Marine Systems Faculty

Nels Larson | Lead Instructor

Nels has over thirty years’ experience in the marine industry. Graduating from trade school in 1983, he became passionate about sailing yachts during the America's Cup held that year in Newport, RI.

Nels has worked for prestigious yacht builders including Cambria Yachts and Ted Hood Yachts where he gained extensive knowledge in building and repairing onboard marine systems. Nels used his hands-on and client management experience to start his own company, Nordic Marine, which builds, refits, and repairs marine systems on notable yachts including Dorade, Santana, Oliver Hazard Perry and many others.

Nels holds an ABYC Master Technician certification.  

Scott Monroe, Ph.D. '17 | Program Manager

It was Scott's love of sailing that finally led him to IYRS. After a successful career in sales and marketing management in the biosciences and medical devices industries - and before that as an undergraduate instructor at Binghamton University - Scott ultimately decided to follow his passion into an encore career as a Marine Systems instructor. 

Scott enrolled at IYRS in 2016. His successful background in teaching coupled with his love of marine technologies and boating piqued his interest in working at IYRS. Scott has earned an ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) Master Technician certification in Marine Electrical, Marine Systems and Marine Diesel, as well as certification from the National Marine Electronics Association in Marine Electronics Installation.

Frank Sisneroz '18 | Program Instruction Assistant

Frank Sisneroz is the Program Instruction Assistant for both the Marine Systems and Digital Modeling and Fabrication Programs. He is also the Coordinator for IYRS' short-term workshop programs. Frank was a union electrician before graduating from the University of California at Irvine. Prior to starting his career in the maritime industry, Frank worked in health insurance as a program coordinator. He moved to Rhode Island from southern California, enrolled at IYRS shortly after, and graduated from the Marine Systems program in 2018. At IYRS, Frank completed his externship at Hunt Yachts and then was hired by Hinckley Yachts in the jet boat division as a traveling service electrician. Frank is a certified Marine Electronics Installer and is certified by the American Boat & Yacht Council inMarine Electrical, Diesel, and Marine Systems. Frank’s passion for sailing and service to others is what drives his enthusiasm and desire to help students achieve their educational and professional goals.