Three Appointed To Key Positions At Morris Guralnick Associates

Three appointments to key staff positions were recently announced by Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc. (MGA), prominent San Francisco, Calif., firm of naval architects and marine engineers.

Henry Berk has been appointed chief electrical engineer. Robert K. Richardson has been appointed s e n i o r engineer in the MGA Structures and A r r a n g e m e n ts Section. Jal G. Patell has been appointed chief, Hull Department.

In making the announcement, Hugh F. Munroe, president and chief executive officer of Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc., said: "These three men bring to our organization a wealth of training and experience, including a variety of theoretical and practical applications of naval architecture This expertise is of great importance in this era of moder.n architectural and engineering methods, when so many projects call for the most highly sophisticated designs and systems possible today." MGA is presently providing design and engineering consulting services for many important commercial and government projects, including the U.S. Department of Energy's first Ocean Thermal E l e c t r i c Conversion (OTEC) platform.

Before joining the Guralnick organization, Mr. Berk served for 15 years with NL Petroleum Services, where he attained the position of senior supervisor of the Electrical Design Section. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at B e t h l e h em Steel Corporation's San Francisco shipyard, where he served as senior project engineer.

At NL Petroleum Services, Mr.

Berk was closely involved in the electrical designs of offshore oil industry vessels. He also received special training at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and at Bethlehem's former shipyard at Quincy, Mass.

Mr. Richardson followed the completion of his studies at the U n i v e r s i t y of California with three years' service in the U.S.

Coast Guard, where his duties included extensive review of oil industry vessel and equipment designs with special emphasis on safety, stability, and seaworthiness.

He attained the rank of lieutenant. Mr. Richardson also served with the architectural and engineering firms of J.J. McMullen, and Earl and Wright, the latter for 12 years, during which he served as naval architect on offshore oil industry designs, seakeeping studies, and hydrodynamics.

Mr. Patell, before his appointment to chief, Hull Department for MGA, served four years as a naval architect on the MGA staff. Following graduation from India's College of Engineering in 1941, he served with Garden Reach Workshops, Ltd., and Hindustan Shipyard of Calcutta, holding the position of chief naval architect at both facilities. His work included designs on tugboats, ferries, dredges, cargo and passenger ships, floating docks, and naval craft. Before joining MGA, Mr. Patell served six years with Global Marine, Inc., Los Angeles, as chief of the Naval Architecture Department, and was involved in the development of new designs of several offshore drilling rigs and a mining ship.

Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc. is now in its 33rd year of operation. The firm is presently e n g a g e d in several long-term projects for the maritime industry, the U.S. Navy and other commercial and government clients.

In addition to its headquarters office in San Francisco, the organization operates branch offices in San Diego, Calif., and Baltimore, Md.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 22,  Feb 1980

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