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November 2, 2005

Kramek named SNAME President Elect
Admiral Kramek

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) named Robert E. Kramek president elect of the organization at its recent Annual Maritime Technology Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas.

Kramek will succeed the current President Dr. Roger H. Compton on the completion of the latter's two year term on January 1, 2007.

The SNAME president elect is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS, one of the world's leading international classification societies. Kramek is also a former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) from which he retired as a Four Star Admiral.

"SNAME provides an essential forum for the exchange of ideas, information and innovation between naval architects and marine engineers in the United States," says Kramek. "It is also one of the foremost technical bodies in the world that works closely with its counterparts in the other leading maritime nations. The continuing challenge facing the leadership of the Society is to effectively align its focus with the needs of the maritime industry while at the same time best serving the immediate needs of its members."

Founded in 1893 SNAME is an internationally recognized nonprofit, technical, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. The organization is dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering. It provides a forum for sponsoring applied research, offering career guidance and supporting education as well as enhancing the professional status and integrity of its membership. The society comprises over 10,000 individuals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

Admiral Robert E. Kramek graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Academy with a B.S. in engineering in 1961 and attended postgraduate schools at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alaska. He has received Master of Science Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management. He is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), a member of the U.S. Navy League, and a life member of the Reserve Officers Association. Along with these memberships he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Webb Institute and the Board of Advisors for the University of Michigan's School of Engineering among many other professional commitments.