The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was organized in 1893, to advance the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering.
You can even attend for discounted or free if you volunteer from 6 to 14 hours. http://snameconvention.com/volunteer/
The SNAME Maritime Convention brings together the global maritime community’s best and brightest minds to discuss, debate, and build the industry’s future. Explore cutting-edge technical presentations, discover new products and opportunities, expand your network of leading international experts, and invest in your career. SNAME means business.
Hyatt Regency Houston
Wednesday to Friday
24 Oct through 28 Oct 2017
See the schedule of exhibitors and presentations here: http://snameconvention.com/schedule/
Might be a good chance to network.