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ABB’s Schwarz honored with Kings Point McReady Award

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Schwarz is 51st recipient of USMMA McReady Award

Edward Schwarz, Vice President at ABB Marine and Ports, has received the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Admiral McCready Award, becoming its 51st recipient.

Schwarz (a 2000 Kings Point graduate) leads ABB’s efforts to bring new technologies to traditional vessel applications. This includes the first all-electric zero emissions vessels for the Maid of the Mist Corp and other game changing efforts to solve modern maritime environmental challenges.

Edward A. Waryas, Jr., a Board Member at KNOT Offshore Partners, LP (NYSE:KNOP), who is the 43rd recipient of the award and Co-Chair of the award committee, made the announcement.

The Lauren S. McCready award is intended to recognize graduates of the United States Merchant Marine Academy who have made significant technical achievements in the marine industry or who have contributed organizational or managerial support to making such technical achievements possible. The Award is named in honor of RADM Lauran Strong McCready, the first and longtime Head of the Department of Engineering at the academy, located in Kings Point, N.Y.

Admiral McCready was one of the original founders and builders of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. McCready joined the staff of the U.S. Maritime Commission as Cadet Training Instructor in 1940 following a start earlier that year at the Maritime Officers Training School at Fort Trumbull.

In February 1942, McCready began the conversion of the Walter P. Chrysler Estate into the newly commissioned U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. He was the First Head of the Department of Engineering while simultaneously overseeing the physical construction of Fulton Hall. Over the next three decades he achieved the Engineering Department’s first accreditation, founded the Nuclear Program, and later was the first Director of the National Maritime Research Center at Kings Point.

The Admiral McCready committee is headed by Co-Chairman Ed Waryas KP ’70 and John Hatley KP ’76. Nominations for future awards should be forwarded to Edward Waryas at [email protected] or John Hatley [email protected]

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