University Of Pittsburgh News

02 Jul 2018

HII Appoints Brady as Chief Operating Officer for SN3

Sharon Brady is chief operating officer of SN3, part of HII’s Technical Solutions division. HII photo

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) (NYSE:HII) has appointed Sharon Brady chief operating officer of SN3, part of Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Technical Solutions division, effective June 4. In this new position, she plays a leading role in supporting SN3’s current portfolio and developing strategies for growth. Brady has been with SN3 since 2001, serving in various corporate and government contract positions. She most recently served as director of business services for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL)…

23 Jan 2018

Rising Tide of Innovation at Davos to Keep Plastic out of the Sea

© Eugene Wais / Adobe Stock

Technology that could avoid the equivalent of 100 garbage bags of plastic waste being created per second received a funding boost at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. The five winners of the "Circular Materials Challenge", which focuses on the 30 percent of plastic packaging that is too small or complex to be recycled and often ends up in the ocean, will share the $1 million prize to develop their solutions, said the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and innovation network NineSigma.

13 Jan 2017

DiCianna Joins Choice Ballast Solutions

Debra DiCianna (Photo: Choice Ballast Solutions)

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a provider of ballast water treatment planning, installation and compliance, has hired Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer. DiCianna’s career in the maritime industry spans over 25 years with extensive experience in the compliance and operational issues of shipowners and the design/performance of ballast water management systems. In her role at Choice, DiCianna will be responsible for assisting clients, both shipowners and ballast water treatment manufacturers, in all matters concerning BWMS planning, installation and compliance.

13 May 2015

PPG Announces Executive Appointments

Morales Vince

PG Industries today announced executive appointments effective June 1. Vince Morales, currently vice president, investor relations, will become vice president, investor relations, and treasurer. Morales will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Frank Sklarsky. Since joining PPG in 1985, Morales has advanced through various finance leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He was appointed to his current position in 2007. Morales earned a Bachelor of Science from Robert Morris University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.

06 Mar 2014

Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the organization and helps to provide resources to advance the Foundation’s mission to support the service of men and women in the United States Coast Guard. This year, the board welcomes three newly elected officers and four new members to its executive committee, as well as three new board members. Robert J.

04 Nov 2013

PPG Appoints Two Vice Presidents

Diane M. Kappas (left) and Jane Valenta

PPG Industries announced that Diane M. Kappas has been appointed vice president, Americas, for the protective and marine coatings (PMC) business, effective Dec. 1. The company also announced that Jane Valenta has been appointed to Kappas’ previous role of vice president, environment, health and safety (EHS), effective Dec. Kappas will assume full responsibility for PPG’s PMC business in the United States, Canada and Latin America, and she will report to Tim Knavish, global vice president, PMC.

30 May 2013

LaHood Appoints Seven to USMMA Advisory Board

Ray Lahood, U.S. Transportation Secretary (Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the appointment of seven members to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Board. The USMMA Advisory Board serves as an independent body whose purpose is to examine the course of instruction and management at the Academy and advise the USMMA Superintendent and Maritime Administrator to ensure the best possible educational atmosphere for all midshipmen. “The Department is committed to providing every midshipman at Kings Point the highest-quality education possible,” said Secretary LaHood.

24 Apr 2013

Former Congress Lawyer to Serve as AdvanFort Legal Counsel

AdvanFort Company said attorney Sheila R. Schreiber has come onboard as its in-house legal counsel. Schreiber brings experience in the private and public sectors. She is a former litigation partner with Howrey LLP, served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and has extensive experience in the national and international sales of industrial products. Her specialties include commercial, regulatory, employment, intellectual property, corporate and antitrust matters. Schreiber is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh law school where she was a member of the Law Review. Her bar and court memberships include the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

17 Oct 2012

WRSystems Promote Greg Black Senior V-P

Greg Black, Director of the Government Business Solutions Division, promoted to Senior Vice President of WRSystems, Ltd. Mr. Black has over 30 years of experience in federal and private sector weapon system program management. He served in the United States Air Force and after completion of his military duty, entered the Federal Civil Service as an engineer with the Naval Space Command, performing several functions including Program Manager for the Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) program. He joined WRSystems in 1997 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. The company's Government Business Solutions Division provides end-to-end technology solutions…

26 Jun 2012

Changing of the Guard at Tidewater Inc.

Jeff Platt assumed the role of  CEO of Tidewater Inc. earlier this month. (Photo: Tidewater)

Dean Taylor bid farewell to his post as Tidewater Inc.'s chief executive officer on May 31, following a prosperous, far-flung career of 34 years at the New Orleans-based company. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Platt, who has worked side by side with Taylor for fifteen years, took the helm. And Jeff Gorski was named the new COO. In his decade as chief, Taylor guided Tidewater's fleet expansion. The company has poured hundreds of millions of dollars yearly into an energetic building-and-acquisition effort.

18 Feb 2010

Mystic Seaport Awarded NEH Grant

The Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport has been awarded a “We the People” grant of $166,094 from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). The grant will support “The American Maritime People,” a six-week college and university teacher institute for 25 participants on American maritime history from the colonial era to the present. As the third NEH Institute offered at Munson, the 2010 course will build on the latest research in studies of the sea, providing teachers with the opportunity to enhance course offerings by studying the influence of maritime activities on U.S. history and culture.

20 Dec 2001

Vice Chairman of Schlumberger Limited Retires

Schlumberger Limited announced today that vice chairman Victor Grijalva will retire at the end of the year. decades. made an enormous contribution to the success of the company during a period which has seen many changes and huge swings in upstream activity. engineer in Houston in 1964. North American operations in 1985. Having steered Schlumberger through the mid-1980 industry downturn, he was named executive vice president of Schlumberger Wireline and Testing and Anadrill in 1989 and executive vice president of Oilfield Services in 1993. Just under ten years later in 1998, Grijalva became vice chairman of Schlumberger Limited. of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

11 Jul 2002

Mississippi Queen To Drop Anchor in Pittsburgh

The Mississippi Queen, one of the boats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Line, will arrive at the new North Shore docking facility on Tuesday, July 16. This is the first voyage of one of the Delta Queen boats into Pittsburgh this year and it will be repeated by the Mississippi Queen in August. Dale McClelland of Celebrate Pittsburgh and Beyond, the contracted receptive operator in Pittsburgh, is "very excited about the arrival of the Mississippi Queen and the future of the Delta Queen Steamboat operation. The possibility exists for expanding the Queens' layovers and making Pittsburgh a multi-night port city in the future." Providing the needed hotel rooms, dining facilities and entertainment would give an economic lift to tourism in Pittsburgh.

01 Feb 2005

Huge Wave Damages Passenger Ship

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) -- A passenger ship with about 700 college students aboard limped into Honolulu Harbor five days after a huge wave tossed the vessel around in heavy seas, damaging three of its four engines and injuring two crew members. "Most people have been happy it's finally sunny and are glad to be going to Hawaii," Becca Leonard, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Southern California, said Monday after the ship pulled into port. The 591-foot Explorer, with 990 people aboard, was about 650 miles south of Adak, Alaska, when the wave hit early Wednesday morning. Adak is in the Aleutian Islands about 1,300 miles southwest of Anchorage.

16 Oct 2007

Alion Hires Security Expert

Alion Science and Technology hired Dr. Charles Massey as the director of port and maritime security to lead the creation of a port security solution for domestic and international ports. The Alion solution will focus on ports that do not currently have the support, staff and budget to screen cargo at the levels required to maintain port security and to trade internationally. As an internationally recognized expert in maritime and nonproliferation security, Dr. Massey performed work for U.S. and foreign governments in nuclear facilities, seaports, airports and border crossings in over 40 countries. His previous experience includes serving as the International Borders and Maritime Security Program Manager at Sandia National Laboratories.

25 Jul 2006

Tidewater Promotes Platt

Tidewater Inc. promoted Jeffrey M. Platt, from senior vice president of the company to the position of executive vice president. Platt will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day marine operations of the company, both domestically and internationally. Platt is a 1979 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He joined Tidewater in 1996 as general manager of its business activities in Brazil. In 2001, he assumed responsibility for Tidewater's joint ventures and business in Mexico. In November 2001, Platt was promoted to the position of corporate vice president with responsibility for all of Tidewater's business activities in South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In March 2004, he was promoted to senior vice president.

28 Aug 2002

Mississippi Queen Drops Anchor in Pittsburgh

The Mississippi Queen, one of the best-known boats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Line, will arrived at the new North Shore docking facility in the early this morning. This is the first voyage of one of the Delta Queen boats into Pittsburgh this year. Dale McClelland of Celebrate Pittsburgh and Beyond, the contracted receptive operator in Pittsburgh, is "very excited about the arrival of the Mississippi Queen and the future of the Delta Queen Steamboat operation. The possibility exists for expanding the Queens' layovers and making Pittsburgh a multi-night port city in the future." Providing the needed hotel rooms, dining facilities and entertainment would give an economic lift to tourism in Pittsburgh.

01 Jul 2003

Sea Tow International Announces Alliance with StarMD

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., has formed an alliance with StarMD, LLC to provide direct, accredited medical assistance to recreational boaters who may experience a medical emergency while out at sea. As part of the exclusive agreement, Sea Tow members will be offered immediate 24-hour a day access to StarMD’s trained emergency medical physicians at a significantly reduced price. Effective immediately, Sea Tow members will have the opportunity to access the Maritime Emergency Response Program, established in 2002 between StarMD and The University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center (UPMC) that puts boaters in immediate contact with a board certified emergency medicine physician at UPMC in the event of an emergency.

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