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Jerome H. Milgram, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the 2017 Gibbs Brothers Medal.
Over his 50-year career, Milgram has made countless contributions to naval architecture in areas such as theoretical hydromechanics, education, yacht design, environmental protection, and the practical arts of ocean systems.
During the 1980s, Milgram made numerous important practical contributions to the safety of the U.S. naval forces, including studies into the dynamics of extreme tension in open-ocean towing, which are now in use worldwide. He also played a vital role in educating the Navy’s ship design managers and program officers.
Also in the realm of safety, Milgram was also one of the early pioneers in the development of equipment for the cleanup of oceanic oil spills. His research also played an important role in our understanding of how oil slicks are dispersed by ocean waves and turbulence, as well as on the hydrodynamics of oil-water interfaces. One of his 12 patented oil-spill cleanup technologies, called SCOOP, used at offshore oil ports, was an outgrowth of larger systems that he designed, and supervised construction of, for the United States Coast Guard. His work in this field also delved into the hydrodynamics of gas-liquid plumes above offshore wells and the performance of offshore platforms during well-blowouts.
In addition, Milgram’s work into yacht design helped to lead eight America’s Cup design team to championships. For the 1992 AC campaign, Milgram was the design director and chief computer modeler.
Milgram is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering. Established through the Gibbs Brothers Fund.