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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Michigan Technological University News

RB Royal Announces New Chief Operating Officer

The appointment of John E. Valek to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RB Royal Industries, Inc. was announced by John W. Neumann, Jr., the company's Chairman and CEO. Valek will also continue to perform his duties as Executive Vice- president and General Manager. A graduate of Michigan Technological University, Valek received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He has been with the company since 1994.

Barczak Joins Alan C. McClure Associates

Nicholas Barczak

Naval architecture and engineering firm Alan C. McClure Associates (ACMA) announced today that Registered Professional Engineer Nicholas Barczak has joined the ACMA team as a naval architect. Nick received his Masters of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Design in 2008 from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He also attended Michigan Technological University where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining ACMA, Nick worked as a Naval Architect with Art Anderson Associates and Elliott Bay Design Group.

Two Shipwrecks Found in Lake Huron

Choctaw. Photo: Ocean Explorer, NOAA

NOAA maritime archaeologists and partners have located and identified two previously undiscovered historic shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The shipwrecks are the wooden steamer Ohio (1873-1894) and the steel-hulled steamer Choctaw (1892-1915). In May 2017, a sanctuary-led expedition used high-resolution sonars to map the bottom of Lake Huron, during which they located the two ships. At the time, researchers were confident they had discovered the 202-foot Ohio and the 266-foot Choctaw.

Samson R&D: Mozsgai, Pederson, Dundas

Samson, specialist in performance cordage, has furthered its commitment to research and development by hiring Greg Mozsgai, Senior R&D Engineer; Mark Pederson, R&D Engineer; and Dylan Dundas, Sales Support Technician. Greg Mozsgai comes to Samson with an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I) and a BS degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. His diverse experience includes microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) design and fabrication. Most recently, he worked for a start up spun out of the U of I, manufacturing small fuel cells as battery replacements for portable electronics in both the consumer and industrial/military markets. As Senior R&D Engineer, Mr.

Unidynamics Hires New Engineering Director

Unidynamics welcomed back William H. Kell to its team as Director of Systems Engineering responsible for estimating, product development, design and manufacturing engineering. Bill comes to us with over 15 years of engineering experience and was with Crane Defense Systems, the parent company of Unidynamics prior to its acquisition by Gulf Coast Holdings in the fall of 1999. Bill's desire to return to Unidynamics coupled with his history with the company made him an optimal choice for this position. His most recent experience was with SGI-Integrated Graphic Systems as their Director of Engineering. During his tenure with SGI, he was responsible for Product Development and Estimating, Product Configuration Control, Drafting and Art.

High Capacity At-Sea Transfer System Under Development

A team led by Rolls-Royce has been selected to develop and deliver an integrated high-capacity ship-to-ship cargo transfer system concept for the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). materials, personnel and equipment in heavy seas. This high-capacity alongside sea-based sustainment (HiCASS) award is the first of several phases and is valued at $1million. Ultimately, HiCASS could be worth as much as $20 million as the project moves through demonstration and initial production phases over three years.

USN Announces 2015 Young Investigators

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It's a career-defining moment for 36 college and university faculty April 30, as the Department of the Navy announces the recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program, one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Collectively, awardees will receive $18.8 million in grants to fund research across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. This is a banner year for the program, administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which increased funding by 50 percent over last year.

New Science Vessel for USCG Academy

Michael J. Greeley Spirit of ’61

Viking Welding & Response Marine, Inc. have recently completed a 36’ research vessel, which is being used in United States Coast Guard Academy coursework this fall. Christened the Michael J. Greeley Spirit of ’61, the vessel was largely funded by gifts from the Academy class of 1961 and named after a class member who passed away while a cadet at the Academy. The Michael J. Greeley adds capacity, capability and versatility to the marine research and lab work offerings of the Academy.

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. “Sailors depend upon you to give them a ship with a technological edge. The NEEC will provide the best minds and training to give the Sailors the technological edge they rely on," said Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the keynote speaker at the Kick-Off event.

ABS Drives Game-changing Tech through Research

University Partnership Symposium spotlights research that aims to contribute to sustainable solutions for industry. Classification society ABS has revealed technological advances at its recent University Partnership Symposium in Houston. ABS said the research it is funding through some of the top universities around the world will lead to disruptive technology that will impact the role of classification. Academic leaders from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, George Washington University and the State University of New York Maritime College presented at the ABS-hosted event, which engaged participants from academia and industry.

Burger Elects Cleveringa as VP

Burger Boat Company announced the appointment of Ron Cleveringa to the newly created position of Vice President Sales and Marketing. was promoted to the Project Engineering Team in January 2007. University of Michigan in 1984. Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 1994. than seven years ago. will begin in his new position immediately.

Admiral Kramek Named President-Elect of SNAME

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) named Robert E. Kramek president elect of the organization at its recent Annual Maritime Technology Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas. Kramek, President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS will commence his term January 1, 2007, succeeding current SNAME President Dr. Roger H. Compton. Admiral Kramek is a former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) from which he retired as a Four Star Admiral. Admiral Robert E. Kramek graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Academy with a B.S. in engineering in 1961 and attended postgraduate schools at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alaska.

NAVSEA Sponsors Program at U. of Michigan

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has created a Summer Naval Surface Ship Design program in cooperation with the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. The program will run from May 1 to June 16 and will include professors from the University of Michigan, the Naval Postgraduate School, Virginia Tech and instructors from NAVSEA’s Engineering Future Concepts and Surface Ship Design, Ship Costing, and Combat Systems Groups. The new series of courses is being offered at the graduate level on the unique aspect of naval ship design. The seven courses taught are: Naval Architecture Overview…

Foss Names Sumner CFO

Bryceon Sumner (Photo: Foss)

Bryceon Sumner has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund.

SNAME Graduate Scholarships Award Winners

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SNAME announced the recipients of the Graduate Scholarships awarded for year 2015-16. Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship Award goes to Alyssa M. William M. Kennedy Scholarship Award has been won by Michael T. Recipient of Tommy L Richards Scholarship Award is Russell George Forthuber, 2009 Marine Engineering Systems graduate of the U.S. Alan C. McClure Scholarship Award has been bestowed on James McNeill Landreth, 2008 graduate of the U.S. John V. Frederick H. The winner of the David A. O'Neil Scholastic Award is Anthony Donato Nigro, 1991 Marine Engineer graduate of S.U.N.Y.

Austal USA Names Spiegel COO

Austal announced the appointment of Dan Spiegel to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Austal’s Mobile, Ala., shipyard. Spiegel, his wife and their three children have relocated to the Mobile area from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spiegel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. He brings to Austal a successful career background that includes over 20 years of management experience in the manufacturing industry. Current activity at the Mobile yard includes two 353-ft, (107-m) high-speed cargo/passenger ferries for Hawaii Superferry and one 127-m Littoral Combat Ship under construction for the U.S. Navy. Austal’s operation in the US currently employs over 700 shipyard workers.

Austal USA Names Spiegel COO

Austal announced the appointment of Dan Spiegel to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Austal’s Mobile, Ala., shipyard. Spiegel, his wife and their three children have relocated to the Mobile area from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spiegel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. He brings to Austal a successful career background that includes over 20 years of management experience in the manufacturing industry. Current activity at the Mobile yard includes two 353-ft, (107-m) high-speed cargo/passenger ferries for Hawaii Superferry and one 127-m Littoral Combat Ship under construction for the U.S. Navy. Austal’s operation in the US currently employs over 700 shipyard workers.

MarTID: The Global Maritime Training Survey

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In a coming edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, we explore modern training and “blended learning” techniques with Murray Goldberg, CEO of Marine Learning Systems, maker of MarineLMS. A researcher and developer of learning management systems, Goldberg’s software has been used by millions of people and companies worldwide. Here Goldberg explains the scope and important of a historic new annual survey, The Maritime Training and Insights Database (MarTID) (www.martid.org/survey).

University of Mich. To Host Panel on Low Great Lakes Levels

Photo Compliments of Michigan Sea Grant

The University of Michigan will host a seminar and panel discussion entitled “Low Great Lakes Water Levels: Understanding the causes and potential consequences” on May 30 from 3-5 p.m. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The two-hour seminar and panel discussion will address the drivers of decreased lake levels as well as the management and potential economic implications. North America's Great Lakes hold the largest amount of available surface freshwater in the world, comprising approximately 21% of the world’s total freshwater supply.

Marine Pollution Control Announces Promotions

Clockwise from top left: Dr. Manik S. Sardessai, Walter J. Putman, Jr., Timothy P. Schallhorn and Catherine Gibbons

Dr. Manik S. Sardessai has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Dr. Sardessai, who earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wayne State University, has worked for MPC since 1995in a variety of positions and will continue in his leadership role for technical and regulatory matters. He has distinguished himself internationally as an authority on the handling of hazardous materials. Walter J. Putman, Jr., has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager. Putman, who has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix…

ZIM Hires Geffen as Chief Digital Officer

(Photo: ZIM)

Israel's largest cargo shipping firm ZIM has hired Liav Geffen to serve in the newly created position of chief digital officer (CDO). “The new Digital Unit in ZIM will drive the digital transformation the company has already embarked upon,” said ZIM president & CEO, Eli Glickman. “We intend to foster innovation and technology across the board, impacting every aspect of our operations. Over the last eight years, Geffen was VP Marketing of Harel Group. He holds a law degree and a business MBA.

Bristol Harbor Group Continues Expansion

Annie Fisher

The Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the continued expansion of its naval architecture and marine engineer practice. Over the past six months the company has welcomed four new additions to the team: Annie Fisher, Naval Architect; Nathan Seelig, Mechanical Engineer; Christopher Cluett, Naval Architect; and Rhea Levin, Administrative Assistant. Annie Fisher graduated in 2013 from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. She started at Michigan as an aerospace engineer…

Noone Named President of TOTE Maritime Alaska

Michael Noone (Photo: TOTE Maritime Alaska)

TOTE Maritime Alaska announced that Michael Noone will assume the role of President, January 1, 2016. Noone joined TOTE Maritime Alaska as Chief Operating Officer in August 2013, bringing 28 years of experience in the shipping and logistics field. As COO, he has been responsible for creating strategic and operating plans for sales, pricing and operations. Noone received his bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and is certified by some of the nation’s top executive programs in Logistics…

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