Eric Greene founded Eric Greene Associates, Inc. in 1988 to advance our understanding of composite materials for marine structures. Engineering advanced materials for marine structures, understanding the performance of composites in fires, composites education and renewable energy are the primary areas of corporate expertise. Eric Greene Associates, Inc. clients range from the recreational megayacht industry to the military, allowing for technology transfer between diverse industries.

Mr. Greene authored the highly acclaimed book MARINE COMPOSITES.  He served as an adjunct professor at Webb Institute where he developed and presented a course on marine composites.  He has also developed training material for the American Boat and Yacht Council and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Eric Greene Associates remains focused on large composite structures for naval, commercial and recreational applications.  We also direct our composite manufacturing knowlege towards the emerging fields of Ocean Renewable Energy and Shellfish Aquaculture.  Composite structures will allow us to transfer from prototype demonstrators to solutions that can be fielded in quantities with life cycle costs that ensure economic viability.  

Mr. Greene has been appointed Project Leader for International Electrotechnical Commission TC 114 62600-2 to revise design requirements for marine energy systems.  The recently published Technical Standard provides the essential design requirements to ensure the engineering integrity of wave, tidal and other water current energy converters, referred to as marine energy converters (MECs).

Eric is a lifelong sailor and his experience sailing through hurricanes in the 1972 Bermuda Race and 1979 Fastnet Race instilled a deep appreciation of the power of the sea.   He and his wife Lynn raised three children on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  Eric grew up on the Great South Bay and Long Island Sound and has also lived in Florida and the Puget Sound area.  Mr. Greene received his S.B. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979.

Eric Greene
Naval Architect
Eric Greene Associates, Inc.
Paul Miller
Professor, Engineering Department
United States Coast Guard Academy

Dr. Paul Miller joined the faculty of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering section of USCGA in 2017 after serving on the faculty of the United States Naval Academy for 18 years. His experience includes ship design, research, construction, maintenance, repair and operations. He has worked on a variety of different vessel types, ranging in size from 40" radio-controlled models to supertankers and aircraft carriers. His primary research focus is advancing the state of design practice for marine composites through cost and weight-efficient-effective structural design, fabrication efficiency and quality issues.USNA Offshore Sailing Team and lectures on the topic of heavy weather sailing.

Previously, Paul has worked with various America's Cup syndicates and as an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding in San Diego.

Professor Miller received a Doctor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. His dissertation was on marine composites fatigue durability and testing.

Paul and his wife Dawn used to race two International Sailing Canoes they built.  When not varnishing, they are often out in their 1962 Herreshoff Rozinante ketch.

Donald Webster
Senior Agent, University of Maryland Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources and Sea Grant Extension Programs

Donald Webster joined the University of Maryland in 1974 to develop extension education programs in Marine Science. His work with Chesapeake Bay issues led to a career path in developing commercial aquaculture including collaboration on projects for new species and production methods, which led to economic growth and innovation in the industry. He has been the author of book chapters, research reports and extension manuals and has organized many statewide, regional and national conferences. He recently served as editor for the Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center, located at UMCP.

Webster has been a member of many state and national commissions and task forces and currently chairs the state's Aquaculture Coordinating Council, which recommends policy initiatives to the Governor and General Assembly. His work in aquaculture policy assisted in the revision of Maryland shellfish leasing program for the first time in over a century and he directs a project providing training for the industry, which has created economic growth and employment while aiding the environment.

As a lifelong diver and instructor, Webster has engaged in scientific diving operations locally and has served as Secretary to the UMCP Diving Control Board. He has served on the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Faculty Senate and has participated with his department and college on many committees including work on management, organizational, and promotion and tenure issues.

Mr. Webster was selected the first extension chairman of the University Senate in 2014.  Don received his M.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2003, a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Rhode Island in 1974 and an A.S. in Commercial Fisheries and Marine Technology from the University of Rhode Island in 1973.

University of Maryland Aquaculture

Jonathan Colby is the Director of Technology Performance for Verdant Power, a marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy device developer headquartered in New York, NY. He has been with Verdant since 2006, initially as a hydrodynamic engineer, and has held his current position since 2014. With Verdant, Mr. Colby supports a broad range of activities to successfully demonstrate MHK energy generation in the United States and abroad. He is actively involved in the design, manufacturing and testing of Verdant Power’s Kinetic Hydropower System (KHPS), and the prediction, measurement, and analysis of loads on the KHPS and components. He supports the resource assessment, environmental monitoring and regulatory compliance at existing Verdant project locations and resource assessment and feasibility analysis at new sites under consideration.

Mr. Colby holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from the College of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Colby is actively involved in Standards and Conformity Assessment through the IEC and the US National Committee. He currently serves as the Chair for the IEC/TC 114 (Marine Energy) and as the Chair for the Marine Energy Operational Management Committee under the IECRE. He participates on a number of committees to support standards writing and certification for marine energy and the larger renewable energy industry. Mr. Colby was an IEC Young Professional in 2011 and was awarded the IEC 1906 Award for his work with the IECRE in 2015.

Verdant Power

photo by Jennifer Leahy

photo by Verdant Power

Jonathan Colby
Director of Technology Performance
Verdant Power

Mr. Colby has significant experience in the operation of grid-connected MHK energy converters, including the assessment of power performance and turbine-turbine interactions within arrays. He has played a lead role at Verdant’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project (East River – New York, NY), the first tidal energy project to receive a federal commercial license in the United States.