Remembering SAWE Fellow Al Tilley

From Al Tilley’s daughter Lynn: 

 I afraid I have sad news to share with you.  Dad passed away in the early hours of July 13th.  His heart and replaced valve began to fail and he was not a candidate for invasive measures given his overall condition.  

 His obituary can be found here:, the service has already been held.


This message was sent to Glen Matthews and forwarded to me by Kevin Tharp

Al Tilley was an SAWE Fellow associated with the San Francisco Chapter.  I will attempt to find someone to write an article for the Fall Journal.

Ron Fox

Executive Director

2018 Hampton Roads Coastal Virginia Regional Conference – Registration is Open

Dear SAWE Members,

As the President of the Hampton Roads Chapter, it is my pleasure to announce that our 2018 Hampton Roads Coastal Virginia Regional Conference and Planning Meeting on Mass Properties Engineering is officially open for registration through the SAWE website hereThe deadline for registering is September 6th, to ensure that we plan accordingly with the hotel for all those in attendance.

The conference is being held Thursday, Sept. 13th – Saturday, Sept. 15th at the Hilton Norfolk, “The Main”, in downtown Norfolk, VA.  The reduced rate for the hotel is guaranteed through August 22nd and reservations can be made either through a link provided at the end of your registration or via the conference website here.  I encourage you to visit the conference website to learn about the latest information for the conference.  “The Main” is downtown Norfolk’s newest and most modern hotel and we look forward to you all taking advantage of all that it has to offer and for enjoying all the local attractions that Norfolk and the surrounding area has to offer outside of the conference.

We have scheduled three training opportunities for the conference to include a class on Developing Basic Parametric Methods, which pertains to all of our industries, a new class titled Introduction to Marine Weight Engineering for Non-Naval Architects, and finally, Marine Systems Weight Estimating Methods based on SAWE RP-14.  Registration for training is available through the registration process.

We are actively seeking Authors and Presenters to continue to fill up our technical session and are working to secure a speaker for the technical lunch on Friday, Sept. 14th through the local Mariner’s Museum, dubbed America’s Maritime Museum by Congress, on the subject of the America’s Cup AC50 Wing Sail Racing Yachts.  The museum has an exhibit on display and we believe the topic speaks to all of our industries on the importance of mass properties in vehicle design.

We are also actively seeking Exhibitors and Sponsors for the event through the conference website to provide support for the conference and to showcase your products and services to others in the mass properties engineering industry.  Registration as a sponsor and/or exhibitor is available through the registration process.

As always, these conferences are a great opportunity to continue our involvement with the SAWE, stay connected on mass properties engineering related topics, exhibit our products and services, provide support through sponsorship, attend training, and visit a new location to take advantage of all the area has to offer.

I sincerely hope to see you all there and the Hampton Roads Chapter Host Committee is standing by to support you however we can as we invite you to our Regional Conference!

David S. Cash – Hampton Roads Chapter President