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NAME Endowment Fund

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
64 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on August 31, at 11:59 PM CDT
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NAME Endowment Fund


The School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) at the University of New Orleans was established in 1980 on demand by the local shipbuilding and offshore industry. Since then the School of NAME has provided the marine industry with well-educated graduates and supports its progress through basic and applied research. We offer the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (BS NAME)
  • Master of Science in Engineering (MSE NAME)
  • Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science (PhD NAME)

Our graduates are on high demand and find positions usually well before their actual graduation in a wide range of marine enterprises including ship and yacht builders, offshore companies, engineering and design consultants, software developers and others.


As you probably know, State funding to the University has been dramatically decreased over the past decade and more financial request has been put on students and their parents. For example, in 2004 70% of our funding came from the State, today it is less that 30%. Considering this change in funding model, UNO and NAME are taking a greater private philanthropic approach to achieve the funding required to continue educating and training future professionals. With your generous donation, you will be contributing to the future success of the NAME program.


Starting this past Spring semester, NAME offered a dedicated marine hydrodynamics laboratory course for the first time.  Revenue from the endowment will support the growth of the NAME program, student scholarship, as well as acquisition of tools for model making, sensors, and data acquisition systems.  Initially, only small improvements will become feasible, and as the endowment grows, continued investment into UNO's naval architecture and marine engineering education will become a reality.

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Gifts in support of the University of New Orleans are accepted and managed by the University of New Orleans Foundation, an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents.  Contributions to the University of New Orleans are tax deductible as allowed by law.  


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Thomas Andrews

The principal architect for the infamous RMS Titanic


Arthur Charles Kerr-Trimmer

An aviator, naval architect, and civil engineer


Jacques-Noël Sané

A French naval engineer and one of the most successful shipbuilders of the Age of Sail.


Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps

Naval Architect and Olympic athlete


Robert Fulton

An American Engineer who developed the first commercially successful steamboat.


Uffa Fox

An English boat designer and sailing enthusiast


Andrew Jackson Higgins

Founder and owner of Higgins Industries, the New Orleans-based manufacturer of "Higgins boats" during World War II. His landing craft participated in every major invasion of the war, including North Africa, Sicily, Italy, D-Day at Normandy, and the islands of the Pacific, including Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.


Joshua Humphreys

Official naval constructor and architect of the USS Constitution. His vision was the ship could either outrun or outgun the British ships. His design proved to do both, having never lost a battle.