Anaheim, Calif. – (Marine NewsWire) Jan. 20, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a leading manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointment of Mark Lougheed to their engineering team.
Lougheed brings more than 25 years of experience in naval engineering and project management to Willard Marine. Lougheed was most recently at Coast Dynamics Group as an Engineering Project Leader developing technology for SHOXS Seats. He was also the Senior Research and Development Engineer at Zodiac Hurricane Technologies, a division of Zodiac MilPro in Canada, where he managed the development of a line of composite and metal stepped hull planing boats.
At Elliot Bay Design Group in Seattle, Wash., Lougheed was a Structural Designer and CFD Analyst developing hull and superstructure shapes using 3D modeling, testing and data correlation. Lougheed was also the Chief Designer/Engineer at SAFE Boats International, managing numerous engineering projects and teams to address customer requirements, verification procedures, hydrostatic stability, weight and balance, powering and speed evaluation.
Lougheed has a Masters Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and an Associate of Technical Arts in Electronics Technology from Centralia College in Washington, where he also completed the Associate of Science Program in Mathematics. The United States Navy commended Lougheed in 2005 by including him in the “Naval Sea Systems Command, Engineer Team of the Year” award, for his role in the Small Unit Riverine Craft project.
“Mark is an enormous talent, and we are excited to leverage his diverse engineering and project management skills to improve and expand our vessel portfolio, ” said Ulrich Gottschling, president and CEO of Willard Marine. “Mark will be instrumental in enhancing and modernizing our recently acquired SeaArk Marine and Crystaliner boat designs, as well as new Willard Marine boats we will launch in the near future, ” he added.
About Willard Marine
With more than five decades of design, engineering and manufacturing experience, Willard Marine has developed more than 20 types of world-class watercraft for the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Department of Homeland Security, as well as NOAA, foreign governments, and federal and local law enforcement agencies. Top achievements include RIB supplier to the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years; ISO 9001:2008 certification; and production of a wide range of U.S. Coast Guard-approved and certified SOLAS rescue boats. The company, based in Anaheim, Calif., and with an East Coast facility in Virginia Beach, Va., is privately held.