When Manuel Moreau, SM ’78, was a child, his father was an officer in the Spanish navy, and Moreau himself wanted to be an officer. Although at the age of five the side effects of antibiotics left him deaf in one ear, which means the Navy will never take him. “Instead of operating warships, I [decided to] Build them, “he says. Moreau now runs Spain’s top maritime design firm Ciples, designing ships for both military and civilian ships. Has also launched innovations for new oil and gas exploration platforms, and more recently, the firm has moved to clean energy with new designs for offshore winds.
Moreu came to MIT to study the 13th Ocean Engineering (which merged with Mechanical Engineering in 2005) course, focusing on fine particle analysis. “I didn’t need any coffee at MIT,” he said. “Since five in the morning, I’ve been getting the adrenaline I need for the whole day. My brain was constantly working on solutions.” After graduation, he and George Sandagorta, SM ’78, founded Ciples as a division of a British company; It eventually became a wholly owned Spanish company headed by Moreau. It employs 50 naval engineers, which sells for 2.4 million. In the 1990s, the firm designed state-of-the-art drill vessels and floating production storage and offloading units, combining production and storage on one ship.