(Re)introducing Thad Yukna, IYRS Student Ambassador



A recently retired helicopter instructor pilot from the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Thad graduated from the Boatbuilding and Restoration Program at IYRS in June of 2017, and has returned to the school to continue his education with the Marine Systems Program. 

Originally from Brockton Massachusetts, his love for boating was developed as a child on a small pond in Lakeville rowing around in a wooden dingy built by his grandfather. After 26 years in the Army, Thad retired in 2015 and began a long anticipated transition to a new career that included the enjoyment he feels being in, on, and around boats and the sea. After completing the BBR Program in June it was apparent that having the skills and certifications afforded by attending Marine Systems would be a great advantage when working in the industry. With the support of his wife and their loyal canine companion, who is only mildly annoyed at the small reduction in daily walks, Thad is diving headlong into the program, excited about his future.