OES DL Seminar : Push and Pull of Marine Technology

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Speaker: Dr. Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad, Oregon State University (OSU), United States Date/Time: Thursday 18 April 2019  6.00 pm for 6.30 pm. Abstract: The evolution of marine technology is characterized by a balance of “requirements pull” and “capabilities push”. The most obvious driver for scientific/engineering advancement is the need for enhanced performance, in terms of cost, efficiency and safety. To this end, the traditional maritime industries and applications (e.g. oil and gas exploration, commercial fishing, marine transport, etc.) have fostered improvements in a range of areas such as dynamic positioning, acoustic sensors, imaging techniques, and data management. In parallel, seemingly disparate technological communities are providing innovative opportunities for exploitation in marine applications. Examples include advanced materials, genetic probes, and compressive sensing. Coupled with developments of a “New Blue Economy”, and the role of technological disruptions, we have an exciting era for defining the trajectory of marine technology.

The evolution of marine technology is characterized by a balance of “requirements pull” and “capabilities push”. The most obvious driver for scientific/engineering advancement is the need for enhanced performance, in terms of cost, efficiency and safety. To this end, the traditional maritime industries and applications (e.g. oil and gas exploration, commercial fishing, marine transport, etc.) have fostered improvements in a range of areas such as dynamic positioning, acoustic sensors, imaging techniques, and data management. In parallel, seemingly disparate technological communities are providing innovative opportunities for exploitation in marine applications. Examples include advanced materials, genetic probes, and compressive sensing. Coupled with developments of a “New Blue Economy”, and the role of technological disruptions, we have an exciting era for defining the trajectory of marine technology. 

Location: RMIT University, Room 80.07.058
Enquiries: Prashan Kandasamy prashan.k15@gmail.com |Alan Harvey Acupak00@hotmail.com

Brief Biography: Dr. Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad is a Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and President of the Marine Technology Society (MTS). In 2016 he retired as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he had been appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014. 

An internationally recognized scientist and executive with more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Spinrad was the Vice President for Research at OSU, and from 2003 until 2010 was the head of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the National Ocean Service.

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Spinrad was a co-lead of the White House Committee that developed the nation’s first set of ocean research priorities and oversaw the revamping of NOAA’s research enterprise.

Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Spinrad held leadership positions at the U.S. Office of Naval Research and Oceanographer of the Navy, where he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award (highest award given by the U.S. Navy to a civilian). He has held faculty appointments at three universities (OSU, US Naval Academy, and George Mason University), served as Executive Director at the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education,

He is the recipient of Presidential Rank Awards from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. Dr. Spinrad is past president of The Oceanography Society. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, MTS, and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), and an IMarEST Chartered Marine Scientist.

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