Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Jonathan Holbert


Naval Architect/NAVSEA, Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock

Jonathan Holbert is an alumnus of the NAME Undergraduate class of 2014, and the Master’s class of 2015. He chose NAME because growing up in Southwest Michigan, he loved fishing and sailing and has grown to love the intricacies of systems engineering that Naval Architects examine due to the harsh and volatile ocean environments ships perform in.

He is passionate about Naval Architecture as it is a discipline that has gone on for centuries and is extremely important for shipping, transport, and Navies, and everything he does in his job is directly linked to keeping people safe. His first job out of undergrad was at Carderock, as a recipient of the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship with the Department of Defense (DoD). As an undergrad, he interned at Carderock through The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) after his freshman year. This was his most meaningful career project as he finally understood what was required for the application of what he learned in school, and was able to see all the hard work of Naval Architects come together as he saw the fleet and its officers in action.

After his sophomore year, he interned at Ship Architects, Inc. in Mobile, Alabama under former SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) President Joe Comer. During his time in the department, he was Commodore of the Quarterdeck Society, a NAME student organization and interned at the MHL (marine hydrodynamics laboratory). He cherishes his time in the department as it gave him lifelong friends and contacts, and meaningful technical knowledge in hydrodynamics and ship design that he incorporates into his work daily.

As a NAVSEA Naval Architect, he works on early stage conceptual design and project naval architecture support for acquisition programs and is able to travel between the different Warfare Centers and the NAVSEA headquarters in Washington D.C.