William Hurley PE, President

William (Bill) Hurley has 37 years of experience in the marine industry, specializing in commercial vessel design and construction. He has participated in all aspects of naval architecture work, and is past President of Glosten. Bill joined Glosten in 1977, after graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Currently Glosten’s Chairman, Bill spends his time supporting Glosten’s Marine Renewable Energy business sector. This sector, established in 2005, applies Glosten’s engineering and analysis capabilities to the challenges of offshore wind energy, currently focusing on Glosten’s PelaStar floating turbine foundation.


John (Jay) Edgar PE, Chief Operating Officer

John (Jay) Edgar offers 26 years of experience in all aspects of naval architecture and marine design. At Glosten, Jay has been instrumental in the development and application of advanced design tools – including global and detailed finite element analysis, 3-dimensional modeling for visualization and interference control, and numerical lines fairing. Throughout his career, he has been a resource for development of creative design solutions and has been responsible for development, oversight, and delivery of many of Glosten’s largest and most complex projects.


Ben Ackers PE, Engineering Director

Ben Ackers offers 16 years of experience in the fields of naval architecture, ocean engineering, and analysis. Currently, Ben serves as Principal at Glosten and manager of the Ocean Engineering & Analysis Group. Ben’s leadership of Glosten’s offshore wind energy efforts include serving as Chief Engineer of the PelaStarTM ETI Demonstration Platform FEED Study, and representing PelaStar in the DNV Joint Industry Project to develop the DNV-OS-J103 design standard for floating wind turbine structures. Ben was also Project Manager of FEED of an Intermediate-scale TLP floating wind turbine for the University of Maine, and Program Manager for design and development of the US Missile Defense Agency’s mobile Sea-Based X-band Radar platform, SBX-1.

Ben’s technical expertise includes economic optimization of marine systems, hydrodynamics, vibration, marine structural dynamics, mooring system design and analysis, offshore structures, and marine system integration. A 1997 graduate of Webb Institute with an MBA from the University of Washington, Ben is an avid traveler and photographer.


Ken Fitzgerald, Marine Operations and Sub-sea

Ken FitzGerald has 25 years of international marine experience.  Ken has served as Project manager and designer of systems for a wide range of structures and environments, Owner’s Representative for world record embedded anchor mooring installation, and a Boeing SBX platform owner’s field representative for geophysical surveys, anchor performance field testing.  His experience also includes working as Project manager for a variety of projects, including design, review, and oversight of fendering systems for the Panama Canal Expansion project; modifications of the R/V Knorr for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s deep-water marine sediment coring system; and National Science Foundation review of research vessel deck gear specifications and wire safety factors.

Ken was also a field manager of ROV survey and 3D modeling of hurricane damaged oil structures, and a field oceanographer: Chartering and converting workboats, cruise planning, diving, deploying instrumentation and programming. A 1992 graduate of Louisiana State University (BOSIET OPITO, exp 2017), Ken is a lifetime waterman; he lives on a sailboat and circumnavigated the Pacific for two years.


Zenzile Brooks PhD, Communications

Zenzile Brooks supports the PelaStar team in business communications and client and investor relations. She has supported the foundation of PelaStar business development and communications strategy. Zenzile will collaborate with the broad partner teams to manage project and technology communications, and to build inclusive relationships with key stakeholders

Dr. Brooks is a graduate of civil engineering studies at the University of Southern California (B.S.) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.M., Ph.D.).