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Deadly Mudslide Claims Maritime Industry Veteran Steve Harris, PE

Rob Almeida
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April 8, 2014

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The deadly mudslide that destroyed a residential area northeast of Seattle on March 22, 2014 killed 34 people, including maritime industry veteran Steve Harris.  Steve was a registered professional engineer at the naval architecture firm Elliot Bay Design Group (EBDG).

The following is a statement released by the company today:

EBDG is deeply saddened to announce that our dear friend and colleague Steve Harris is among those missing in the recent Oso disaster.  Although he has yet to be found, the level of devastation wrought by the mudslide in Snohomish County makes it highly unlikely that authorities will locate any survivors. Our hearts go out to Steve’s loved ones as well as those of the other Oso victims during this time of uncertainty.

Steve Harris leaves behind a fine legacy of work that spans more than 30-years.  He joined Elliott Bay Design Group in 1998, and quickly distinguished himself as an expert in advanced structural finite element and hydrodynamic analysis.  He worked on a variety of engineering projects for clients throughout the United States and overseas.

Steve’s considerable shipboard and marine engineering experience encompassed extensive involvement in structural design work for the offshore industry in the Gulf Coast area and the North Sea.  His varied project portfolio included everything from US flag tankers to semisubmersibles to ocean energy research platforms.  Steve relished the challenges of field engineering where solid solutions were required to solve urgent client problems.

A registered professional engineer in Washington, Oregon and Texas, Steve expanded his capabilities in 2013 by earning a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. While a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, he published several papers on advanced structural analysis. Steve was a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a BS in Ocean Engineering.

Steve Harris was a remarkable engineer and professional, but above all a loving husband, father and friend.   He loved the outdoors and brought great energy to all of his endeavors.  His loss is a great one not only for those closest to him, but to our industry.  It was truly a privilege to have worked alongside Steve these many years.  He will be sorely missed.

From all of us at gCaptain we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who died in this tragedy.


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