Bristol Harbor Group announces two new hires

(BRISTOL, R.I.) — Bristol Harbor Group Inc. (BHGI) has announced two new additions to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Over the past three months Zachary Gilfus, naval architect, and Marissa Stutzman, mechanical engineer, have joined the team. 

Gilfus is the most recent addition to BHGI. He joined the team at the end of August as a naval architect and marine engineer. He graduated this past spring from Webb Institute in Glen Cove, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering. During his time at Webb, Gilfus interned at four different companies including Carnival Cruise Lines and General Dynamics NASSCO. He was given the American Bureau of Shipping Stevenson Taylor Award for best thesis. He passed the fundamentals of engineering exam in the spring of 2015 and was recently approved as a New York State engineer in training. 

Stutzman joined BHGI as a mechanical engineer in June. She graduated on the dean’s list in the spring of 2015 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering. During her time at Rensselaer, she worked on four engineering projects. Throughout her academic career she was the team captain for an NCAA Division III swimming and diving team. She was very active in many clubs and societies including the Society of Women’s Engineers and the Women’s Mentor Program among many others.

BHGI is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering firm specializing in commercial vessel design and consulting. Over the past 20 years, BHGI has produced more than 50 unique designs, to which more than 100 vessels have been built. These include barges, tugs, ATBs, passenger vessels, dredges and yachts. To learn more, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff