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Panama Canal Administrator Presents Expansion Program

Jorge L. Quijano at Conference

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano presented the Panama Canal Expansion Program during his recent visit to Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas. During the conference, Quijano highlighted the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on the U.S. Gulf ports, focusing on those located in Texas. “An important number of the vessels of various segments that transit the Canal today have as port of origin or destination the U.S. Gulf ports. Furthermore, once the Panama Canal Expansion is concluded there is also a great potential for exports of shale gas from this specific area that could use our waterway to markets in the Pacific,” Quijano said. Local maritime sector including stakeholders from the ports of Houston and Beaumont-Port Author, Sabine Pilots Association, as well as Lamar University’s faculty and students attended the conference. During a meeting of the Lamar University College of Engineering Advisory Council, Quijano, a Lamar University alumnus, received two awards in honor of his distinguished career in the Panama Canal. He was awarded the Texas Industrial Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements and dedication to the industrial engineering profession. Dr. Brian Craig, chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering of the College of Engineering at Lamar University, presented Quijano with the award on behalf of the University of Texas - Arlington, the University of Texas - El Paso

JLG and Penn State Form JLG University

JLG Industries, Inc. has formed a corporate university called JLG University. Additionally, an alliance with Penn State University has been created to help accomplish the University's goals. The new University represents the company's proactive approach to providing the skills needed to maintain leadership in world markets. While many aerial work platform companies provide short-term proprietary courses, JLG University is the industry's first training alliance between a major university and a

New Naval Engineering Education Center

The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) signed a contract agreement May 6 to establish a Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC).  The purpose of the NEEC will be to educate and develop world-class naval systems engineers for the Navy's civilian acquisition, engineering and science workforce.    Led by the University of Michigan, the NEEC Consortium will initially be comprised of 15 colleges and universities

Mongolian Citizens to be Trained in Rosneft Partner Universities

Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

  Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin and Minister for Education and Science of Mongolia Luvsannyam Gantumur signed an Agreement to arrange the training of citizens of Mongolia in partner universities of Rosneft. The signing ceremony was led by Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj in Ulan-Bator. Rosneft will assist to organization of teaching process for Mongolian citizens at Russian universities

Naval Engineering Education Center Kick Off

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) celebrated the kick off of the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC), launching a three-day conference at the University of Michigan, July 26-28.  NEEC is a new partnership between NAVSEA and a consortium of 15 top colleges and universities as well as 2 engineering professional societies focused on developing the Navy's future science, engineering and acquisition workforce. 

Neilson NSRI’s Academic Research Director

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring

The National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) has appointed Dr. Richard Neilson as academic research director. Dr. Neilson has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer and researcher in a number of Scottish Universities. During this time he spent four years on secondment with oil service company, Rotech Drilling Services, where he was responsible for the design and analysis of downhole tools. Dr Neilson has a PhD and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

Student-Built Robotic Boats to Compete

College Students from the United States and Canada will bring their robotic boats to Virginia Beach to compete for up to $20,000 in prize money. The event, the second International Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, is being sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Washington, DC-based Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation. The competition will occur June 18-21 at the Founder’s Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach.

Cummings Supports Coast Guard’s Educational Partnership

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will join Coast Guard senior leaders and the President of Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson, on Tuesday, November 1st, aboard the newly delivered Coast Guard National Security Cutter STRATTON to sign a partnership agreement that will provide new academic opportunities to Morgan State

SNAME Graduate Scholarships Award Winners


  SNAME announced the recipients of the Graduate Scholarships awarded for year 2015-16. The winners are: Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship Award goes to Alyssa M. Bennett, 2015 Ocean Engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, to study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor William M. Kennedy Scholarship Award has been won by Michael T. Buelsing, 2010 Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of San Diego

$1.3 Million Grant for Deepwater Horizon Research

University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye, who is the Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences, and UGA colleagues Patricia Medeiros and Christof Meile have received a $1.3 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative that will enable UGA researchers and scientists from 13 other institutions to understand more thoroughly the ecosystem impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Student Ferry Competition Draws Record Participation

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association’s (WFSA) international student ferry design competition, geared toward developing a Safe Affordable Ferry, enters its third year receiving more entrants than ever before.   For this year’s competition for a RoPax (passenger-truck) ferry for

Calnetix Technologies to Present at ASME ORC 2015

75-kilowatt  organic Rankine cycle turbogenerator originally used at an experimental power plant in Kuopio, Finland Courtesy Wikipedia

  Engineers from Calnetix Technologies will present at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) 2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 12-14.   Controls and Systems Engineer Chris Sellers will give a paper

HMS Announces Management Hires

Steve Carlson (Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

Smith Taken on Rolls-Royce Holdings Board

Kevin Smith Courtesy GKN Plc

  Rolls-Royce Holdings plc today announces the appointment of Sir Kevin Smith CBE as a Non-Executive Director.  Sir Kevin will join the Board with effect from 1 November 2015 and will become a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

Photo: Inhabitat

 Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University.   Despite climate change, Arctic sea ice remains too thick and treacherous, says the study

SulNOx, LR Join Forces to Promote SulNOxEco Fuels


  SulNOx Fuel Fusions Plc. (SulNOx), the leading global producer and supplier of fuel emulsion technology, and Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading technical, business services organisation and maritime classification society, today signed an agreement that will see LR provide verification

USS Cowpens Holds Cruiser Modernization Induction

USS Cowpens

  The guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) was inducted as the first ship to undergo a modernization effort that will significantly upgrade its capabilities in multiple mission areas, Sept. 25, at Naval Base San Diego. The CG Phased Modernization Program is designed to balance the

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

Phillips Named Sr VP Of Human Resources, Carnival Cruise

Ron L. Phillips

  Ron L. Phillips has been appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources – Office of People and Potential for Carnival Cruise Line.  In this capacity, Phillips will oversee shoreside and shipboard human resources for the world’s largest cruise line

USCG Transfer Man, Medevacs Woman in NC

USCG Medevacs Woman in NC

  The Coast Guard transferred a male patient on Saturday from Morehead City, then medevaced an 80-year-old woman from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles south of Cape Lookout. Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request Saturday morning to transfer a male patient suffering

Career Starters Begin Dual Studies Program at Voith

Photo: Voith

Press Release -- Twenty-nine young women and men are starting their dual studies program today at Voith in Heidenheim. Alternating between the company and the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), 22 students will study the theory and practice of their respective subject

New CEO Takes the Helm at Transas

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

Frank Coles has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for Transas Marine, a provider of equipment, software and system integration for the maritime industry.   A maritime business professional, Coles brings to the position leadership experience in

Commission Appointments at Long Beach Port

Lou Anne Bynum and Doug Drummond

  The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Long Beach City College executive Lou Anne Bynum and former City Councilman Doug Drummond to second terms on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.   Mayor Robert Garcia announced the reappointments last month

Robots Help Map England’s Deepwater Canyons

(Image: codemap2015)

The first true three-dimensional picture of submarine canyon habitats has been produced using a combination of marine robotics and ship-based measurements.   The information captured in this new set of maps ranges in scale from the 200km canyon down to the size of an individual cold-water

Imtech Marine Signs on to Stay at Innovation Center

From left to right: Mark Linde and Angelien Sanderman (Photo: Imtech Marine)

Imtech Marine, the maritime technologies arm of the recently bankrupt Royal Imtech N.V., announced it has signed on for a prolonged stay at the RDM Innovation Dock where technical students work to develop new maritime technologies such as autonomous and emission free sailing.

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