Church Joins Designers & Planners As Project Engineering Director
James W. Church has joined Designers & Planners, Inc. as director of project engineering. The announcement was made recently by Ferd Serim, president of the company. Designers & Planners is a firm of naval architects and marine engineering with offices in New York, Washington, and Galveston. In his new capacity, Mr. Church will be responsible for management of shipboard system programs, direction of major ship designs, coordination of engineers support to design teams, and direction of independent design review teams. He reports to Wolfgang Reuter, executive vice president. Mr. Church joins Designers & Planners after his r e t i r e m e nt from the Naval Sea Systems Command where he completed the last five years of a distinguished naval engineering career as ship design manager responsible for the direction of the designs of naval combatants and auxiliaries. Previously, he served as the deputy director of U.S. Naval Engineering staff in South Vietnam, as a supervisory naval architect in the Naval Sea Systems Command, and at the David Taylor Model Basin where he conducted fullscale trials, model tests, and computer simulations to assess the structural seaworthiness and controllability of naval suface ships and submarines.