So my sixteen year old son is starting to look at colleges. He is a junior in high school, we are boat schooling him with the Keystone School curriculum and he will receive a real high school diploma. He will be taking several AP courses (Physics & English this year, English and Calculus next year). His grades are solid but not perfect, he takes the PSAT this Saturday so we don't have much by way of standardized testing to work with yet.
He wants to design boats for a living, specifically small boats and sail craft. Some of you may remember a thread I started a while ago with some of his projects...since then he's come a long way. He's not specifically interested in designing things like tankers and so on, and a program focused on that without the opportunity to explore small craft would not be appropriate.
So I am starting this thread here because this is where the boat design wonks on SA tend to congregate. We can get a certain amount of information from Google and college web sites, but I am hoping to also get some insight here from more industry people (Will and Bob have been in touch, but I know there are others here!) as well as any alumni or people that are familiar with other programs I've missed.
In the U.S. we've come across a few programs, they seem to break out into colleges, maritime academies, and some that seem more trade focused; you may not come away with a reasonably rounded four year undergraduate degree from them. He's not as of now interested in a career in the merchant marine, but rather wants to be involved in the design and building of small boats which concerns me about the Maritime schools. USCG Academy and US Naval Academy offer programs as well, but I do not think this is what he is looking for given the consequent commitment to military service after graduation.
U. New Orleans
Texas A&M Galveston
Webb Institute (seems really small...information is spares)
Stevens Institute of Technology (is this a for-profit school?)
Virginia Tech (I think this is more focused on ships & engineering)
MIT (I include this since they list a major, but do not think he will have a shot at admission)
Maine Maritime Academy
International (We're not set on North America since we're not even there, but English Speaking...Osaka University is not an option!)
University of New South Wales
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Strathclyde
University of Southhampton
We also considered keeping him on board with us for another year or two while doing Westlawn correspondence before sending him off for a conventional degree, but as much as I'd love to keep him cruising with us I do not think that is the best alternative if one of these programs is more appropriate.
So...anyone with any insight in how to propel my son forward onto the design team for the 40th America's Cup or a career building performance cruising yachts...speak up! Any and all insight to any of these schools and programs or others is appreciated.