Lou Codega's Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum Vitae


January 1995 - September 1998: President, Louis T. Codega, Naval Architect, P.C.

July 1985 - Present 1995: Consulting Naval Architect

Provide engineering, design, testing and consulting services on all aspects of recreational, military and commercial small craft design, construction and testing. Primarily perform and direct original design work based on boat builders’ requirement, first producing conceptual designs and later complete, ready for construction, design and engineering packages. Also perform design reviews, structural analyses, stability analyses, powering assessments, and propeller selections. Recommend solutions to performance and structural problems. Optimize existing structural designs for least cost or least weight, as well as develop construction procedures and sequences. Serve as expert witness in litigation involving design, construction and maintenance of small craft.

September 1998- January 2002: CSC Advanced Marine

Provided design and engineering support to recreational and commercial boatbuilders, including the design and construction engineering of production sportfishing boats and a 164’ motor yacht for charter service. Other major projects have included the evaluation resistance and powering calculations for high speed patrol craft and the development of boat owners’ manuals. Provided consultation and engineering support to USCG on numerous projects, including: project providing justification to GAO for replacement of major cutter assets in support of Coast Guard’s Deepwater program; development of a workpackage to replace RHIB cutter’s boats with aluminum work boats. Performed conceptual designs for 135’ and 155’ trimarans for USNAVY service.

April 1990 - November 1991: Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc.

Performed engineering and design tasks for recreational, military and commercial craft.  Provided design and conversion services, including hull form definition, propulsion system design, structural and stability calculations, and design reviews. Conducted full scale tests for powering and stability. Served as expert witness in craft design litigation.

June 1984 - April 1990: NAVSEA Combatant Craft Engineering Department

Directed and executed all aspects of military small craft design, construction, scheduling and maintenance. Led a team of engineers responsible for conceptual, preliminary and contract design drawing and specification packages. Participated in all facets of the source selection process, including developing and defending design parameters and craft capabilities, review of contractor bid packages, and pre-award surveys. Conducted construction supervision surveys. Wrote construction and repair specifications. As the department’s expert, was responsible for powering predictions and dynamic stability evaluations for almost all boats designed by the department. Developed, implemented and served as both test engineer and trial captain for full-scale test programs for powering, sea keeping and stability.

November 1981 - June 1984: US Coast Guard First District

Prepared drawings and specifications for cutter maintenance, repair and conversion projects, for hull, outfit and machinery, and supervised others doing the same. Provided on site job supervision and served as COTR on commercial and government contracts for routine and emergency availabilities. Provided emergency damage assessments and repair recommendations. Performed calculations for docking and stability. Resolved long-standing machinery vibration problems aboard WHEC-378. Assisted type desk officers in developing specifications for difficult or unique maintenance items. Developed automated system for tracking work package items from ships force through completion of yard availability. Scheduled, implemented and oversaw WHEC major yard availability at CG Yard. Developed Standard Specifications for common repair and maintenance yard items. First line supervisor for three civilian and military personnel.

July 1978 - November 1981: US Coast Guard Headquarters

Participated in preliminary and contract design phases of Dual Draft Icebreaker and Arctic-Lakes Icebreaker programs. Developed model test programs, oversaw model construction and testing in open water and ice. Developed preliminary and contract design calculations and drawings, including Lines Plans. Oversaw full scale ice testing of first 140’ icebreaker. Participated in evaluation of prototype 110’ SES.    


M.S. Naval  Architecture and Marine Engineering,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, September, 1981.

B.S. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, June, 1978.


1992 - Present: Society of Boat and Yacht Designers

1992 - Present: American Boat and Yacht Council

1989 - Present: SNAME Power Craft Panel (Chairman, 1989-1992)

1989 - Present: SNAME Small Craft Committee

      • 1980 - Present: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
      • AWARDS
      • 1991:  Vice Admiral E. L. Cochrane Award for the best paper presented to a SNAME Section, for "Dynamic Stability of Planing Boats."
      • 1986: Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia, No. 16617
      • Speaker, International Boatbuilders' Exhibition and Conference, Miami, Florida, February 1993 and 1994; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, February 1995, 1996,1998, 1999, 2000,  2001 and 2002.
      • Louis T. Codega, “Hines - Farley 63, The Engineering”, Professional Boatbuilder, August/September 1998.

        Louis T. Codega and Rob Mazza, "The Cored-Bottom Controversy", Professional Boatbuilder, February/March 1998.

        Louis T. Codega, “The Dynamic Stability of High-Speed Boats”, Professional Boatbuilder, October/November 1994.

        Donald L. Blount and Louis T. Codega, "Designing for the Atlantic Challenge,"  Paper  presented to SNAME, Hampton  Roads Section, October, 1991.

        Donald L. Blount and Louis T. Codega, "Dynamic Stability of Planing Boats," 4th Biennial Power Boat Symposium, SNAME Southeast Section, Miami, Florida, 1991, and Marine Technology, January, 1992.

        Louis  T. Codega and James W. Lewis, "A Case Study in Dynamic Instability in a Planing Hull", Marine Technology, April, 1986.

        Lyssimachos  Vassilopoulas, Ronald E. Beck, and Louis T. Codega, "Diagnosis and Correction of Propulsion System Vibrations on the USCGC  HAMILTON," SNAME, New England Section, September, 1985.

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