On February 22nd 2018, The Society of American Military Engineers – Baltimore Post hosted the 2018 United States Naval Academy Engineers Appreciation Dinner at Alumni Hall on the grounds of the Naval Academy. The dinner is an annual event held in honor of the U.S Naval Academy Senior Class graduating with Engineering Degrees.

This years Keynote Address was given by Naval Sea Systems Commander – Vice Admiral Thomas J. Moore. A second-generation naval officer, Vice Adm. Moore graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Math/Operations Analysis. As a surface nuclear trained officer for 13 years, he served in various operational and engineering billets throughout the United States. Ashore, he served two years as a company officer at the United States Naval Academy. In 1994 VADM Moore was selected for lateral transfer to the engineering duty officer community where he served in various staff engineering, maintenance, technical and program management positions including, carrier overhaul project officer at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia. Moore became the 44th commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in June 2016. As NAVSEA commander, he oversees a global workforce of more than 73,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery and maintenance of the Navy’s ships, submarines and systems.

Honorees of the Bowman Scholar and Trident Scholar programs are recognized for their outstanding achievements during the event. The Bowman Scholar program recognizes Midshipmen Second Class (Juniors) who are seeking initial service assignments in the nuclear Navy. The Midshipmen are offered the opportunity to compete for appointments as Admiral Frank Bowman Scholars. When selected the Midshipmen participate in tailored research internships during one of the summer training blocks preceding first class year and participate in a special research-based learning opportunity during their last year as a Midshipmen. During the first year of commissioned service, Bowman Scholars will likely be offered immediate, one-year graduate education experiences at the Naval Postgraduate School, resulting in a Master’s Degree in a technical discipline.

The United States Naval Academy instituted the Trident Scholar Program in 1963 to provide an opportunity for a limited number of exceptionally capable students to engage in independent study and research during their senior year.  Under this program, midshipmen in the top 10 percent of their class at the end of the first semester of their junior year are invited to submit proposed research projects and programs of study for evaluation. Midshipmen selected to participate are afforded an unusually exciting educational experience. Additional honorees during the dinner included the 2018 Civil Engineer Corps Officer Selectees, the 2018 Engineering Duty Officer Selectees and the 2018 Schumacher Scholars.

The Society of American Military Engineers – Baltimore post and ARGO Systems, LLC sponsor and host the event each year with the generous support of sponsors throughout the engineering community. This year’s sponsors included, MC Dean, POWER Engineers, Rockwell Collins, KCI, First Command Financial Services, Capitol Power Group and JTS.