student Day (October 8-11am PT, free for all, register at Siemens event page)
  • Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium, San Diego, CA (October 17-19, free for undergraduates)
  • ASNE Webinar: Zinc Coatings (November 2, 1-2pm ET, register for free today!)
  • Electric Propulsion Details: Ben Sorkin, Flux Marine (TBD, Winter 2021/2022)

Last Year's PEP Talks

  • Kayaks to Carriers: Part 1 (Dr. Leigh McCue, George Mason University) - Recordings are here
  • Kayaks to Carriers: Part 2 (Dr. Leigh McCue, George Mason University) - Recordings are here
  • "Electrical Systems for Motor Propulsion" (Dr. John Suarez, Widener University) - Recording is here
  • Discussion of GMU Hull & Process (Mr. Joshua Stickel, George Mason University) - Recording and Downloads are here
  • "Introduction to Requirements Definition and Materials Selection in Developing New Components for U.S. Navy Applications" (Dr. Maureen Foley, NAVSEA Composite Team Leader) - Recording and details are here!

Competition Rules

The course will be updated in August/September 2021 but the paramters remain the same. There are few design restrictions as long as you are making a craft that can safely travel 5 miles (and hopefully when the race).

For a downloadable version of the 2021 competition rules, please click here
 

The 2021 Course The competition course will begin and end at the white buoy to the southwest of the boat launch at the USCG Yard. Each boat is tasked with completing 5 laps (<1 mile per lap) with turns defined by the buoy and the railroad bridge (see image below). This short track course will allow for maximum visibility by MACC attendees and safety of those competing. Participants must not approach within 100 yards of USCG docked assets.

Safety Safety is our highest priority. Participants agree to obey safety instructions provided by competition organizers. Vessels that appear a hazard will not be permitted in the water. Vessels must comply with USCG safety regulations. PFDs must be worn by competitors when on the water and all vessels must carry a paddle or oar. While the MACC reception will be ongoing during the competition, competitors shall not consume alcoholic beverages prior to the competition. Inebriation is grounds for immediate disqualification.

A corporate sponsor will provide a chase boat for the competition. If you are in need of support, you will be able to signal the chase boat.

Qualifying Vessels Entry is open to any vessel, manned or unmanned, operating with an electric propulsion system. There is no minimum or maximum engine size or power output specified under these race rules. Vessels shall have appropriate fit and finish to appear sea worthy; no “Frankenstein” vessels. All vessels must comply with USCG safety regulations. Gasoline engines, recharging via an onboard generator, sails, and manual propulsion are prohibited during the competition. Competitors will not have a charging station available to them on site. All vessels must be equipped with sufficient battery storage to complete the race. Solar power and/or charging is permitted.

Vessel Classes The competition will have wave start times, to be determined on-site based on the number of entries within the class. Classes include:

  • Manned
  • Unmanned

 

For safety, unmanned vehicle entries will compete separately from manned vehicles.

Top 3 Winners will be awarded cash prizes in each class.

Participation in the Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) Each participant is entitled to one complimentary registration for MACC. The competition will be held during the reception portion of MACC on July 21, thus ensuring an audience for competitors. Competitors will be expected to launch their boats from the USCG Yard boat ramp late afternoon of July 21 as the MACC in-water demonstrations come to a close. Competitors are required to pull their boats from the water at the conclusion of the competition. Note, due to space constraints, anyone wishing to display their PEP vessel for the duration of MACC must separately purchase an in-water, static, or tent exhibit space. Charging facilities are not available at the waterfront.

Liability and Photo Release All competitors must complete the liability and photo release included on the last page of the downloadable competition rules. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must also sign.

 

Internship & Job Opportunities

Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft is made possible by generous support from the Office of Naval Research and supported by a community of naval engineers and engineering organizations. Many of these organizations would love to hire you for jobs and internships. We have noticed that the opportunity for virtual internships and work-from-home positions have not ended. Many of these positions are available from your living room!

That said, we know the value of shaking hands, looking eye-to-eye, mentoring lunches, and conversations over coffee. For young professionals, you may find the opportunity to live in a new area and develop new connections is infinitely valuable. In addition, you may want to attend one of our symposia for free to network with these companies and expand your network.

 

Internship Opportunities

    Northrop Grumman Marine System
    Lockheed Martin MST
    Huntington Ingalls - Technical Solutions
    Philadelphia Gear, A Timken Brand
    Noblis
    Deloitte Consulting LLP
    Fincantieri Marine Systems North America
    L3 Power & Propulsion Systems
    Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corporation
    NCP Coatings Inc
    ServiceNow
    BAE Systems
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
    Huntington Ingalls - Technical Solutions
    Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.
    SAIC
    Quantum Marine Stabilizers
    Hepburn & Sons

Sponsor

Promoting Electric Propulsion (PEP) for Small Craft is made possible by generous support from the Office of Naval Research under grant number N00014-20-1-2048. While the race is open to Students and Academia, small or large businesses, or individuals, ASNE is seeking monetary or in-kind industry sponsorships to promote STEM with the aim of having teams sponsored by at least one company.

If you would like to be a PEP sponsor Fill out this form and email it back to education@navalengineers.org

Getting Started

We know what you're thinking, "wow this sounds so fun now how do I sign up?" Great question, see the below for what to do next.

Step 1: Read the PEP Rules

Step 2: Sign up to be a part of PEP 2022

 

Step 3: Consider the educational opportunities this Fall and start connecting with local businesses that can provide in-kind donations and mantorship.

 

Fall 2021 goal: Strong design and production process presented to faculty and mentors.

To help you along your way, please watch the advice from PEP alumnus Mr. Joshua Stickel from George Mason University. These - recording and downloads include a hull design that you may choose to use in order for your team to focus more on the electric propulsion design.

 

Spring 2022 goal: Complete the fabrication and testing of each component and the integrated system.

 

Need to spread the word across campus?

Click here to download the PEP flyer

For questions, please contact: education@navalengineers.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What regulations/resources should we consider?

A: There are some national regulations to keep in mind and use as a resource to make sure you are abidding by best practices. We are not adding requirements to the competition, but encourage teams to consult the resources we use to help inform professionals in this space. Specifically,

  • IEEE's Recommended Practice for Electrical Installations on Shipboard--Electrical Testing (IEEE Std. 45.6™)
  • NEC's Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers (ANSI) (NECA 230)

In addition, if you have specific questions about your designs, test results, or simulation data, please send us an email (education@navalengineers.org and we can connect you with some professional engineers familiar with this issue.

 

Q: What should race conditions should we expect?

A: We hope it will be calm, but please be prepared!

We are planning to host the 2022 race in a venue similar to Curtis Creek. That Creek connected to Patapsco River and is in open communication with the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, the race will be held during the afternoon hours when Summer weather in our area can be a bit unsettled. These factors make it important for teams to plan on wave conditions that could be 1-1.5 feet. Because these water ways are protected, we expect weather conditions to reflect the 2018 environment as seen in these videos (race conditions July 2018 video 1 and video 2).

 

Q: What types of turns are involved in the race?

A: The race will be counterclockwise requiring 9 left turns.

 

Send us your PEP questions to us at education@navalengineers.org and we will publicize your success!

Modeling Software Options 

 

AutoDesk

Students can freely use all AutoDesk software, including CFA software, for free (list of free AutoDesk software). In addition, their Knowledge Center.

 

Sim-Flow

A strong CFD simulation package available to all. If you want to quickly dive into this program, check out this Propeller example.

There are a series of 3-4 minute videos by SimFlow that work through 20 aspects of the program in succinct snippets.

 

OpenFOAM

This open source program is completely free although there is less documentation readily available for this software package. You can download the program for free (click here for download options). The training on their website is your best option (click here for their training homepage).

 

Ansys

They make free student software available to all. And, we also encourage teams to consider exploring the 15 free courses on fluids, flows, and simulations (click here for course catalog).

 

Siemens

There is free FEA software, but the CFD software is not freely available. You can investigate their pricing options page. If your school already licensed the software, you may want to watch this marine engine webinar.

 

 

More Questions?Email us at education@navalengineers.org

Videos from 2018 

Check out the 2018 race highlights reel and interview with ONR Program Manager Steve Russell to learn about the context and sights you will get to experience dockside at PEP!

The winner of the 2018 PEP competition in the Small Business category was Pure Watercraft Inc, with an average lap time of 3' 5". See highlights from their victorious run.

The winner of the 2018 PEP competition in the Individual category was the Electric Umiak, with an average lap time of 44' 4". See the Umiak in action in the video below.